Zaffino Wins PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open for 25th Regional Title

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Zaffino (right) with Rossi Lanes owner Sperry Navonne

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., defeated Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., 269-216, to win the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes Sunday for his 25th career PBA regional title.

Zaffino led qualifying and was never seriously challenged during Sunday’s elimination finals, losing only one game. The win earned him $2,700, including a $200 squad leader bonus. LeClair earned $1,250 as the runner-up.

Zaffino defeated Bill Neumann of Rensselaer, N.Y., 246-180, and LeClair defeated Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 193-189, in the semifinal round. Neumann and Ventura each earned $800 as semifinal round losers.

The next PBA East Region event is the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open presented by Storm held at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 10-12.

Rossi Lanes, Elmira, N.Y., Sunday

Championship: Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa. ($2,500) def. Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., ($1,250), 269-216.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $800):

Zaffino def. Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 246-180.

LeClair def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 193-189.

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $700 each):

Zaffino def. a-Doug Mosher, Elmira, N.Y., 2-0.

Neumann def. Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 2-0.

LeClair def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 2-0.

Ventura def. Mike Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 2-1.

Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $600 each):

Zaffino def. Steve Jones, Berlin, Md., 3-1.

Mosher def. Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 3-0.

Neumann def. Chuck Pitts, Cortland, N.Y., 3-0.

Donaghue def. Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3-1.

Shultis def. Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 3-0.

LeClair def. Conn Casey, Toronto, Ont., 3-1.

Tryniski def. Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3-0.

Ventura def. a-Brian Boghosian, Springfield, Mass., 3-1.

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