Fayetteville, N.C. (Mar. 10, 2019) – Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tennessee, bowling in his second tournament as a “senior,” defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 258-238, to win the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at LaFayette Lanes Sunday for his first PBA50 title.
Beasley, who won turned 50 in November, won $1,900 along with his 21st overall PBA Regional title. He went into the 10th frame needing a strike to win the title and did just that, finishing his final frame with three strikes to clinch the victory. Bellinger pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.
In the semifinal round, Beasley narrowly escaped his match with Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., winning a one-ball, sudden death roll-off, 10-9, after they tied at 289-289. Beasley threw first and struck. Auerbach followed, leaving a ringing 10 pin. In the other match, Bellinger disposed of non-PBA member Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., 233-223.
The tournament drew 76 50-and-older players. The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment South Open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino March 22 in Cherokee, N.C.