Oklahoma City, Okla. (April 30, 2019) – Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, survived a tense final match to win his eighth Professional Bowlers Association Regional title in the PBA Oklahoma City Planet Bowl Southwest Open, presented by Roto Grip, Sunday.
Findling led after eight and 13 games of qualifying, and maintained his lead through the modified eight-game round robin match play finals heading into the final position round match. Holding a 64-pin lead over Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, Lavery-Spahr needed to win the match by 35 pins and pick up the 30 match play bonus pins to deny Findling the title. After both players opened in the first frame, Lavery-Spahr strung seven strikes before leaving a 10 pin in the ninth frame, eventually finishing with a 244 game. It wasn’t enough. Findling threw two strikes in his 10th frame to finish with 227 and a 4,965 pinfall total, topping Lavery-Spahr’s 4,948 to claim the $2,500 winner’s check.
Lavery-Spahr held on to second place, earning $1,600, while his twin brother, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, also from Pasadena, finished third and collected $1,100.
The Southwest Region returns to Junction City, Kan., for the PBA Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open. May 3-5. Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, follows May 17-19, for the PBA Waxahachie Southwest Challenge. Challenge events are non-champion events and limited to non-winners in PBA events and PBA members without a PBA title.