Columbia 300 News
Columbia 300 staffer Clara Guerrero wins Thrid PBA Regional Title.
Odessa, Texas, (March 21, 2016) – Colombia native Clara Guerrero, now residing in Pflugerville, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr, from Pasadena, Texas, 246-236, to claim a record-tying third Professional Bowlers Association Regional title Sunday in the fifth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open, presented by Columbia 300 at Astro Bowl.
Guerrero, a five-time World Bowling Women’s World Champion, started the championship match with a two spares while Lavery-Spahr threw four strikes. Guerrero rallied behind two turkeys and had an opportunity to close out Lavery-Spahr with a double in her 10th frame. A seven pin on her second shot gave Lavery-Spahr a chance for the win, but needing a double, he could only manage the first strike.
Guerrero not only claimed the $2,500 first place check, but she joined California’s Missy Parkin as the only two women to win three PBA Regional titles.
Guerrero, who finished the qualifying rounds in seventh place, received a bye to the Round of 12 where she started her road to victory by defeating amateur Seth Rutledge from Dallas, Texas, 2-1, in their best-of-three-game match. She followed with a 2-0 victory over Mike Bailey of Allen, Texas, and in the semifinal round, she defeated Jakob Butturff from Phoenix, 238-197.
Lavery-Spahr advanced to the finals by defeating Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 8, and qualifying leader Martin Bedford from Altus, Okla., 233-228, in the semifinal round.
Lavery-Spahr earned $1,700 for second place. Butturff and Bedford each received $1,100 as semifinal round losers.
The PBA Southwest Region’s next event is the PBA Houston Copperfield Southwest Challenge, March 25-27. Challenge tournaments are limited to amateurs who have never won a PBA event, and to members who do not have a PBA title. The PBA Grand Hotel/Casino/Resort FireLake Open follows April 8-10, in Shawnee, Okla.
Saturday, March 19
A Squad: 9 a.m. – (eight games)
B Squad: 2:30 p.m.- (eight games)
Top 1/3 advance to Casher's round
Sunday, March 20
Cashers Round: 8:30 a.m. – (five games)
Bracket Match Play With Bye Rounds (based on 16 finalists)
Round 1 – Qualifiers 9-16 bowl (best-of-three games):Noon
Round 2 – Winners and Qualifiers 5-8 bowl (best-of-three games): Immediately following.
Round 3 – Winners and qualifiers 1-4 bowl (best-of-three games): Immediately following.
Round 4 – Winners bowl (single-game): Immediately following
Round 5 – Winners bowl (single-game): Immediately following
Final standings (1-10)
Pos Name - Hometown W-L Pins Prize Points
1 Guerrero, f-Clara - Colombia 6-1 4725/20 $2500.00 25000.00
2 Lavery-Spahr, Anthony - Pasadena, Texas 3-1 3972/17 $1700.00 21714.00
3 Bedford, Martin - Andrews AFB, Md. 2-2 4122/17 $1100.00 19249.00
4 Butturff, Jakob - Chandler, Ariz. 6-1 4562/20 $1100.00 17332.00
5 Gengelbach, Kurt (s) - Carrollton, Texas 5-3 4860/21 $800.00 15398.00
6 Bailey, Mike - Allen, Texas 0-2 3509/15 $800.00 14143.00
7 Bohr, Nathan - Wichita, Kan. 0-2 3508/15 $800.00 13097.00
8 Findling, Joe - Mesquite, Texas 2-2 3890/17 $800.00 12212.00
9 Maldonado, Shawn - Houston 1-2 3660/16 $650.00 11054.00
10 Rutledge, Seth (g) - Dallas, TX 3-3 4248/19 $650.00 0.00