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Columbia 300 staffer Dallas Leong Tops PBA Houston Southwest Challenge Field
Houston, Texas, (March 18, 2016) – College student Dallas Leong from Las Vegas, Nev., won five of his final six matches Sunday to win the Professional Bowlers Association Houston Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Global 900.
Leong, a student at UNLV and a non-member of the PBA, was visiting friends on spring break in Houston, and decided to enter his first PBA event. He threw three strikes in the ninth and 10th frames of the fin
al game position round to overtake runner up Jonathan Pokorny of Converse, Texas, for the victory. PBA Challenge events are open only to non-members who have not won a PBA event and PBA members not credited with a PBA title. Because he is a non-member, Leong collected the $2,500 first prize but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title.
Leong, who led the 13 game qualifying, started the modified round robin match play finals by losing his first match and tying his second, but he then won five of his final six matches to overtake fellow non-member Pokorny by 43 pins for the win. Pokorny qualified in seventh place, made a charge to the lead by winning his first five matches, and led Leong by seven pins going into the final game. Leong finished with a total pinfall of 4,547 while Pokorny ended with a 4,504 total. Pokorny pocketed $1,800 as the runner-up.