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Dave Wodka Advances to Top 24 Match Play After One Game Roll Off in the Chameleon Championship
By Chris Hester
After finishing the first squad of the PBA Chameleon Championship, presented by HotelPlanner.com, with a 193 game, Dave Wodka left the Reno National Bowling Stadium sitting in 13th place and likely feeling a bit uneasy about making the top 24 cut.
Several hours later, once the B squad had completed their qualifying round, he was notified he needed to get ready for some late night bowling in one of the most exciting, and nerve-wracking, situations in our sport: the one game roll-off.
Wodka, of Beavercreek, OH, would square off with PJ Haggerty in a single game in which the winner would move on to the top 24 match play round while the other would be left playing the “what if” game.
“Honestly I was just fortunate to even be in a roll-off," Wodka said. “I could have performed better the last game today.”
Riding the hot start of an early five bagger, he held off PJ by a score of 219 – 202 to advance to next week’s match play rounds.
“That’s the hardest game I have ever bowled in my life, to be honest with you," he said after the match.
Not only did he have the pressure of the one game/sudden death match, but he also decided to use a different ball in the roll-off than he had been using all through his qualifying squad that morning.
“I used the Hammer Rebel Solid for all 8 games of my qualifying round, but after some discussion with PBA Tour Reps Rob Gotchall and Mike Calderon, we felt that I needed something cleaner through the front part of the lane so we went with the Track Heat,” he said.
This turned out to be the correct decision for him.
Through two qualifying rounds of this year’s PBA World Series of Bowling, Wodka has made both match play cuts and is currently sitting in 13th place in the overall PBA World Championship standings.
“There is an overall goal to this, which is the World Championship," he said. “We still have two long days to go on two difficult patterns, so I’ve got a lot of work to do still.”
To keep track of Dave’s path to the PBA World Championships, be sure to tune in to XtraFrame on PBA.com and follow the Ebonite International social media pages for updates.