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Jakob Butturff Wins PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open
Lubbock, Texas (January 20, 2019) –Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., overcame a tightly bunched leaderboard in the final position round match to win his 20th PBA Regional title Sunday in the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes, a prelude event to the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s Lubbock Sports Open that begins Tuesday.
Butturff, undoubtably the hottest player in the PBA, held a 38-pin lead over Sam Cooley of Australia going into the 21st and final game of the tournament while snapping at their heels were former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Tom Daugherty from Riverview, Fla. Only 66 pins separated the top four players. In the final game, Butturff suffered a first frame open, but rebounded with a plethora of strikes to win his match against Cooley, 248-202, earn an additional 30 bonus pins for winning the match, and he won the tournament going away by completing an unbeaten 8-0 round of match play.
Rash defeated Daugherty, 222-210, to jump to second place as Cooley claimed third while Daugherty maintained fourth place. Butturff earned $4,000 for the victory, Rash collected $2,400, as Cooley added $1,600, while Daugherty settled for $1,200.
The PBA’s Lubbock Sports Open follows at South Plains with the finals to be televised live on Fox Sports’ FS1 channel on Sunday at 2 p.m. Central.
The next PBA Southwest Region event will be the PBA FireLake Southwest Open, April 5-7, in Shawnee, Okla.