Columbia 300 News


1/27/14

MacLelland is the No. 4 seed for the championship round finals of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

Never has a Canadian bowler won a title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. Columbia 300 Pro Staff member Dan MacLelland has a chance to be the first.

MacLelland, a Montreal native, is the No. 4 seed for the championship round finals of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Allen Park, Mich. He hopes to climb through the stepladder finals and leave Thunderbowl Lanes with his first PBA title.

“I want to be the first,” said MacLelland, who now lives in Saginaw, Mich. “Patrick Girard made a few shows in 2005, and I was rooting for him to win. But I still wanted to be the first.”

MacLelland has bowled for a title before. He finished second in the 2010 Shark Championship to Osku Palermaa, losing a low-scoring affair, 175-149. He says he plans to draw on his past experiences to get to the winner’s circle.

“I can’t go into the TV show thinking the lanes are going to be the same,” MacLelland said. “There are more distractions, and the TV lights do cause the lanes to transition. So I’ve seen what can happen, and this time I’ll be prepared.”

MacLelland used the Columbia 300 Take Down for many of his 49 games of qualifying and match play. He says Columbia 300’s latest high-performance ball is a great compliment to the Smack Down, which was released in July.

“This week was the first time I got to throw one, and it’s a great ball,” he said. “It’s clean through the front part of the lane. It allowed me to stay in the right part of the lane and play straighter. At one point, I bowled 20 straight games with it.”

MacLelland will have his work cut out for him at the Tournament of Champions finals, which will be televised live on ESPN. He will have to defeat the four reigning major title winners for the top prize of $40,000. Standing in his way are Jason Belmonte (2013 USBC Masters), Dom Barrett (2013 PBA World Championship), Wes Malott (2013 U.S. Open) and defending champion Pete Weber.

“I’d love to bowl Belmonte for the title,” MacLelland said. “It won’t be easy, but I know I can do it.”

Going into the TV show, the game plan will be simple for MacLelland: get comfortable and have a good time.

“When I get there I’ll be ready for the atmosphere. I’ll have my game plan set and I’ll use my past experience. It will be a great show.”