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MacLelland was bidding to be the first Canadian-born bowler to win a PBA title.
Dan MacLelland’s run for a Professional Bowlers Association title fell short at the 2014 Barbasol Tournament of Champions in Allen Park, Mich.
MacLelland was bidding to be the first Canadian-born bowler to win a PBA title. He entered as the No. 4 qualifier for ESPN-televised finals from Thunderbowl Lanes, and faced a monumental task: beat all four of the reigning PBA major title holders for the $40,000 first prize.
In the opening match of the day, MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., faced off against defending champion and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. Using the new Track LX16, MacLelland started slow, striking only once in the first four frames. But from the 5th frame on, MacLelland was perfect, throwing the final eight strikes to defeat Weber 259-211.
The Track LX16 is Track’s latest high-performance ball release. It features a new I-Core dual density core, and is paired with Track’s QR-8 Pearl coverstock. The combination was designed specifically for players with lower rev rates or anyone looking for a big downlane reaction.
The run to the title ended for MacLelland in the second stepladder match. He faced off against reining U.S. Open champion and nine-time PBA champion Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas. MacLelland opened with a spare and two strikes to take an early lead. The momentum changed when MacLelland left the 4-6-7-10 split and failed to convert. It was the first of four consecutive frames where he did not strike. Malott found his groove, striking on eight of his next nine shots, to defeat MacLelland 248-199.
The show was the 7th career telecast for MacLelland in his five years as a professional. His highest finish was at the 2010 PBA Shark Championship to Osku Palermaa, 175-149. The 4th place finish at the Tournament of Champions was MacLelland’s highest in a PBA major championship, matching his 4th place finish at the 2012 USBC Masters.