champ Kellen Lavery
Kellen Lavery joined the JBT champions club by beating a strong field in a brutal forma, in exciting Saturday night action at Whitewood Lanes in Lubbock.
After 5 games of matchplay on the flat PBA Bear pattern, the top 8 competed in the popular but grueling Battle Bag format, where when you lose a game, your opponent takes a ball out of play, until you're out of equipment and thus eliminated. The first round was best 3-of-5, and it was bad news for Vanessa Romero, who wowed n qualifying to take the lead, but was upset by Levi Fintel in 5 tough games. In other matches, Lavery swept Carson Opela , William Yoder stopped Harley Sweigart 3-1, and in a terrific comeback, Donius Jeffries, the only handicap division regular to make the cut, came back from 2 games down (and thus with only one ball) to oust Chris Ortega.
In best 2-of-3 semis, Lavery swept Fintel and Yoder stopped Jeffries' fine run to set up the single game final. Both bowlers competed very well on the hyper-demanding Bear pattern, but a late-frame Greek Church from Yoder proved to be fatal. Kellen won the match 193-191, for a well-deserved first title of his JBT career.
Big thanks to Bill and Monica Wood and the team at Whitewood for allowing us the lanes and linage on a busy Saturday night to make this event happen. Want in on the unique formats and fun that only JBT provides? Just check out our schedule and come on down!
|Whitewood Lanes- final results and scholarship winners|
|3||Donius Jeffries II||$75|
|TOTAL AWARDED THIS EVENT: $530|