If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That motto fit perfectly during the semifinals of the year's Grand Finale.
Kevin Lude faced Justin Paliswat in a rematch of last year's championship, which he lost. However, this year, Lude tried and tried again and came up with a 229-223 victory to put him in the championship match again.
This year, Lude finished the deal with a 227-226 win over Brent Conaway for the 2009-10 crown. Lude averaged 226 for his six games in a high-scoring event which featured a 299 by Chuck Fischerkeller and a 289 by Chet Richmond. Both bowlers had six weekly wins.
Fischerkeller was the two-game high qualifier with 268-299 for a 567. Conaway defeated Katie Fischerkeller 266-201 in his semifinal, while averaging 237 for his six games. Sean Johnson, Annette Johnson, and Dave Johnson were eliminated in the quarter finals.
Lude won $1,000, compliments of tournament sponsors Miller Lite, Capitol Beverage, and Buddy Light Accounting. Conaway came away with $500 for his runner-up performance. Richmond was awarded $100 from Buddy Light Accounting for his Point List championship.
This year's event paid out more than $8,800, pushing the 34-year total prize money to more than $301,000.
John Leek Jr. won the Arkle Costanza Memorial Award by bowling the most weekly events, 34, and the Chup Robinson Sportsmanship Award. Lil Miller won the Doris Westfall Performance Award by being the highest-ranked woman on the Point List (in fifth place). Buddy Light won the Rick Doty Service Award, symbolic of the one individual most responsible for the success of this year's Grand Finale.
Tournament Director Keith Craycraft pointed out that the event could not have been as successful as it has been without the support of the many sponsors and the bowlers of the Ohio Valley. With their help, plans already are underway for the 35th Annual Grand Finale.