O’Neil Wins Final Weekly Match Play
Ron O’Neil Jr. defeated Larry Henthorn 229-202 to win the final week of qualifying and $80, compliments of weekly sponsor Steubenville Fruit. Chuck Fisherkeller was the two-game high qualifier with 235-266 for a 501 total. O’Neil ousted Matt Erlewine 232-202 in one semi final, while Henthorn eliminated Brent Conaway, 227-210, in the other semi final.
Christina Hull became the first woman to win the Point List with 680 points. Conaway was second with 650 points; Lil Miller third with 640 points; Dave Hull fourth with 615 points; Fisherkeller fifth with 575 points; Dave Johnson, sixth with 540 points; John Miller, seventh with 485 points; and Rich Erlewine with 475 points finish out the top eight.
The top eight received a first-round bye in next week’s Grand Finale. The top 24 qualifiers and the past five Grand Champions that bowled the minimum five weeks also qualify. Mike Hall Sr, Lloyd Cross, Larry Henthorn, John Leek Jr., Gary Isner, Romy Williamson, Bull Marling, Kevin Lude, Ron O’Neil Jr., JT Work, Shawn DuVall, Sean Johnson, Justin Paliswat, Ron Rush, Matt Erlewine, Helen Agar, and Travis Southhall round out the Ohio Valley Match Play field.
Tournament sponsors Miller Lite, Buddy Light Accounting and Chuck Ludewig Insurance Agency guarantee the 32nd Annual Grand Finale top prize of $1,000.
In addition to the Point List, Christina Hull won the Doris Westfall Performance Award for being the highest woman on the point list. Lloyd Cross won the Chup Robinson Sportsmanship Award; Lil Miller won the Arkle Costanzo Memorial Award for qualifying the most times with 32; Rick Doty won the Kitty Brown Achievement Award for being the most responsible for the success of the tournament.
This year’s tournament paid out in excess of $8,000, pushing the total prize money for the history of the event to approximately $285, 000. This year’s winner will become the 53rd bowler to win $1,000 or more at Bruce Lanes.
Dave Hull, the defending Ohio Valley Match Play champion, will try to become the first bowler to repeat since Dud Snider in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
Competition will begin at 6 p.m. May 15, with the public invited. For more information on the Match Play check out www.brucelanes.com.
The Fun Girls comprised of Lana White, Sharon Hartwell, Hazel Morris, Christina Hull and Debbie Lancaster won the team handicap and actual division of the 42nd annual Women’s Bowling Association.
Hazel Morris and Lana White won the doubles handicap event with 1,263 pins, while Darla Craycraft and Barbie Yeager were second with 1, 247 and won the Actual Division with 1,082. Pat Craycraft won the Singles Handicap and Actual Division with 747 and 572 pins, respectively, while Christina Hull was second with 698 pins.
Pat also won the Seniors Singles handicap and Actual Division with 747 and 572 pins, respectively, while Donna Craig was second with 663 pins. Pat also won the All-Events Handicap Division with 1,996 pins, while Donna Craig was second with 1,891.
Arlene Cross won the Actual All-Events Division with 1,621 pins. Mensore Distributing and Yuengling Lager were tournament sponsors and provided jackets to all the handicap Division Champions. The Womens Association also inducted Judy Anderson, Birdiemae Farley, Debbie Lancaster, Sharon Lemasters and Mary Roberts at the annual tournament banquet Hall of Fame Ceremonies April 30.