Chris McSwain from Charlotte, N.C., defeated the defending Ohio Valley Match Play Champion, Brent Conaway, 248-232, to win the first of 35 weekly qualifiers of the 33rd annual Match Play.
McSwain won $75 compliments of weekly sponsor Steubenville Fruit. McSwain, averaged 236 for his six games and was also the two-game high qualifier with games of 225 and 257 for a 482. He eliminated Justin Paliswat, 215-212, in one semi final, while Conaway slipped by Past Grand Finale Champion Rich Erlewine, 206-197, in the other semi final.
The top 24 on the Buddy Light Accounting and Chuck Ludewig Insurance Point List will qualify for Grand Finale with the top eight each receiving a first round bye.
Tournament sponsors Miller Lite, Buddy Light Accounting, and Chuck Ludewig Insurance guarantee the $1,000 finale top prize.
Week two of qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. at Bruce Lanes.
For more information on the tournament call Bruce Lanes at 304-455-1551 or check out the Web at www.brucelanes.com.
Senior Club: High Game- Lil Miller, 151; and Bill Griffith, 188; No Tap- Lil Miller, 171; and John Miller, 227; 3-6-9-game- Lil Miller, 169; and John Miller, 212; High Series- Lil Miller, 491; and John Miller, 591;