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Lundquist wins Regional Players Championship



Published: May 28, 2012 | Bowl.com
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COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Jason Lundquist of Groveport, Ohio, pulled out every escape trick in his bag Sunday to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Regional Players Championship-East at Columbus Western Bowl by nine pins over Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga.

Lundquist, a 36-year-old three-time PBA Regional title winner, converted two difficult splits – a 2-6-7 in the sixth frame and a 2-4-6-10 in the 10th – to finish the tournament with a 212 game and an 18-game total of 4,146 pins. Needing a strike to win, Sterner left a solid 10 pin in his final frame, finishing with a 258 and a 4,137 pinfall total.

The Regional Players Championship employed a unique format. After Saturday’s opening eight-game round, 32 players advanced to Sunday’s finals. After another four games, the field was cut to the top 16. An addition three-game round cut the field to eight, and then a two-game round trimmed those eight to four players, who bowled a one-game final round for a total of 18 games.

Lundquist led after every round, but never by as many as the 51-pin lead he held coming into Sunday’s competition. After 12 games, he led Riga Kalfas of Florence, Ky., by six pins. After 15 games, he improved his edge over Kalfas to 30 pins. After 17 games, Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., had moved into second, 29 pins behind Lundquist.

“I kept them back as best I could,” the Columbus, Ohio pro shop employee said. “I lost the lead once, got it back and held on for dear life. I had a 29-pin lead on Beasley, 36 on Kalfas and 55 on Sterner going into last game.

“This was easily the best day I’ve ever had,” Lundquist added. “I finished third in RPC three years ago, but this was the best. It was a very, very special weekend.”

In addition to his fourth PBA Regional victory, Lundquist earned a $6,000 first prize.

PBA REGIONAL PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP-EAST
Columbus Western Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, May 27

Final Standings (after 18 games)
1, Jason Lundquist, Groveport, Ohio, 4,146, $6,000.
2, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 4,137, $3,200.
3, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 4,121, $2,400.
3, Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., 4,102, $1,800.

Eliminated after 17 games:
5, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,873, $1,200.
6, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,850, $1,200.
7, Greg LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,821, $1,200.
8, Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., 3,754, $1,200.

Eliminated after 15 games:
9, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,366, $800.
10, Dan Schaden Jr., Essex, Md., 3,357, $800.
11, Pat Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,338, $800.
12, Matt O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3,306, $800.
13, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,288, $800.
14, Joe Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 3,260, $800.
15, BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich., 3,257, $800.
16, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 3,234, $800.

Eliminated after 12 games:
17, Mark Heller Jr., Allentown, Pa., 2,617, $650.
18, Brian Hatcher, Kettering, Ohio, 2,614, $650.
19, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,612, $650.
20, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 2,596, $650.
21, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,575, $650.
22, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,567, $650.
23, Greg Ostrander, Howell, N.J., 2,566, $650.
24, Steven Taylor, Deer Creek, Ill., 2,542, $650.
25, Mike Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 2,539, $600.
26, Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., 2,537, $600.
27, Kirby Allen, Ironton, Ohio, 2,521, $600.
28, Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., 2,496, $600.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,495, $600.
30, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 2,490, $600.
31, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,479, $600.
32, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 2,104, $600. 

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