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Edwards' Comes Through for 23rd Regional Title

Schenectady, N.Y. (September 10, 2017) – Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. rolled three clutch strikes in the 10th frame to achieve a 279 tie in the final match against Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., preserving his 12-pin lead and earning his 23rd Professional Bowlers Association Regional title in the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open.
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Edwards' Comes Through for 23rd Regional Title

Date: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017 12:00:00 am

Schenectady, N.Y. (September 10, 2017) – Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. rolled three clutch strikes in the 10th frame to achieve a 279 tie in the final match against Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., preserving his 12-pin lead and earnings his 23rd Professional Bowlers Association Regional title in the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open.

Edwards entered the position round finale with a 5-2 match play record and a 12-pin lead over Graham. With the 30 bonus pins awarded to the match winner, whoever won the match won the title. Both players started with six strikes before Graham left a 10 pin. Edwards posted a seventh strike before leaving a 4 pin.

Graham, who finished first, struck out to force Edwards to match his effort and split the 30-pin bonus, which he did to finish with an eight-game total of 2,054 pins, including bonus pins. The reigning PBA East Region PBA50 Player of the Year won his second title of the season, making him the leading candidate to earn his fifth East Region Player of the Year title. He also took home the $1,500 first prize.

Graham, who turned 50 in August, won $850 as the runner-up. Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., finished third and earned $800. Sullins, who rolled the only 300 game of the event, trailed by only 30 pins going into the position round game, but could not overcome the 279-279 match between the two leaders.

The next stop on the PBA East Region tour is the PBA Millsboro Over/Under 50 Doubles, which is held at Millsboro Lanes on September 22-24.

PBA50 TOWNE BOWLING ACADEMY OPEN
Towne Bowling Academy, Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday

Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 5-2-1, 2,054, $1,500.
2, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 4-3-1, 2,042, $850.
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 5-3, 1,974, $800.
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-4, 1,948, $780.
5, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-6, 1,887, $760.
6, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 5-3, 1,849, $740.
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-4, 1,836, $720.
8, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2-6, 1,691, $700.

Semifinal Round (after 5 games, top 4 advanced along with top 4 from qualifying round who earned byes)
1, Edwards, 1.210.
2, Kretzer, 1.119.
3, Conroy, 1.113.
4, Graham, 1,092.
5, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,081, $600.
6, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,074, $590.
7, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,023, $580.
8, n-Brian Boghosian, Springfield, Mass., 1,019, $570.
9, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 994, $565.
10, Bob Leonard, Lockwood, N.Y., 975, $560.
11, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.J., 890, $555.
12, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., withdrew, $550.

n–denotes amateur

300 Game: Harry Sullins


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