- Published: Monday, 28 November 2016 00:01
Photos courtesy of the PBA
Matt O'Grady kicks off the 2016 PBA WSOB VIII with a victory in the PBA Regional Challenge
Regional G-Force™ staffer Matt O’Grady, of Matawan, NJ, kicked off the 2016 PBA World Series of Bowling in grand fashion by winning the PBA Regional Challenge. The event featured 7 players in 3 divisions (PBA, Women's and PBA50) who earned their spots through point qualification in the different PBA Regional programs. Matt, representing the East region, defeated fellow G-Force™ staff member Dick Allen 225-217 for the crown. It was Dick's first loss of the 9 game event, but came at a pivotal moment.
“I know it doesn’t count as a title, but it sure feels like one to me,” O’Grady said. “Being here on bowling’s biggest stage, live on Xtra Frame, against a stellar field of players who all have a lot more experience than I do feels pretty good. Maybe, at age 30, I’m just hitting my prime a little late.”
On the women's side, G-Force™ member and South representative Ashly Galante, of Palm Harbor, Fl, posted a 7-1 match play record for the high qualifier position, but came up just short, finishing 2nd after a 267-188 loss to eventual winner and West region representative Missy Parkin. Ashly is a great competitor and star player on the PWBA Tour. In the PBA50 Senior division, Walter Ray Williams Jr. collected even more hardware in his illustrious career, defeating Ron Mohr 192-187 in the title match.
Other G-Force™ qualifiers in the PBA Regional Division were Tom Hess (3rd) and Eugene McCune (6th). Bob Learn Jr. (3rd) and Parker Bohn III (5th) competed in the PBA50 Senior Division, while Summer Jasmin (7th) took on the PBA Women's Division. In total, our G-Force™ staff comprised for 8 of the 21 qualifiers.