Greetings and Solutions, Welcome back to another edition of Striking Spotlight as were going to look back on the PWBA Rochester Open.
In the first match we saw young up and coming player Josie Earnest against USBC/PWBA Hall of Fame and a 20 time PWBA titlist Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. Prior to making this show Earnest’s highest finish was at the 2012 USBC Queens. The first frame for both players resulted in open frames, but Dorin-Ballard pulled into a very early lead by throwing strikes in the 2nd and 3rd frames. Earnest threw strikes in the 2nd frame and a huge turkey in frames 5-6-7 as Dorin- Ballard opened in the 6th, 9th and 10th frames for a score of 159 to Earnest’s 187.
In the 2nd match Earnest is up against 1 time PWBA titlist Clara Guerrero. Earnest still on the high from winning the first match doubled to start the match and never looked back as she struck every frame except for the 3rd, 5th and 9th as she had 9 in those 3 frames for the win. Guerrero who did not seem to have a great look from the start as she too opened in the 1st frame and had to play catch up that whole match. Guerrero threw strikes in the 2nd frame and a big turkey in frames 4-5-6 and also struck in frames 8 and 9 to shoot 214 to Earnest’s 238.
Earnest who is looking for her very first PWBA title is now one win away.
Our championship match is a battle of the college coaches. Josie Earnest an assistant coach of Vanderbilt against Shannon O’Keefe a 4 time PWBA titlist and head coach of McKendree
The championship match was very close for the first four frames while Earnest had 3 spares and a strike to O’Keefe’s Strike and three spares. The middle of the game showed to be the deciding factor as Earnest kept striking until the 7th frame where O’Keefe opened in the 6th, 9th and 10th frames shooting 180 to Earnest’s 229 and earning her first PWBA title.
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About the PWBA
The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) originally was formed in 1960. The PWBA Tour has events throughout the country, offering high-level competition and top prize money for women bowlers. The PWBA is supported by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).