Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, has been selected the October 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Lavoie captured his second U.S. Open crown, defeating top seeded Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, 221 to 172, for his fourth PBA title.

The Team Canada standout lead qualifying before slipping to second after the cashers’ round, then retook the lead after winning six of right games in the first round of match play. Lavoie dropped to second and maintained that position through the second and third rounds of match play.

The television stepladder finals began as the fifth seed Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, downed the fourth seed and 2009 U.S. Open champ Bill O’Neill, Yakima, Washington, 226 to 193. Barrett outstruck the third seed Jason Belmonte, Australia, 214 to 164. The second seed Lavoie dismissed Simonsen, 214 to 164, setting up the championship match with Rash.

At age 26, Lavoie is the youngest two time U.S. Open champion in the 80 year history of the tournament.

Others obtaining votes in voting this month were A.J. Johnson, winner of the 21 st DSD Samho Korea Cup, Dane Mikkel Sorenson, winner of the European Bowling Tour (EBT) 3 rd Brunswick Open, Jolene Persson Planefors, women’s gold medalist, European Champion of Champions, James Blomgren, winner of the EBT Norwegian Open, and Sean Rash, 2019 U.S. Open runner up.


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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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