Junction City, Kan., (Oct. 9, 2018) – PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams from Beaumont, Texas, and Ricky Schissler of Brighton, Colo., won titles in a pair of joint PBA50 Southwest/Midwest Regional events over the weekend at Junction City Bowl.
On Saturday, Williams defeated Team USA competitor and new PBA member Steve Badovinac of Parker Colo., 224-192, to win his 21st PBA title. Badovinac started the championship match strong with four strikes, but two late open frames allowed a late charge by Williams to win the match and the $1,200 first place check.
On Sunday, Schissler, who won the same event in 2017 for his first PBA title, won six of his seven matches in the eight-game round robin match play finals to build a comfortable 122-pin lead over qualifying leader Keith Lesko from Prosper, Texas. Schissler’s 188-183 win over Lesko in the final position round match allowed Williams to advance to second. Schissler finished the 15-game event with 3,406 total pins, including match play bonus pins, while Williams ended with a 3,280 pinfall total, 31 ahead of Lesko.
The PBA Southwest Region will visit Hilltop Lanes for the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open Oct. 19-21.
PBA50 JUNCTION CITY SOUTHWEST/MIDWEST OPEN I
Junction City Bowl, Junction City, Kan., Saturday
Championship: ss-Mark Williams ($1,200), Beaumont, Texas, def. Steven Badovinac ($750), Parker, Colo., 224-192.
Semifinal Round (best of three games. Losers eliminated, earn $500)
Badovinac def. n-Felix Garcia, Aurora, Colo., 2-0.
Williams, Beaumont, Texas, def. Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2-1.
Round of 6 (best of three games. Losers eliminated, earn $450)
Garcia def. David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 2-0.
Menin def. Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 2-1
Round of 8 (best of three games. Losers eliminated, earn $400)
Williams Jr. def. Wayne Stellick , Aurora, Colo., 2-1.
Menini def. Keith Lesko Prosper, Texas, 2-0.
PBA50 JUNCTION CITY SOUTHWEST/MIDWEST OPEN II, presented by Radical
Junction City Bowl, Junction City, Kan., Sunday
Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins):
1, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 7-1, 3,406, $1,200. 2, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5-2-1, 3,280, $700. 3, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 2-6, 3,249, $525. 4, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4-4, 3,236, $475. 5, n-ss-David Pritts, Salina, Kan., 5-3, 3,205, $450. 6, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-4, 3,170, $430. 7, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 1-6-1, 3,113, $415. 8, Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., 3-5, 3,106, $400.
n-denotes non-PBA member; ss- denotes PBA50 player (60-and-older)
300 game- Randy Peterson