Week 8: Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship
1st Place - Rhino Page - Hy-Road
, Men's SST 8
, Scented Rosin Bag
2nd Place - Wes Malott - Cell
, Grand Illusion
3rd Place - Parker Bohn III - MaxXX Zone
, Twisted Fury Destruction
, Smash Zone
, Brunswick Bowling Shoes
4th Place - Patrick Allen - Hy-RoadWomen's Series
1st Place - Jodi Woessner - T-Road Solid
, Dexter Bowling Shoes
2nd Place - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - MaxXX Zone
, Dexter Bowling Shoes
Baltimore has been very good to both Rhino Page and Jodi Woessner and Sunday proved no different as each claimed titles in Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship at AMF Country Club Lanes, the eighth stop of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Page broke the PBA’s seven-game scoring record in the Tournament Qualifying Round (TQR) and made his televised finals debut in this tournament last year and Woessner won her first regional (Professional Women's Bowling Association) title in Baltimore 15 years ago.
Top seed Page, of Topeka, Kan. defeated No. 2 seed Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas, 197-189, to claim his second career title. Malott opened in the second and third frames, and despite both competitors’ struggles to strike, it left the door open for Page. Last season’s PBA Rookie of the Year needed a mark and a count in the 10th to edge Malott which he did with a spare and a strike.
“I felt like I needed to take advantage of the situation,” Page said. “Any time a guy has an open frame, I feel I can really try to pound on him … unfortunately I didn’t. But luckily he was down early and I was able to hang in there.”
Page, who had struggled early in the season, was making his first televised finals appearance of the season.
“I can’t tell you how much confidence this brings,” the 25-year-old said. “Three weeks ago I was pounding my head into the wall. But I went back to what made me, me. I didn’t realize I had gotten away from it. But just because I won, doesn’t mean I can let up know.”
In the second match, Malott, who was making his fourth TV finals appearance in eight events, had a near-perfect game, defeating last week’s champion and Sunday’s No. 3 seed Parker Bohn III, 290-204. In the first match, Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. advanced by defeating defending champion Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 244-233.
In the PBA Women’s Series, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), No. 2 seed Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio defeated last week’s champion and top seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 247-189 in the championship match. Woessner struck in the first six frames and jumped out to a quick lead en route to her first career PBA Women’s Series title. It was Woessner’s second televised finals appearance of the season, previously losing to Michelle Feldman in the championship match of the Chameleon Championship in Taylor, Mich. on Nov. 16.
“I just tried to make good shots and kept my arm swing loose,” Woessner said. “Last month when I was on the show, I think I pressed too hard. I’ve bowled Carolyn several times and I’ve had success against her. I don’t know if I bring my game up a notch when I play her, because she’s an amazing player.”