Shawn Maldonado Wins Four Straight PBA Southwest Region Tournaments
Reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, outlasted fellow Texans Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Dino Castillo of Highland Park and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo to win the 11th annual PBA Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open hosted by Brunswick Zone Watauga in Watauga, Texas, Sunday.
With his victory, Maldonado has won four consecutive PBA Southwest Regional tournaments. While the PBA doesn't maintain such records for regional competition, the 29-year-old Houston two-hander's win in four consecutive regional tournaments is thought to be a first in the PBA Southwest Region.
Maldonado, a third-year PBA member, led Saturday's 10 games of qualifying and won his first two matches of the 16-game round robin finals before losing his next three games. Castillo and Malott took turns atop the leader board before Maldonado won his next 10 matches. Malott defeated Maldonado in their position round match, 279-218, to narrow Maldonado's final margin of victory to 38 pins and to stay ahead of Scroggins and Castillo.
For his win in Watauga, Maldonado earned a $5,000 first prize along with his seventh career PBA Regional title. He won his first three titles during the 2014 season.Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine. www.starsandstrikesbowling.com