Week 6: CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championships
1st Place - Wes Malott - Grand Illusion
, Etonic Bowling Shoes
2nd Place - Ken Simard - Playmaker
3rd Place - Brad Angelo - Avalanche Slide
, Twisted Fury Destruction
4th Place - Jason Couch - Complete NV
, Men's SST 8
, Quad Finger Inserts
Wes Malott and Michelle Feldman captured the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, the sixth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
In a tight championship match, top seed Wes Malott watched as No. 2 seed Ken Simard had the chance to win the match with two strikes in the 10th. However, Simard threw the first strike but left a solid 10-pin in his second attempt giving Malott the victory, 216-211.
“It’s not the way you want to win, I have four titles now and none have come from striking out … I was either sitting on the bench or the game was over in the eighth (frame),” Malott said. “I just have to keep plugging away, be patient. My goal is to keep winning a title each year, maybe multiple titles. Hopefully this is just the beginning.”
It was Malott’s third TV finals appearance in six weeks and his fourth career victory; he has now won one title in each of his four seasons on the Tour. Malott was also victorious in Vernon Hills two years ago at the 2006-07 Discover Card Windy City Classic which also featured the Scorpion pattern.
The Scorpion pattern, one of six different oil patters on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, can yield a wide variety of strategies depending on the type and condition of the lane surface; however, Scorpion incorporates a larger volume of oil placed further down the lane, which often demands a more direct line.
In the PBA Women’s Series, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. defeated Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 200-147 in the championship match. It was Feldman’s third consecutive TV finals appearance and her second consecutive title.
“I have no idea how I’m doing this,” Feldman joked. “I just feel fortunate that I’m bowling well. Hopefully I can keep this up and do it again next week.”