Story: Final night of qualifying for 10th annual Journal Times Match Game PBA Regional champion qualifies.

Final night of qualifying for 10th annual Journal Times Match Game

PBA Regional champion qualifies.

Journal Times sports staff     4/5/12

 

Nathan Michalowski showed no letdown Friday from his first Professional Bowlers Association Midwest Region title. The Burlington resident had a solid performance on the final night of qualifying for the 10th annual Journal Times Match Game Bowling Tournament at Hillside Lanes, shooting 1,910 to take the No. 2 spot in the Men’s Division for next week’s finals behind Matt Zagar (1,989). Jeff Floyd (1,816) and Vernon Fink Jr. (1,805) also made the 16-player men’s cut. Michalowski was the leading qualifier last year, but finished 12th in the finals .Winning the championship of the Dutler’s Bowl Open at Mankato, Minn., last Saturday, however, could be just the thing to propel him to a better finish this year. “I’m geared more for tournaments this time of year,” Michalowski said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of practice time and winning helps the psyche a little bit.” At the PBA regional event, Michalowski was eighth in qualifying at 1,562, but went 8-4 in match play and held off Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa 4,595-4,526 to win $2,500.

In the Women’s Division, Christina Horvath was the only competitor Friday and totaled 1,229 (241 high game) to take third in the final qualifying standings behind No. 1 Colette McNally (1,278), the 2006 champion, and No. 2 Becki Welter (1,251). Horvath’s score forced a one-game roll-off between two-time champion Kris Mertins and Leslie Johnson, who are tied for the 12th and final qualifying spot in the Women’s Division at 1,080. The two will compete in the roll-off prior to Monday’s first round of the two-day final. There were no changes in the top 16 in the Seniors Division.

The finals begin Sunday with the Super Seniors championship at 1 p.m.

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