With the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season winding down, the PBA Regional program is heating up. In Hubbard, Ohio, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 233-226, to win the joint PBA Central/East Region Hubbard Open at Bell-Wick Bowl on March 20.
The regional title was the first of the year for the 2011 Earl Anthony Memorial champion. Ciminelli earned $2,600 along with his third career regional title. Ciminelli defeated another Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player, Jeff Zaffino of Warren, PA, 199-182, to advance to the title match while Kretzer edged Rhino Page of Dade City, FL, 213-205, in the other semifinal round match.
In Grants Pass, OR, qualifying leader and hometown favorite Chris Warren defeated Kevin Foley of Reno, Nev., 215-196, to win the PBA Northwest Region’s Caveman Bowl Open on Sunday. The title was Warren’s 26th in the Northwest Region. He also earned $1,700.
Assuming the qualifying rules remain the same, Jeff Schrum of Cherryville. NC, became one of the year’s first to qualify for the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions when he defeated William Banks of Laurel Hill, NC, 238-139, to win his first PBA title and $1,700 in the PBA Fayetteville NC, Senior Open Sunday at Lafayette Lanes.
The only PBA regional scheduled for this weekend is the joint PBA Midwest/Central Region Stars & Strikes Open sponsored by Allstate at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., near St. Louis.