Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, won only six of his 12 matches, but that was enough to hold off amateur Erik Vermilyea of Mansfield, Texas, to win his third PBA Regional title in the PBA Southwest Region Dallas Open, presented by Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, at AMF Richardson Lanes in Richardson, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 16. Castillo clinched the see-saw battle with a 204-165 win over Vermilyea in their position round match.
In the PBA South Region, Kip Roberts of Glenallen, VA, went 11-5 in match play and finished with a 24-game total of 5,981 pins to win the Franklin (VA) Open at Franklin Bowling Center Sunday by 44 pins over PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, NC. Roberts earned $2,000 along with his 13th career regional title.
In the PBA West Region, Chris Preble of Clovis, CA, had a 6-2 match play record and compiled 3,834 pins over 16 games, including match play bonus pins, to top qualifier Dave Wodka of Chatsworth, CA, by 93 pins in the Spalding C. Wathen Memorial at Cedar Lanes in Fresno, CA. Prebel won the standard division first prize of $2,500.
In the senior division of the Wathan Memorial, Marv Sargent of Temecula, CA, posted a 6-2 record and a 3,674 pinfall total to top Kerry Painter of Henderson, NV, by 36 pins for the $1,500 first prize.
Over the Oct. 28-29 weekend, the final weekend of PBA Regional competition before the PBA World Series of Bowling gets underway in Las Vegas, the PBA Midwest Region will host a pair of one-day senior events – the Viper Senior Open and Cheetah Senior Open – at Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the PBA Southwest will conduct the Odessa (Texas) Open at Diamond Lanes, and the PBA West/Northwest Regions will conduct the Sands Regency Casino Non-Champions and Open events at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.
All PBA Regional competitors earn qualifying points through Feb. 26 for the 2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoffs. The top 16 points leaders in the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West/Northwest Regions will earn berths in the new Xtra Frame Tour event which will be held March 30-April 1 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
All first-time PBA Regional title winners also become eligible for the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions.
For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.