The final round of the PBA Midwest/Southwest Region was held on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Springfield, Mo. Only 38 bowlers showed up in Springfield to take part in the tournament, but that did not stop this tournament from having several talented bowlers competing. Mike Edwards, Nathan Bohr and Tom Hess were three PBA stars that were ready to take down the rest of the competition. While there were also several great amateur bowlers competing, it was ultimately Mike Edwards that would take home the title.
Mike Edwards, Nathan Bohr and Tom Hess are all great supporters of the PBA Regional Tour. As you would expect, they are also some of the most successful bowlers in their regions. Coming into this tournament, Tom Hess was leading the Midwest Region in points and Nathan Bohr was winning just about every Regional Tour tournament that he was entering. Bohr has been dominating the Southwest Region the entire year, and he currently has the most titles in the region. While Mike Edwards has not been as successful as Bohr and Hess on the Regional Tour, he is coming off a great rookie season on the PBA Senior Tour.
After the eight game qualifying round, Tom Hess was the tournament leader and Edwards was sitting in 4th place. Nathan Bohr uncharacteristically missed the cut and finished in 17th place. Hess, Edwards and the other bowlers in the top 12 then went on to bowl 12 games of match play bowling. Hess would ultimately struggle and fall to 7th place, but the match play round was were Mike Edwards would really succeed. Edwards would jump to the top of the standings, and would ultimately face Casey Murphy in the title match. Edwards would not be able to maintain the great bowling from the match play round, but he would still be able to squeak out a victory in the title match by the score of 204-199.
Mike Edwards no longer bowls full time on the PBA Tour, but I think it is something he should consider doing again. I personally think that Mike Edwards had the second best season on the Senior Tour this year. Based on what he has shown in the Senior Tour and the Regional Tour this year, I know that Mike Edwards could still have several great years on the PBA Tour. Edwards may only decide to bowl a select few tournaments on the PBA Tour this season, but I would be shocked if he did not perform well in every tournament that he enters.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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