The final round of the PBA Northwest/West Regions Secoma Lanes Scorpion Open was held on Sunday, June 24, and none of the bowlers were able to keep up with Wes Malott. Wes Malott was the only PBA Tour regular bowling in this tournament, unlike most of the Regional Tour tournaments this summer. This made Malott the clear favorite to win the tournament, and he did not disappoint. Wes Malott has a had a difficult time on the PBA Tour the last two seasons, but it looks like he might be getting back to his old self just in time for the PBA Tour season.
All of the entrants in the PBA Northwest/West Regions Secoma Lanes Scorpion Open bowled eight games of qualifying on Saturday, June 23. After these eight games of qualifying were bowled, the field was cut to the top 12 bowlers. Malott had no trouble advancing past the qualifying round, as he was the top qualifier by more than 150 pins. The final 12 bowlers then had to bowl 12 games of match play to determine the final standings of the tournament. The pin fall from the qualifying round would be added to the pin fall from the match play round to determine the winner of the tournament. Malott would have no trouble dominating the match play round, and would ultimately win the tournament by 190 pins over the second place bowler.
It has been three years since Wes Malott has been able to win a singles title on the PBA Tour, so it is nice to see him get back to his winning ways. While this was only a Regional Tour tournament, it should greatly help the psyche of Malott. When you have not won a tournament in so long, you start to believe that it will never happen again. Hopefully this will help Malott return to his winning form, so he can once again be one of the most dominant bowlers on the PBA Tour.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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