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Bailey nabs title in Southwest Open at Sill

There were 51 bowlers in the lineup in last weekend's Eighth Annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by DV8.

The field was made up of PBA Tour players, PBA Regional players and a few non-members trying their hand on the 43' PBA Tour Chameleon oil pattern.

PBA tournament director Pete McCordic reported that Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, opened the event with a 290 game and had a 73-pin lead after 13 games of qualifying.

Bailey lost his first match in the modified eight-game round robin finals, allowing 2014 USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez of Colombia to take a one-pin lead. Rodriguez, along with reigning USBC Queen's Champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia were the only two women in the competition.

McCordic added, "Bailey rebounded by winning five of his next six matches to build an insurmountable 272 pin lead heading into the final position round match."

Amateur Jack Zuniga of Tulsa beat Bailey in that game, 244-237, but it was only good enough to secure second place in the event and Bailey was awarded his fifth career PBA Southwest Regional title and his second at Fort Sill's Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

This event also featured a Sweeper event prior to its start where local bowler of the year, Tyler Price, won a free entry into the professional tournament, scoring an 839 for four games. It was reported that Tyler struggled with his footing during the Regional and finished 39th overall.

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