Bowling

PBA star Jones wins Bradley Open

Special to the Herald-LeaderJanuary 19, 2014 

Professional Bowling Association star Tommy Jones won the 35th Bradley Open at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland on Jan. 12.

Jones defeated fellow PBA bowler John Szczerbinski in the finals.

The victory earned him the largest prize in Bradley Open history — $10,000 — and a paid entry to the 2015 USBC Masters Tournament.

Jones won the first game of the best-of-three finals 209-186 and Szczerbinski took the second 203-177.

Jones defeated Szczerbinski 235-173 in the third game to claim the title.

Szczerbinski earned $5,000 in prize money.

Jones, of Simpsonville, S.C., has 14 career PBA titles and more than $1.4 million in earnings. He was PBA Rookie of the Year in for the 2001-02 season and PBA Player of the Year for 2005-06.

The Bradley Open drew 126 bowlers from 10 states. PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. was also in the field and finished 38th.

The best finish by a local bowler was Eric Grimes in 25th. Greater Lexington USBC Hall of Famer Bill Carrithers, the only bowler to compete in all 35 Bradley Opens, was 34th.

■ Feb. 1 is the entry deadline for the Greater Lexington USBC Women's Tournament and the Greater Lexington USBC Open Tournament.

Both events will be held at Southland on Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. Entry forms are available at all area bowling centers.

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