Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, became just the second bowler to repeat as the winner of the Bradley Open this past week.
The 27-year-old professional captured the 37th edition of the event by defeating Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, in the finals at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland.
Via won the first game of the best-of-three finals 192-154. Novak battled back to take the next two 205-167 and 194-184.
Novak earned $10,000 and an entry to the 2017 USBC Masters Tournament.
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Via, who was coming off a win at the United States National Amateur Bowling Championships in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, won $4,000.
The best finish by a local bowler was 34th by Benn Pallardy, who won $425. Pallardy, a Lexington Catholic graduate, is a senior on the Lindenwood University team in St Charles, Mo.
▪ Darrel Hunt rolled the 20th perfect game of Lexington’s season on Jan. 12 in the Beltline League at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland. Hunt’s 300 was part of a 734 series.
▪ Rolling a 900 series is a rare feat, but two bowlers accomplished that last week.
David Sewesky of Dearborn, Mich., rolled three perfect games on Jan. 10 and Dale Gerhard of Mill Hall, Pa., bowled his 900 series on Jan. 12.
Gerhard, at age 59, became the oldest bowler to achieve the feat.
▪ The 76th Greater Lexington USBC Open Tournament and 71st Greater Lexington USBC Women's Tournament will be held Feb. 13-14 and 20-21 at Southland Lanes.
The deadline to enter those tournaments is Feb. 6 and the entry fee for both events is $22 per bowler per event. Entry forms are available at all area centers.