Michigan pro takes Bradley Open title

A pair of pro bowlers from Saginaw, Mich., battled for the 33rd Bradley Open title at Collins Bowling Center-Eastland on Jan. 8.

Tom Smallwood, an exempt member of the PBA National tour, defeated J.R. Raymond in the best two-out of-three finals.

Smallwood took the first game, 243-179, lost the second, 236-202, and won the rubber match, 212-158.

Smallwood earned $3,100 and a paid entry to the 2013 USBC Masters Tournament. Raymond's second place earned $1,550.

Smallwood has one national tour title and $231,997 career PBA earnings. Last year he finished second in the PBA Tournament of Champions, earning $100,000 in that event.

This year's Bradley Open field featured 148 bowlers from nine states and a total prize fund of $20,600.

Once again, the event was not kind to local bowlers. The highest local finish went to Kenny Stephens of Frankfort, a 28th place for $310. The last Lexington bowler to win was Danny Hensley in 1982. The last area bowler to win was Mike Fairchild of Nicholasville in 1991.

Fitch rolls another 300

Matt Fitch kept his hot hand last week, rolling his third 300 game of the season en route to a 770 in the James R. Wafford Memorial League at Southland.


Jan. 29: Lexington 600 Club Tournament at Strike Zone Lanes in Nicholasville, 2 p.m. The event is open to all women who have rolled a USBC-sanctioned 600 series.

Feb. 1: Deadline for entry in the 67th Lexington Women's Bowling Association Tournament. The event will be held at Eastland Lanes on Feb. 18-19 and on Feb. 25. Entry fee is $22 per bowler per event and forms are available at all area bowling centers.