Tom Hess Wins PBA Plaza Bowl Midwest Open for 12th PBA Regional Tour Title
Clinton, Iowa – Tom Hess of Granger, Iowa, defeated A.J Johnson of Oswego, Ill. in the championship match, 224-207, to win the PBA Plaza Lanes Midwest Open at Plaza Lanes on Sunday.
Johnson held the lead almost exclusively throughout the event, compiling an 8-4 match play record and 20-game 4685 total pin-fall, including bonus pins, heading into the stepladder finals. Hess made a late charge with four games remaining in the match play round to move up to second place prior to the stepladder finals.
In the championship match, Hess threw a strike in the 10th frame to secure the victory while Johnson looked on in defeat.
Hess earned $2,100 for the win, while adding a twelfth overall PBA Regional Tour title to his career total. Johnson earned $1,250 as the runner-up.
PBA PLAZA BOWL MIDWEST OPEN
Plaza Bowl, Clinton, Iowa, Sunday
Match One – Campbell def. Rogers, 224-191
Semifinal Match – Hess def. Campbell, 258-246
Championship Match – Hess def. Johnson, 224-207
Final Match Play Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins)
- Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 9-3, 4,621, $2,100
- A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 8-4, 4,685, $1,250
- Jeffrey Campbell, Sioux Falls, S.D., 8-4, 4,492, $1,025
- James Rogers, Waukegan, Ill., 9-3, 4,482, $900
- Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 9-3, 4,442, $800
- n-Brody Green, Potosi, Wis., 6-5-1, 4,424, $750
- Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 5-7, 4,248, $700
- n-Brenden Sramek, Davenport, Iowa, 3-8-1, 4,153, $680
- n-Evan Miller, Sioux Falls, S.D., 5-6-1, 4,082, $660
- n-Larry Tripamer, Belvidere, Wis., 4-8, 4,042, $640
- Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 1-10-1, 3,990, $620
- Chaise Donner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 3-9, 3,931, $600
n-designates non-PBA member
Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.