Rick Benard Wins the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open Title
Waxahachie, Texas - Non-member, Rick Benard, of Keller, won his second PBA50 Southwest Region event of the year at Hilltop Lanes in the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open Sunday.
Benard, who finished 13 games of qualifying in 15th place, marched to the top of the leaderboard by winning all eight of his matches in the modified round robin finals. Benard had a 300 game in game three of the finals and added a 289 victory in game seven to hold a 73-pin lead over amateur, Kevin Lake, from Athens, Texas.
Lake was bowling in his first ever PBA or PBA50 event. Benard left no room for error for Lake as he won the deciding game 290-265. Benard earned $2,000 for first place, while Like collected $1,300 for second place, and Keith Lesko, from Prosper, Texas, took home $900 for third place.
The PBA Southwest Region’s next tournament will be the PBA Oklahoma City Southwest Open at Planet Bowl, October 2-4. The PBA Odessa Super Open at Diamond Lanes follows October 16-18. The Odessa event will offer a projected first place prize of $5,000.
PBA50 WAXAHACHIE SOUTHWEST OPEN
Hilltop Bowl, Waxahachie, Texas, Sunday
Final Standings (after 21 games, including match play bonus pins):
- n-Rick Benard, Keller, Texas, 8-0, 5,353, $2,000
- n-Kevin Love, Athens, Texas, 5-3, 5,225, $1,300
- Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 5-3, 5,192, $900
- s-n-Derek Williams, Groves, Texas, 7-1, 5,171, $770
- John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 4-4, 5,116, $700
- s-Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-5, 5,102, $650
- Mike Bailey, Irving, Texas, 3-5- 5,101, $625
- ss-Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 3-5, 5,097, $600
- ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 3-5, 5,087, $580
- Pat Nolan, Albuquerque, N.M., 5-3, 5,058, $560
- ss-Steve Wright, Cypress, Texas, 5-3, 5,050, $550
- n-Joe LeCroy, Bedford, Texas, 3-5, 5,008, $540
- Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3-5, 4,962, $530
- ss-Thomas Young, Houston, 4-4, 4,943, $520
- James Watson, Austin, Texas, 2-6, 4,891, $510
- Tony Lanning, Yukon, Okla., 1-7, 4,828, $500
n-denotes non-PBA member
ss- denotes PBA60 player (ages 60 or older)
300 games: Brad Hunte, Rick Lawrence, Mike Bailey, Rick Benard