SPOKANE, Wash.– Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York clinched her second 2021 title Professional association of women’s bowling Tour season with a strike in its final frame on Saturday at the Open PWBA Spokane.
The 29-year-old right-hander won her seventh career PWBA Tour title with a 203-192 victory over Liz Johnson of Niagara Falls, New York at Lilac Lanes & Casino.
She claimed $ 10,000 for the win and the championship round was broadcast live on BowlTV.com.
McEwan needed a mark in the 10th frame to secure victory in the title home and away match, and she delivered one of her best shots of the week.
The 10-time U.S. team member started the month with a win at the Professional Bowlers Association / PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer mixed doubles event in Houston with EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana.
âThis shot is literally everything we train for and train for every day,â said McEwan. “I knew exactly what to do, and I just cleared my mind and let my body do what it can do. Luckily the pins fell off.”
McEwan, who entered the stepladder as a seed, started the game against Johnson with a brace and recorded spares in the third and fourth frames to build up a slight advantage, but missed a 10pin. in the fifth frame to cede the lead to the 25-time PWBA Tour titlist and US Congressional Bowling Hall of Fame member.
Johnson couldn’t capitalize on the mistake, however, allowing McEwan to show his resilience and regain the lead with strikes in the seventh and eighth frames.
âI was really frustrated after missing that,â McEwan said. “I actually missed a few today and opened up a stupid mistake to Liz. After that I really had to buckle up to make sure it didn’t cost me anything.”
Johnson remained sober during the title match, but she couldn’t match any strikes, registering just three in the final.
Finishing the game first, Johnson could have doubled down to force McEwan to throw two strikes herself. Instead, Johnson left the 3-10 Division on his first delivery.
McEwan felt her best look at this week’s 45-foot oil model was on the cool, and she used her early-blocks success at Lilac Lanes & Casino to reach first place after 24 games of qualifying with a total of 5,204, an average of 216.83.
She was also happy to take advantage of her qualifying position, as Saturday’s stepladder opener ended with low scores and 10 open frames between Union, New Jersey’s Kelly Kulick and the Ukrainian. Dasha Kovalova.
Kulick qualified for the semi-final, 178-115.
âI was actually really worried after our initial training on this pair,â said McEwan. âMy best look had been on the fresh, and it kind of disappeared later in the block, but they played differently, and I didn’t have a good look. I was glad I didn’t bowling then. from Game 1. I was able to sit down and watch what everyone was doing and come up with a different game plan if needed.
“By the time we got to my match it was really a lot better. It had mixed up a bit more. The lanes were still a bit different from lane to lane so it was hard to understand on the fly, but I just tried to do some really good shots to get a feel for what they were doing. “
Johnson was awaiting Kulick as the No.2 seed and she qualified for the title game with a 238-192 win over compatriot USBC Hall of Famer.
Johnson, who was chasing his second victory in 2021 after beating Kulick in the PWBA Lincoln Open title match in May, put together a five-straight streak mid-game to advance to the final.
Kulick and Kovalova were also looking to add to their winning totals for the 2021 season.
Seven-time PWBA Tour champion Kulick won the PWBA Albany Open in June, while Kovalova grabbed victories at the PWBA Twin Cities Open in April and the PWBA Louisville Open in June, bringing her career title count to four.
The 66-player Spokane field played 12 games on Friday, before the first cut to the top 32 athletes. The forwards played an extra six-game block on Saturday morning, with the top 12 meeting in a six-game final round to determine the four bowlers for the stepladder, based on a total of 24 games.
The 2021 season of the PWBA Tour will now head to Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California for the Women’s US Open, the second major championship of the year.
The US Women’s Open takes place August 24-31 and will feature a record-breaking first prize for this year’s champion. The winner will take home $ 100,000, as well as the coveted green jacket.
The US Women’s Open stepladder final will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on August 31 at 7 p.m. EST. All rounds leading up to the finals will be broadcast on BowlTV.
McEwan will compete in the event as the defending champion after claiming victory in 2019 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. She won her second major title with two goals in her final quarter to defeat Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper, 201-199.