Yes, from Cheektowaga at that (suburb of Buffalo, and where my girlfriend, a bowler herself, lives).
Really, how can anyone not want Liz Johnson to win this thing? Even a little bit?
I've been watching Liz throughout this season, and she has come up more than this time, but not nearly this far. She has made professional bowling history with her year, and now, in just about the most outstanding way, by qualifying to play for the title on TV
! I will be rooting for her on the televised finals tomorrow.
Without a coveted PBA Tour "exemption" on her side, qualifying for the televised PBA finals, let alone match play, is just amazing. Also, with the recent ending of the LPBT, this brings a new twist into what has been a sport already dominated by men throughout the decades, save for many women pro bowlers such as Donna Adamek, Lisa Wagner, Aleta Sill, Tish Johnson, etc, through the years, who post scores as competitive as any men do.
And, amazingly, in qualifying, Liz Johnson took out Chris Barnes in the Round of 32 by winning the best of 7 with 4 win, 2 loss victory. One of the games she lost was to a perfect 300 game by Barnes. Liz shot 289. 2 freakin' 89! If you know bowling, then about the only way to lose to a 289 is for the opponent to shoot a 300 game.
(As a side note, I'm sort of bummed that Patrick Allen made it to the Round of 16 ahead of Barnes. I like Barnes a heck of a lot more than "PA" in the World Rankings point race, and with Allen already with a slight lead, his chances are a bit more sure this week to take it all, with only two more qualifying PBA Tour stops left.)
I will be cheering Liz on. Playing Wes Malott won't be easy on TV
, as he de-seeded Walter Ray Williams, Jr., who is essentially like a modern day Earl Anthony, less one title, and considered by many to be the most accurate bowler to hit the PBA oil patterns. If she defeats Malott, she will face either Tommy Jones or Steve Jaros. Tommy has been outstanding this year, with television experience under his belt to boot, and Steve Jaros has simply dominated his match play opponents this week.
Slow and low, Liz. Keep it slow and low!
- Rob J
P.S. If only Lockport native Brad Angelo could just win his first PBA title!