A look at the history and facts of the PWBA Tour Championship

  • 11 September 2018
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A look at the history and facts of the PWBA Tour Championship

ARLINGTON,Texas - The PWBA Tour Championship is the final tournament of the 2018 PWBA Tour season and will be held Sept. 16-19 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. The Old Dominion Building at Richmond Raceway will host the pinnacle event for the second consecutive year, while the city of Richmond will serve as the backdrop for the third consecutive year.

The invitation-only event brings together 16 of the top players from the 2018 season. PWBA members qualified for the PWBA Tour Championship by either winning a title during the 2018 season or earning enough competition points. All 2018 PWBA Tour champions, who were PWBA members at the time of their victory, received an automatic invitation to the Tour Championship, with the remainder of the field filled through the PWBA points list.

As we inch closer to the start of the event, let’s look at some of the history and facts surrounding the PWBA Tour Championship:

Host cities and venues: Since the relaunch of the PWBA Tour in 2015, the PWBA Tour Championship has been held in three cities – Arlington, Texas (2015), Midlothian, Virginia (2016), and Richmond, Virginia (2017 and 2018).

The International Training and Research Center, home to USBC Team USA, was the host venue in 2015. Uptown Alley hosted the tournament in 2016 in the event’s first trip to the Richmond area. Richmond Raceway, specifically the Old Dominion Building, has hosted the event in conjunction with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2017.

Defending champion: Shannon O’Keefe returns to Richmond as the defending champion, the No. 1 seed and with the honor of being the 2018 PWBA Player of the Year. She locked up the award at the 2018 QubicaAMF PWBA Players Championship.

Past champions: Along with O’Keefe, Singapore’s New Hui Fen (2016) and Danielle McEwan (2015) are recent winners of the PWBA Tour Championship.

Seeds to win: In 2015 and 2017, McEwan and O’Keefe, respectively, each won the title as the No. 5 seed. In 2016, New Hui Fen rolled through the bracket as the No. 11 seed to capture the title and along the way claimed the 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year award. Each player went 5-0 in bracket play to win the coveted title.

16th seed: Singapore’s Cherie Tan has the best finish as a 16th seed. In 2016, she reached the title match before losing to Team Singapore teammate New Hui Fen, 258-235.

Champions and post-season honors: Since 2015, New Hui Fen is the only player to win both the PWBA Tour Championship and either PWBA Player or Rookie of the Year. In 2015, Stefanie Johnson, the PWBA Rookie of the Year, was the Tour Championship runner-up. Three-time PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson finished third in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Daria Pajak, the 2017 PWBA Rookie of the Year, finished tied for 11th.

Eight players: Since 2015, eight players have qualified and competed each year in the PWBA Tour Championship. Those players are (in 2018 seed order): (1) Shannon O’Keefe, (2) Danielle McEwan, (3) Stefanie Johnson, (4) Liz Johnson, (8) Rocio Restrepo, (11) Diana Zavjalova, (12) Kelly Kulick and (15) Shannon Pluhowsky.

No top seeds in the finals: The benefit of being the No. 1 or No. 2 seed is that the player is seeded directly into the semifinals of the PWBA Tour Championship, but that hasn’t translated into a title. In fact, a top seed has never advanced to the finals. As the No. 2 seed, Stefanie Johnson (2015) and Kelly Kulick (2017) advanced to the title match but lost.

No 300s: There have been no 300 games rolled during the PWBA Tour Championship. The highest game is 279, which four players have rolled. New Hui Fen (2016, Round 1 vs. Jennifer Higgins), Shannon O’Keefe (2; 2017, Round 1 vs. Birgit Poppler; Round 2 vs. Sin Li Jane), Diana Zavjalova (2017, Round 2 vs. Verity Crawley)

Tour Championship debuts: 2018 PWBA Rookie of the Year Jordan Richard, the No. 6 seed, and No. 16 seed Lindsay Boomershine are making their PWBA Tour Championship debuts.

Most games bowled in one event: Singapore’s Cherie Tan holds the record for the most games bowled in one event with 17 games in 2016. In the first three rounds, which were best-of-five matches, each of her matches went to a deciding fifth game. She then won her semifinal match to reach the title tilt, where she lost to New Hui Fen.

Surprises: Liz Johnson has bowled just one game in each of her three appearances at the PWBA Tour Championship, failing to advance to the finals in each year. She has bowled just three total games, but that will change this season as Johnson will compete in at least one best-of-five match as the No. 4 seed.

Best career win-loss record: Shannon O’Keefe has a career match-play record of 9-2 at the PWBA Tour Championship, highlighted by a 5-0 record en route to the 2017 title.

Highest averages by year: 2015 – Danielle McEwan, 224.42 (12 games), 2016 – New Hui Fen, 227.73 (15 games), 2017 – Shannon O’Keefe, 238.61 (13 games)

Highest career averages: New Hui Fen, 227.73 (15 games), Shannon O’Keefe, 225.37 (37 games), Diana Zavjalova, 222.75 (16 games), Danielle McEwan, 221.12 (24 games), Shannon Pluhowsky, 218.59 (27 games)

Most match-play wins: Shannon O’Keefe (9), Danielle McEwan (6), New Hui Fen (5), Cherie Tan (4), Shannon Pluhowsky (4)


(SEE BELOW)
PWBA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY FOR 2018 PARTICIPANTS:

Shannon O’Keefe – No. 1 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

9

11

2,374

215.82

2-1

T-5

2016

6

13

2,863

220.23

2-1

T-5

2017

5

13

3,102

238.61

5-0

Won title

Total

 

37

8,339

225.37

9-2

 


Danielle McEwan - No. 2 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

5

12

2,693

224.42

5-0

Won title

2016

3

4

886

221.5

0-1

T-7

2017

4

8

1,728

216

1-1

T-5

Total

 

24

5,307

221.12

6-2

 

 

Stefanie Johnson - No. 3 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

2

2

436

218

1-1

2nd

2016

8

7

1,493

213.28

1-1

T-7

2017

15

4

870

217.5

0-1

T-11

Total

 

13

2,799

215.30

2-3

 

 

Liz Johnson - No. 4 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

1

1

224

224

0-1

3rd

2016

1

1

195

195

0-1

3rd

2017

1

1

222

222

0-1

3rd

Total

 

3

641

213.66

0-3

 

 

Liz Kuhlkin - No. 5 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

14

6

1,143

190.50

1-1

T-7

2016

Did not qualify

2017

Did not qualify

Total

 

6

1,143

190.50

1-1

 

 

 



Jordan Richard - No. 6 seed
Making PWBA Tour Championship debut
 

Bryanna Coté - No. 7 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

13

Four

755

188.75

1-1

T-7

2016

14

Five

1,028

205.6

1-1

T-7

2017

Did not qualify

Total

 

Nine

1,783

194.77

2-2

 

 

Rocio Restrepo - No. 8 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

8

14

2,762

197.28

2-1

T-5

2016

2

1

189

189

0-1

4th

2017

7

3

635

211.66

0-1

T-11

Total

 

18

3,586

199.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Josie Barnes - No. 9 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

Did not qualify

2016

15

5

1,033

206.6

0-1

T-11

2017

Did not qualify

Total

 15

5

1,033

206.6

0-1

 


Erin McCarthy - No. 10 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

10

9

1,637

181.88

1-1

T-7

2016

Did not qualify

2017

Did not qualify

Total

 

9

1,637

181.88

1-1

 


Diana Zavjalova - No. 11 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

4

4

800

200

0-1

T-11

2016

9

4

846

211.5

0-1

T-11

2017

3

8

1,918

239.75

1-1

T-5

Total

 

16

3,564

222.75

1-3

 


Kelly Kulick - No. 12 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

3

11

2,241

203.73

2-1

4th

2016

7

5

963

192.6

0-1

T-11

2017

2

2

450

225

0-1

2nd

Total

 

18

3,654

203

2-3

 


Maria Jose Rodriguez - No. 13 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

Did not qualify

2016

13

3

556

185.33

0-1

T-11

2017

9

3

654

218

0-1

T-11

Total

 

6

1,210

201.66

0-2

 


Missy Parkin - No. 14 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

12

3

571

190.33

0-1           

T-11

2016

Did not qualify

2017

12

7

1,545

220.71

1-1           

T-7

Total

 

10

2,116

211.6

1-2

 


Shannon Pluhowsky - No. 15 seed

Year

Seed

Games

Pinfall total

Average

Record

Finish

2015

6

5

988

197.60

0-1

T-11

2016

4

8

1,773

221.62

1-1

T-5

2017

6

14

3,141

224.35

3-1

4th

Total

 

27

5,902

218.59

4-3

 

 

Lindsay Boomershine - No. 16 seed
Making PWBA Tour Championship debut

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