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Bowling Pasadena’s Lavery-Spahr wins Killeen Open

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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 11:49 pm

Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena defeated five-time winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, 257-239, Sunday in the championship match of the PBA Southwest Region Killeen Open at Hallmark Lanes.

Lavery-Spahr was seeded ninth after the field was cut from 29 to 16 early Sunday. Lavery-Spahr finished 8-1 in single-elimination match play, losing only to Anthony Simonsen in the best-of-three round of 16.

The tournament paid $3,000 for first place.

Scroggins won the first three Killeen Opens from 1997-99, and last won two years ago.

Defending champion Joe Findling, of Mesquite, was eliminated by Scroggins and finished sixth.

Former major league pitcher John Burkett, of Southlake, just barely made the cut for Sunday and didn’t qualify for the round of 16. He placed 23rd and earned $425.

Burkett pitched in the majors for five teams from 1987-2003, winning 166 games.

Killeen’s Russell Brown Sr., the only local bowler to survive Saturday’s qualifying, finished 29th and also earned $425.

Three-time champion Nathan Bohr, of Wichita, Kan., was eliminated by Brandon Bivens, of East Ridge, Tenn., in the round of 16. Bohr finished 13th.

Saturday’s qualifying leader, Shawn Maldonado of Houston, was swept by Lavery-Spahr in the round of eight, 245-204 and 278-235.

The 278 was the day’s top score in match play.

Maldonado finished sixth and took home $850.

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