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.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.