|Harry Sullins bowls
Sunday afternoon during the Professional Bowler’s Regional Senior Final at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling
Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
In the 18th and final game of the tournament, Harry Sullins put the exclamation point on his championship
Sunday, rolling a near-perfect 290 game.
Sullins claimed the title and $4,000 first-place prize in the 2014 PBA 50 Regional Classic held at Al-Mar
It was the highest game of the two-day event.
For Sullins, of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, it was his 27th career Professional Bowlers Association
regional title and the third consecutive in PBA senior regional tournament he has entered. His previous
two were both in Arizona.
"Once I had the lead after qualifying (on Saturday), I just tried to stay clean and keep my numbers
up," Sullins said.
Sullins had the tournament virtually locked heading into the final few games and finished with a 168-pin
cushion over his nearest challenger, Dean Billings of Rootstown.
Sullins totaled 4,077 pins, to 3,909 for Billings. Sullins started the elimination rounds on Sunday with
a five-pin lead over his nearest challenger and gradually built the lead throughout 10 grueling games.
"Harry just ran away," Billings said of the champion.
The main drama on Sunday involved the battle for second place.
Billings had a 25-pin advantage heading into the final game over 2011 champion Tom Baker of King, North
Many bowlers were competing over the final few games, until the final game which boiled down to Billings
and Baker. Billings opened with the first five strikes and looked to be pulling away from Baker until a
missed spare and an unconverted split in the sixth and eighth frames, respectively, momentarily handed
Baker the opportunity.
However, Baker left his own split in the ninth frame and Billings struck out to secure the runner up
position worth $2,200. Baker cashed for $1,500 with 3,887 pins, while Tommy Martin of Olive Branch,
Mississippi, finished fourth at 3,803 for a $1,000 payday.
In a special bonus game, Sullins lost to the highest super senior Don Blatchford, of Santa Monica,
California (those age 60 or over) in the event 213-226 for a special bonus of $250, winner take all.