FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 3, 2013)
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Georgia’s Sterner Rolls 299 to Win First Title in PBADon Carter Classic
10 pin on finalball prevents bid for place in PBA history
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga.,who had never finished higher than seventh place in a Professional BowlersAssociation Tour event before the 2012-13 season, won his first PBA Tour titlein the Don Carter Classic with a nearly-perfect 299-235 victory over topqualifier Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, at Thunderbowl Lanes.
The Don Carter Classic and PBA League Carter team finalsaired Sunday on ESPN.
Sterner, who lost a 199-177 decision to eventual championTom Daugherty in his only previous PBA television appearance in the BowlersJournal Scorpion Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowlingearlier in the season, lost his chance at the 23rd nationally-televised 300game in PBA history when he left a solid 10 pin on his final shot.
He also lost a bid to join Bob Benoit of Topeka, Kan., asonly the second player to win his first PBA Tour title with a 300 game. Benoitwon the 1988 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas, for his first title inhis first PBA television appearance.
“The biggest thing I learned from my first show was gettingrid of the nerves, and to trust your decisions,” Sterner said. “It’s a littleadded pressure to bowl on TV, but once you get comfortable, and trust yourdecisions, it’s a lot easier.
“I felt very confident,” he added. “I had the right ball, Iknew what moves I needed to make and it was just a matter of going through myroutine and believing in it. After the first couple of shots, I could see howthe lanes were changing, and it just came easy. It was definitely a greatfeeling.
“When I realized the match was done, I realized I had a shotat 300, and the pins just kept falling,” Sterner continued. “I don’t think I’veever bowled that good of a game under pressure, ever.
“The last shot, I liked. I thought it was a great shot, butat that point I was so ready to celebrate the win, the 300 game wasn’t evenimportant.”
With his first title, Sterner also earned his firstopportunity to compete in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, March 26-31at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Don Carter Classic was the third of four PBA Tour eventsheld during the PBA Detroit Winter Swing. The Earl Anthony PBA PlayersChampionship will conclude the Winter Swing on ESPN on Sunday, March 24 at 3p.m. ET when top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., meets challengerScott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif. The telecast also will include the PBALeague Earl Anthony round, the final qualifying round heading into the EliasCup finals. The Anthony PBA League round qualifiers are Terrell Owens’ DallasStrikers, Chris Paul’s L.A. X, Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle and a fourth teamthat will advance from the Clash eliminator round.
PBA DON CARTER CLASSIC
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.
Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga. ($15,000) def. Wes Malott,Pflugerville, Texas ($7,500), 299-235.
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