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Cooley Wins First 2018 Open Ranked Event at Caboolture

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

PBA bowler Sam Cooley has come from third place in qualifying to win the 2018 Kegel Queensland Open on the weekend at Caboolture Bowl and Mini Golf.

With the first open ranked event tournament for 2018 getting underway on Friday night, viewers got to witness the best Australian bowlers go head to head on the dedicated livestream.

Beginning his tilt for the title in qualifying on Saturday morning, Cooley came out of the blocks strong bowling games of 235, 213, 225, 196, 207, 257, 237, 232, 247, 214, 182 and 201 to sit in third place after qualifying with a pinfall of 2646 and behind Brendan Meads (2673) in first and Bec Whiting (2665) in second.

Moving into stage 2, Cooley had five games to survive the top 24 cut.  Beginning with a 278 and then bowling games of 231, 205, 236 and 237 the New South Welshman began his run for the first open title of 2018 by moving into first place.

In the match play round, Cooley finished second in the first three-way match and then went onto win the match two and take the 40 bonus pins.  After not picking up any points in the third match, Cooley hit back in matches 4, 5 and 6 to take 40 bonus pins in each match, to finish with 143 in the final game.

It was enough to get the win and see the Top 3 place exactly as they did back in 2016, with Cooley finishing 59 pins ahead of George Frilingos in second and Jarrod Langford finished for the third year in a row in third place. 

Alicia Melton finished the best of the females in fourth with Bec Whiting the next best in 8th.

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This weekend will see the Senior Australian Open begin on Saturday at AMF Keon Park.

Main photo courtesy of Caboolture Bowl & Mini Golf
l-r Dylan Lucas, George Frilingos, Sam Cooley, Jarrod Langford, Brian Bates