Bowler Graham Fach of Guelph, Ont., becomes 1st Canadian winner on PBA Tour
24-year-old bowler earns $40,000 US in 2nd tour event
Graham Fach won the Barbasol Players Championship on Sunday to become the first Canadian champion in Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour history.
The 24-year-old left-hander from Guelph, Ont., beat Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., by a score of 279-244 in the title match of the major event at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Fach was making only his second PBA Tour start. He earned $40,000 US.
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"It's a great feeling to win against players of this caliber," Fach said. "They want to win, but obviously I want to win, too. I wasn't sure I would be able to compete out here, but the only way to find out is come out and try. Now at least the PBA staff knows who I am."
Fach advanced to the final with a 247-244 victory over Australia's Sam Cooley.
Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson opened the stepladder final with a 274-258 victory over hall of famer Norm Duke. In the second game, Cooley beat Svensson 246-206.