Bowler Graham Fach of Guelph, Ont., becomes 1st Canadian winner on PBA Tour

Graham Fach made history Sunday when he took the Barbasol Players Championship title in just his second PBA, earning a cool $40,000 US.

24-year-old bowler earns $40,000 US in 2nd tour event

Graham Fach beat Ryan Ciminelli by a score of 279-244 in the title match of the the Barbasol Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl on Sunday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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.

"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.


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