Ted Hannahs of Zanesville, Ohio, successfully defended his title in the $150,000 True Value Open Pro Bowlers Association tournament with a 215-190 victory over Bob Handley in the championship game today.
The top-seeded Hannahs, now a three-time PBA champion, earned $27,000 for his second straight victory at Landmark Recreation Center.
Handley had defeated Steve Fehr, 202-157; Art Trask, 268-192, and Steve Cook, 203-193, to reach the title match against Hannahs.
"It's nice to come back and successfully defend a title because it doesn't happen very much," Hannahs said after his first victory of the year.
He became the first bowler to defend a title since the retired Earl Anthony won the PBA National Championship for a record third time in 1983.
In the title game, Hannahs suffered an open in the first frame. But, after a spare in the second, he rolled four straight strikes to build a lead he never relinquished.
Handley, who is from Pompano Beach, Fla., earned $14,000 for second place.
Cook, of Roseville, Calif., who missed converting a 3-pin in the 10th frame of his semifinal loss, collected $8,500 for third. Trask, of Fresno, Calif., won $7,000 for fourth.