Lockport bowling alley owner doubles in the 10th to beat Koivuniemi in title match.
Staff Reports Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
LAS VEGAS —
Lockport’s Brad Angelo doubled in the 10th frame on Saturday to prevail by one pin over Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich. to win his second career PBA title and the $20,000 top prize in the PBA Viper Championship, the second event of the fourth GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling.
Angelo, who earned the top berth in the stepladder finals at South Point in Las Vegas, watched the opening match in which Koivuniemi, seeded third, easily defeated No. 4 Mike Fagan of Dallas to set up a semifinal clash with PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.
Koivuniemi, the PBA Player of the Year in the 2003-04 and 2010-11 season, took care of five-time champion Rash (right), 258-180, to bowl Angelo for the title.
Koivuniemi received $10,000 for second place. Rash earned $7,000 for third place and Fagan garnered $5,000 for fourth place.
The ESPN stepladder final which was conducted on Saturday, in the special arena setting in South Point’s Exhibition Hall area will air on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Angelo recently purchased the former South Transit Lanes on South Transit Road in Pendleton and renamed the site, Brad Angelo Lanes, which is now open for business.
He becomes the second acclaimed Lockport bowler to open a bowling center here. Allie Brandt, who held the world record for the highest three-game bowling series in history (886 at Allen’s Lanes on Pine Street, downtown) for four decades, opened up a Lincoln Avenue bowling center in the early 1960s.