15 years later, Lexington, SC’s Dick Allen repeats as Southern Open Champion

Lexingtom, South Carolina’s Dick Allen repeated as Southern Regional Open champion Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

BOWLING

Allen claims 25th PBA

regional crown edging

Spring Hill’s Champion, 246-234

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

SPRING HILL It took 15 years, but on Sunday, Lexington, South Carolina’s Richie “Dick” Allen repeated as the Spring Hill Open champion at the Southern Regional held at Spring Hill Lanes.

Allen, who’ll turn 41 next month, topped Spring Hill’s Colin Champion in the step ladder finals, 246-234.

Among the final eight competitors, Champion eliminated St. Petersburg’s Sean Riccardi, 254-213 before edging San Juan, Puerto Rico native Christian Azcona, 224-217.

For his efforts, Allen claimed his 25th Professional Bowlers Association regional crown – his first in Spring Hill since 2004.

Dick Allen is all smiles after receiving his #2,500 first place check following the 31st Crystal Automotive  Spring Hill Open at Spring Hill Lanes. SH Lanes owners Carlos and George Martin flank Allen. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

In a terrific finals match, Champion wasted nine strikes in falling by 12 pins to Allen.

Allen maintained the pressure by opening with two strikes before collecting a spare in the third frame.

The South Carolinian then mounted five straight strikes before holding on.

“I got away with a stone cold 8 early in the game,” Allen. “It was a great match.”

On the win’s significance, “This was a big win,“ replied Allen. “You never know when you’ll be in this position again. For me, this was important.

“It was nice to win for the 25th time, but it was more important that I started to click at the right time.

“…I made a couple lucky shots which gave me some room. I was fortunate not to leave any open frames.”

“I just love coming here,” added Allen. “This is the second time I’ve won here, but I’ve finished second a couple times, too. It just seems every time I come here, I do really well.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico native Cristian Azcona finished third. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Before returning to the tour in Virginia, “This (win) was a great tune-up for the summer tour,” admitted Allen. “I want to keep riding the wave. I had to ease up on my hand. And back acts up every now and again. But this (win) makes me feel a lot better.”

Spring Hill’s Colin Champion finished second Colin Champion settled on second place Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

31st Crystal Automotive Southern Open Results

at Spring Hill Lanes

Top 10 Finalsists (73 entries)

PL.

          NAME/HOMETOWN

AVG

      PRIZE

1.

Allen, Dick – Lexington, S.C.

227.67

$2,500.00

2.

Champion, Colin – Spring Hill, Fl

233.55

$1,300.00

3.

Azcona, Cristian – San Juan, PR

234.83

$1,100.00

4.

Riccardi, Sean – St. Petersburg, Fl.

230.78

$1000.00

5.

Piroozshad, Jeff – Coral Springs, FL

231.71

$900.00

6.

Pollizzi, Chris – Spring Hill, FL

230.29

$760.00

7.

Coffey, Mike – Melbourne, FL

229.59

$650.00

8.

Gasn, Matt – Clarksville, Tenn.

229.06

$600.00

9.

Roberts, Trevor – Crystal River

228.53

$550.00

10.

Daugherty, Tom – Riverview, FL

222.20

$535

Stepladder Results

Game 1 – Champion def. Riccardi, 254-213

(Semifinal)

Game 2 – Champion def. Azcona, 224-217

(Championship)

Game 3 – Allen def. Champion, 246-234

31st Crystal Automotive Pro-Am Results

at Spring Hill Lanes

Regular Division (38 entries)

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

SCORE

1.

Staley, Barry

1,459

2.

Clark, Travis

1,452

3.

Williams, Douglas

1,446

4.

Gennusa, Sal

1,426

5.

Reagan, Mike

1,414

Senior Division (64 entries)

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

SCORE

1.

Pease, Debbie

1,570

2.

Brown, Walter

1,496

3.

Roberts, Milton

1,493

4.

Amen, Mario

1,486

5.

Kahoun, Carol

1,,472

Junior “B” Division (28 entries/131 & above)

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

SCORE

1.

Beamon, Hunter

1,644

2.

Nehring, Christopher

1,605

3.

Brown, Tyrese

1,572

4.

Kruis, Dalton.

1,570

5.

Melo, Moises

1,546

Junior “A” Division (20 entries/130 & below)

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

SCORE

1.

Tilton, Brandi

1,665

2.

Nash, Nickolas

1,555

3.

Carsillo, Tristan

1,548

4.

Albee, Robert

1,514

5.

Williams, Luke

1,497

ALL-TIME SPRING HILL OPEN

BOWLING CHAMPIONS (1989-2019)

Compiled by TONY CASTRO

 

YEAR

 

TEAM

 

HOMETOWN

1989

J.B. Van Horn

Atlanta, Ga.

1990

Jeff Bellinger

Columbia, S.C.

1991

Mark Salka

Tampa, Fl.

1992

Joe Viscom1

New London, N.C.

1993

Bob Handley

Tampa, Fl.

1994

Jason Couch

Clermont, Fl.

1995

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

1996

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

1997

Jason Couch

Clermont, Fl.

1998

Steve Hoskins

Tampa, Fl.

1999

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

2000

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

2001

Don DuPree

Fort Walton Beach, Fl.

2002

Walter Ray Williams, Sr.

Ocala, Fl.

2003

Roger Bowker

Ocala, Fl.

2004

Richie “Dick” Allen

Columbia, S.C.

2005

Gary Morgan

Atlanta, Ga.

2006

Tom Daugherty

Wesley Chapel, Fl.

 

2007

 

Jason Mahr

 

Spring Hill, Fl.

2008

Tom Daugherty

Wesley Chapel, Fl.

2009

Vernon Peterson

Winter Haven, Fl.

2010

Richard Langton

Tallahassee, Fl.

2011

Mike Williams II

Montgomery, Ala.

 

2012

 

Jason Mahr

 

Spring Hill, Fl.

2013

Connor Pickford

Charlotte, N.C.

2014

Sean Riccardi

St. Petersburg, Fl.

2015

Jason Sterner

Covington, Ga.

2016

Tom Daugherty

Tampa-Riverview, Fl.

2017

Anthony Caso

Merritt Island, Fl.

2018

Tom Daugherty

Tampa-Riverview, Fl.

2019

Dick Allen

Lexington, SC

 

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