LINCOLN, Neb. - After leading to wire-to-wire in qualifying and match play, Amanda Greene of Romney, West Virginia, held on to win her first career title Saturday at the 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open.
Greene watched as Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, failed to double in the final frame and locked up the title, 214-205, at Sun Valley Lanes.
A former collegiate standout at Lindenwood, Greene led from the start of qualifying all the way through match play to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals.
"I don't even know what just happened," said Greene. "I'm kind of in shock. I have worked my whole life thinking about winning a title, and I finally got the chance to and wanted to take advantage of it."
Finishing the match first, Greene had a chance to step up and throw a double to win the title but instead left the bucket on her first shot in the final frame. She converted the spare and struck on her fill ball, which forced Pluhowsky to get the first two in the 10th to win. Pluhowsky threw the ball through the face, leaving a single pin to lose.
"I led the whole tournament and I just wanted to seal the deal," Greene said. "All I could think about while watching Shannon was the bad shot I threw in the 10th frame because it was probably my worst shot of the game."
Pluhowsky advanced to the championship match by defeating Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, 226-207. Kulick won the opening match of the four-player stepladder, 233-214, over Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska.
Greene earned $10,000 for the title and a spot in the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship presented by GoBowling.com, which will be contested in Arlington, Texas, in September.
PWBA LINCOLN OPEN
At Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb.
1, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 214 (one game), $10,000
2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 431 (two games), $5,000
3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 440 (two games), $3,500
4, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 214 (one game) $3,000
Match One - Kulick def. McCarthy, 233-214
Match Two - Pluhowsky def. Kulick, 226-207
Championship - Greene def. Pluhowsky, 214-205