As we say on Hammer down, Sundays are for the bowlers. That was the case on February 11,2018. That’s when the PBA held the stepladder finals of the 53rd Tournament of champions.
The Toc as it is called has delivered no shortage of memories and this tournament was no exception.
The opening match might have been the most uneventful. BJ Moore, the fourth seed did battle with fifth seed Matt O’Grady. O’ Grady cruised to victory after Moore suffered several tough breaks, wining 219-174.
This gave O’Grady a match up with Jason Belmonte, who was looking for his tenth major title. The match came down to the wire as O’Grady failed to shutout Belmonte. Belmonte only needed a double and five pins to steal the win.
His first shot in the tenth went flush for a strike, but the second ball came up just short leaving a ten pin after a messenger pin failed to knock it over and giving the four-pin win to O’Grady.
That set up the semi-finals against Andrew Anderson , newcomer to the tour. This match played similar to the prior one and once again O’Grady walked away with the win by a 194-185 margin.
Waiting in the top position was Jesper Sevensson. Sevensson looked to be the favorite due to his performance in the tournament. However, he never got a good luck and the match remained very close between the tournament leader and last stepladder qualifier.
O’Grady sealed the championship with a late strike and took home the title with a 207-193 decision.
Overall, I really enjoyed the telecast. For one who hasn’t really watched the PBA with any consistency the past few years it was good to watch again. With three of the four matches going down the tenth frame it was exciting to watch.
Granted I wasn’t pulling for O’Grady to win. I just don’t know much about him as a now more casual fan. I would have liked to see Belmonte take it, or local/hometown player Moore win.
Take a look at the PBA’s next few events if you get the chance. They are celebrating an anniversary and it would be nice to support that.