Allen bests Malott for 10th career title

PBA Lumber Liquidators Championship

December 10, 2007|By Patrick Gutierrez | Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporter

For PBA Tour member Patrick Allen, the number 10 must sound pretty good right now. The Florida native notched his 10th career victory yesterday, defeating Wes Malott, 247-217, in the Lumber Liquidators Championship at AMF Country Club Lanes, earning $25,000 and a shot at bowling immortality.

With his 10th win, Allen has met the minimum requirement for consideration for the PBA Hall of Fame. Fittingly, he sealed the match with a strike in the 10th frame, after which he screamed, "Ten!" in celebration. Not that he's writing his induction speech yet.

"Just because you have the 10 titles doesn't mean you're a lock" for the Hall of Fame, said Allen, 37.

The final was a rematch of Friday's contest, when the two bowlers battled for the No. 1 seed during the position round and deadlocked at 248 when Allen made back-to-back strikes in the 10th frame. Allen earned the top spot in yesterday's finals on the strength of his overall pinfall that round.

The second go-round with Malott proved a little easier, with Allen opening with strikes in four of the first five frames to take a lead he would never relinquish. The nine-year tour veteran said that had as much to do with his mindset as with his ball.

"I tried to focus on all the times I had to step up this week, and fortunately today was one of those times," said Allen, who is fourth in the World Points Ranking this year with 81,366. "It feels good to have to compete out here against these great bowlers and step up when I need to."

Allen benefited from being one of only two left-handers in the expanded eight-man final, taking advantage of the lighter traffic on his side of the lanes to keep his ball locked in. While right-handers like Malott, Mike DeVaney and PBA legend Walter Ray Williams were tearing up the right side of the lanes, Allen was able to bowl relatively undisturbed.

"Patrick was able to play his `A' game today," Malott said.

patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com

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