Well done to Stephen Zino for getting down to the semifinals of the PBA International Open Singles qualifier at the Heretaunga Club in Hastings last weekend. Steve did enough to reach the final, but his inspired opponent Steve Love (Manawatu) hit three booming drives in the last tiebreak end to deny a chance at a second play-off berth in Invercargill next month.
Steve Z had already qualified for PBA Finals Weekend September 6-8th at the Waverley Bowling Club when he won the Scottish International Open Singles qualifier at Queen’s Birthday Weekend. He will be joined down south by Rich Corry who won the World Indoor Singles qualifier in Hastings a couple of weeks later.
Going into last weekend both Rich and Laurie Guy were in contention to make the PBA NZ Trans Tasman team to play the Australian PBA next July but were unable to rack up enough ranking points to stay in the fight.