CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, 205-176, on Sunday to win the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Branch Lanes.
It was Allen's four PBA Tour titlem the most recent in 2011. He was in the lead or near it through the final stages of qualifying before surrendering the lead to Ciminelli in the infl qualifying game.
"I've been close a couple of times," Allen said of his six-year drouight. "But after coming so close (a third-place finish in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Zeke (Bayt) made me want to really focus on my game, so I've been working at it.
In the championship match, Ciminelli never got comfortable. He failed to convert the 3- - 6-10 in the second frame and didn't throw his first strike untilt he sixth frame. He got another in the seventh but left a 7-pin. Allen's early double was followed by a 2-8-10 split and then a turkey was followed by a 4-7-10 split, giving Ciminelli a fighting chance. But the Cheektowaga left-hander left a 4-10 split in the ninth fram and his hopes evaporated.
"The guy's a great bowler, but I definitely left it open for him," Allen said of Ciminelli. "I was fortunate to escape this time."
In the first stepladder match between a pair of 23-year-old newcomers to the Tour, Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., eliminated Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico, 244-219. Then Allen defeated Caso, 228-201, starting with five strikes on his first six attempts. It was only the second PBA Tour event for Caso.