Kulick Among Finalists for 2015 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship
September 11, 2015 Share

Kulick Among Finalists for 2015 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship

Kelly Kulick survives the bracket format of the 2015 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship to make her sixth championship round appearance of the season. Kulick, the PWBA spokesperson, still is looking for her first title of the year.

The semifinal matches will feature Kulick against Stefanie Johnson and Liz Johnson squaring off against Danielle McEwan at the International Training and Research Center. The winners will advance to the finals and face off for the major title and $20,000 top prize.

Kulick who earned a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed (from season points), defeated Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, 3-1. In the final round of best of five games, Kulick was down 0-2 before rallying back to win the next three games against Rocio Restrepo of Colombia and secure her spot on the show.

The championship round will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Liz Johnson and Stefanie Johnson automatically were seeded into the semifinals as the top two players on the PWBA point list, while McEwan and Kulick battled their way through the best-of-five single-elimination bracket Friday.

Liz Johnson, a USBC Hall of Famer, led the tour in points, earnings and wins on her way into the semifinals. She kicked off the year by capturing her second USBC Queens title and has won the last two events leading into the Tour Championship, including defending her title at last week’s Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open, her fourth career win at the event.

The PWBA Player of the Year race also will be determined during Sunday’s championship round. Stefanie Johnson will need to win the Tour Championship to earn the award, otherwise Liz Johnson will take home the honor for the first time in her storied career.

PWBA members qualified for the Tour Championship by either winning a title during the 2015 season or earning enough competition points. All 2015 PWBA Tour champions (who were members at the time of their victory) received an automatic invitation to the Tour Championship, and the remainder of the 16-player field was filled out through the PWBA points list.

PWBA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE FUND
Champion – $20,000
Second – $10,000
Third – $5,000
Fourth – $5,000
Fifth-sixth – $3,000
Seventh-10th – $2,000
11th-16th – $1,000

For the complete article go to PWBA.com.