Tony Reyes bowls 300 on way to Motor City Classic title in Taylor

Tony Reyes’ first career Denny’s Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour title couldn’t have been any sweeter.

Reyes made history by firing the 17th televised 300 game in the 47-year history of the tour in the semifinals Sunday at Taylor Lanes, then defeated Wes Malott, 255-238, for his first career title.

The 33-year-old from San Bruno, Calif., knocked off PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, 300-215, in the semifinals, becoming the first bowler since Mika Koivuniemi in the Cambridge Credit Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn., on Dec. 17, 2003, to be perfect on TV.

Reyes also became the third bowler – and the first since C.K. Moore in 1996 – to shoot 300 on his way to his first career title. Moore’s 300 game also came against Bohn.

After firing the 300 game, Reyes refocused to knock off the top-seeded Malott, clinching the win with a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame.

“I did have some shaky legs trying to finish a 300 game for the first time since I can remember,” said Reyes, who earned $25,000 and an exemption for 2007-08. “I had to bring it back though after that shot. Business is business and Wes is a great bowler so I knew I had to shoot one more big game.”

Reyes had a difficult 2005-06 season which included the passing of his father midway through the season. He finished just 51st in the 2005-06 PBA World Point Rankings, but earned his exemption for 2006-07 by winning a special event, “The Final Frame presented by the Denny’s PBA Tour.”

“I did it for dad. He was here Friday and he's here now. I can just feel it,” Reyes said. “I’ve worked so hard over my eight years on tour and to get to this point is amazing. I felt like it was just a matter of time."

Reyes came into the stepladder finals as the second seed and took on Bohn after he defeated fourth-seed Mike Edwards, 252-203, to advance to the semifinal. After a 3-7 split and an open in the fourth frame, Bohn rebounded with seven consecutive strikes to clinch the win.

Edwards defeated Mike Scroggins, 244-222, in the first stepladder match.

Malott took home $13,000 for second, Bohn earned $6,500 for third, while Edwards and Scroggins earned $5,500 and $5,000 for fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Denny’s PBA Tour moves to Cheektowaga, N.Y., for the 2006 Etonic Championship Nov. 8-12 at AMF Thruway Lanes. The nationally televised ESPN finals take place Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. EST.

Denny’s PBA Tour               
2006 Motor City Classic
Taylor Lanes, Taylor, Michigan
Sunday, Nov. 5

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
Pos.  Name, hometown, Total/Games, Money
1.     Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 555 (2 games), $25,000
2.     Wes Malott, Argyle, Texas, 238 (1 game), $13,000
3.     Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 467 (2 games), $6,500
4.     Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 447 (2 games), $5,500
5.     Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 222 (1 game), $5,000

SCORES – In the first match, Edwards def. Scroggins, 244-222; in the quarterfinal Bohn def. Edwards, 252-203; in the semifinal, Reyes defeated Bohn, 300-215; and in the final, Reyes def. Malott, 255-238.