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May 13, 2014

Findish wins Greater Johnstown Open

JOHNSTOWN — Jonathan “J.J.” Findish won the championship round of the 51st annual Greater Johnstown Open Bowling Tournament  after four close games against Ron Samuel II on Tuesday night at Westmont Lanes.

Findish topped Samuel 877-829.

“It’s a good tournament to be a part of, and I got really lucky,” Southmont’s Findish said. “It’s just a matter of making spares and I actually had some in these games.”

Samuel said the tournament included a high level of competition.

“From the beginning it has been intense”, said Samuel, who represented Richland Lanes in the tournament. “Out of 20 games, it came down to the last game.”

Findish had won the tournament by 48 points with a total score of 877 after making a comeback when Samuel was in the lead after Game 3. Samuel finished the tournament with 829 points.

Tournament Director Ron James praised the bowlers in the event.

According to James, Findish, who is a 20-year-old student at Pitt Johnstown, is the youngest winner in the history of the tournament.

“As far as we know, he is the youngest winner on record since we had started this back in 1963,” James said. “He’s a new champion. Some of these guys have won multiple times, but this year we have a new champion.”

“I love the head-to-head matchups that happen in the tournament,” Findish said.

Findish, who had started bowling in the Lanes’ Junior League since he was 6-years-old, credited junior league coach John Hohman for his role in Findish’s win.

“He’s just awesome,” Findish said. “He really taught me everything that I know.”

James said the competition is a solid draw because of its long history and the significance of winning the event.

“This tournament is more of a prestige thing than anything,” he said. “They just want their name on a paper to say that they had won it. That means more than the money or anything else.”

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