Professional Bowler from Evansville Wins First Title

Matt Sanders, a 23-year-old rookie professional bowler from Evansville, won the Professional Bowlers Association's (PBA) Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open in Memphis.

Sanders is a former two-time All-American with Marion University.

He not only won his first title, but he earned $10,000 -- which is enough to finance his tour activities for the rest of the 2017 season.

Sanders won the title by defeating Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., 243-237.

Sanders earned his trip to the title match with a 253-223 victory over fellow rookie Francois Louw of South Africa. In his previous three-game total pinfall matches, Sanders eliminated top qualifier Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 707-679; rookie Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia, 632-602, and Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 683-675.

Sanders had his best PBA finish a week ago when he lost to Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, MI 279-268 in the PBA Greater Marion Central Open title match in Marion, OH.

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