October 17, 2012
Clara Guerrero has added her name to the short list of women in bowling history, only six, who have earned a PBA Regional title, and she’s on a roll leading into some crucial upcoming tournaments.
Guerrero used her Columbia 300 Oath and Omen balls to blast through a field of 72 in the PBA Southwest Region Young & Pratt Austin Open, held at Dart Bowl in Austin, Tx.
“We were playing the Viper pattern, and I had a good look around the fourth board the entire time,” explained Guerrero. “My goal was to stay right the entire tournament without having to go left, where most of the guys were playing. I was looking for an early rolling ball and smooth reaction that would allow me to keep my angles straight and develop some room for error to the left. Most of the tournament, I threw the Omen, drilled pin up, which I hit slightly with a 1000 grit Abralon® pad at the start.”
It was a combination of Guerrero’s versatility as a player and the equipment used that kept her on top throughout the event. As the lanes transitioned, Guerrero depended on changes in ball speed and hand position, until she needed to switch to the Oath – also drilled pin up, but with a 2000 grit Abralon surface.
“The fact that I was able to stay far right (3, 4, 5 board) the entire time was an advantage for me,” said Guerrero. “I was able to keep my angles straight, which kept me out of trouble. The lanes were hard and the guys had some problems, especially in fresh.”
Guerrero’s recent success overseas helped her to prepare for the Austin Open.
“Every time I play a tournament, I learn something new about my game which makes me a better player,” added Guerrero. “My international competition in Europe last month was of great help. I was also competing against the guys in the Vienna Open, which was very challenging for me, so I felt more prepared for the PBA Southwest Regional.”
Another advantage was location, as Guerrero calls Austin her U.S. home.
“I don’t get to bowl many tournaments in my hometown,” she explained. “So winning the PBA Regional here with my husband, family and friends there to support me was very special.”
Guerrero’s not resting on her laurels though. Her position on the Colombian National Team allows her the honor of competing next month in the Colombian National Games, held every four years.
“I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the PBA’s World Series of Bowling,” she explained. “But my state team has been training really hard for the Colombian National Games, and I’m looking forward to representing them there instead.”
One thing’s for certain, Columbia 300 is proud to be along for the ride.
“Clara is such a great part of the Columbia 300 team,” explained Bugsy Kelly, Columbia 300 Brand Manager. “She’s a fantastic role model for young women, both in the U.S. and in her home country of Colombia. We’re thrilled that we can be a part of her success, and wish her great success in the Colombian National Games.”
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