Shawnee, Okla., (July 8, 2019) – Former Wichita State players A.J. Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, and Canadian Mitch Hupe’, both currently living in Wichita, Kan., teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles, presented byDV8, at FireLake Bowling Center Sunday, defeating the Texas team of Joe Findling from Mesquite and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 473-414, in the title match.
For Chapman, the win was his second in PBA Regional competition, while Hupé, the 2018 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, earned his first PBA title. Each collected $2,000 for the win.
The winning team qualified in second place after the eight-game qualifying round, earning byes directly into the best-of-three-game semifinal round. There they defeated Englishman Stuart Williams, now living in Pflugerville, Texas, and his PBA Hall of Fame partner, Chris Barnes, of Double Oak, Texas, 2-0.
Findling and Maldonado, qualified fourth, earning a first-round bye before defeating twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-0, followed by a 2-1 win over qualifying leaders Paul Henderson from Watauga, Texas, and non-PBA member Marc Heninger of Tonganoxie, Kan., 2-1, in their semifinal round match.
The PBA Southwest Region’s next event is the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Lanes in Fort Sill, Okla., July 19-21.