COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Graham Fach won the Barbasol Players Championship on Sunday to become the first Canadian champion in Professional Bowlers Association Tour history.
The 24-year-old left-hander from Guelph, Ontario, beat Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York, 279-244 in the title match in the major event at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Fach was making only his second PBA Tour start. He earned $40,000.
''It's a great feeling to win against players of this caliber,'' Fach said. ''They want to win, but obviously I want to win, too. I wasn't sure I would be able to compete out here, but the only way to find out is come out and try. Now at least the PBA staff knows who I am.''
Fach advanced to the final with a 247-244 victory over Australia's Sam Cooley.
Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson opened the stepladder final with a 274-258 victory over Hall of Famer Norm Duke. In the second game, Cooley beat Svensson 246-206.