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Dave Washburn wins his second WCST bowling title

Dave Washburn has won both his WCST titles in Las Vegas.
Dave Washburn has won both his WCST titles in Las Vegas.
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It was déjà vu all over again for Dave Washburn of Las Vegas on Saturday.

Washburn claimed the West Coast Senior Tour bowling title at Orleans Casino Lanes in Las Vegas – following the script that catapulted him to his first WCST championship in November.

On Saturday, Washburn finished second during the eight-game qualifying round before winning the stepladder finals and the $625 first-place prize.

In November, Washburn also qualified second before winning the WCST tournament title in Las Vegas – this time at South Point Bowling Center.

Remarkably, both of Washburn’s titles were achieved amid a 31-player field.

Washburn won his second WCST title Saturday by defeating Ron Winger of Las Vegas, 248-217, in the championship match. Winger held an early 31-pin lead but was overwhelmed by a barrage of Washburn strikes the rest of the way. Winger, who earned $500 for finishing second, also opened in the 10th frame.

Johnnie Short of Las Vegas was the top qualifier and finished third. He was ousted in the four-man stepladder finals by Winger, 225-191. Short, who picked up $400, averaged a blistering 244.3 during qualifying.

Jim Moran of Henderson, Nev., took fourth and won $300. Earlier, Moran had bowled a perfect game.

The top four finishers all are right-handed.

Washburn was the fifth champion in five WCST events this year. Past 2014 champions Dick Baker of Henderson, Nev., and Steve Heinzmann of Parker, Ariz., placed 12th and 23rd during qualifying and did not advance.

The other 2014 champions – Craig Kisro of Granada Hills and Kevin Gannon of Lakewood – did not bowl Saturday.

Stan Winters of Simi Valley was the top California finisher, placing fifth and winning $260.

The WCST bowlers will be back in action in two weeks when they take part in a tournament in Diamond Bar, Calif.

For more information, contact WCST owner and director Dick Sanders at 760-363-6064.

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