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June 15, 2009

‘Weekend warrior’ Kidd rolls to PBA Terre Haute Open title

TERRE HAUTE — A self-admitted weekend warrior, Richard Kidd worked his way through a tough field of competitors to win his first-ever Professional Bowlers Association title in the PBA Central/Midwest Region Terre Haute Open at the Terre Haute Bowling Center on Sunday.

Kidd, 42, a tool-and-die maker during the week in El Paso, Ill., defeated a good friend, then two exempt PBA pros, before knocking off a 15-time regional tour titlist in the championship match. The victory also earned him prize money of $2,800.

In the title match, Kidd, a left-handed bowler, jumped to a 40-pin lead with four consecutive strikes in frames two to five, but ran afoul in his final five frames. Yet, he still fended off Sean Swanson 199-181 to earn that elusive first title.

“The nerves got to me a little bit there in the eighth and ninth frames,” Kidd admitted. “[Swanson] got up there and made a shot there in the eighth and got a split. I told myself if I can just stay calm and make good shots and make spares I would be OK.

“Then I just made a horrible shot in the ninth and then made a worse shot yet on the spare. Needless to say, I’m very fortunate to be where I’m at right now.”

Kidd’s near collapse began when he failed to convert a 2-7 split in the sixth frame. Two spares later, he missed the head pin in the ninth frame, leaving the 1-3-6-9 pins. He failed to convert that spare, then spared and struck to close out his 199 game.

Despite his own two open frames, Swanson still had a chance to win if he threw two strikes and a nine-count in the 10th frame. But he left the 2-4-5-8 pins on his first shot in the 10th. Just like that, Kidd was champion.

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