Castillo, Lavoie Team Up to Win PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles
Shawnee, Okla., (June 26, 2018) – Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, and Canadian Francois Lavoie, now living in Wichita, Kan., teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center Sunday, defeating the Houston area team of D.J. Archer and Shawn Maldonado, 436-390, in the title match.
For Castillo, the win was his seventh in PBA Regional competition while Lavoie’s number of PBA Regional titles is up to six following his second victory at FireLake. Each collected $2,000 for the win.
The winning team had a long road to the finals after qualifying in seventh position while Archer and Maldonado earned byes to the Round of Four by leading the eight-game qualifying round. Castillo and Lavoie defeated another Canadian, Mitch Hupe’, and his amateur partner, Marc Heninger from Tangonoxie, Kan., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8. In the Round of 6, Castillo and Lavoie out-battled the Oklahoma team of James Cantere from Norman and Jeff Hatt of Midwest City in three games to win, 2-1. Castillo and Lavoie then overwhelmed the No. 2 qualifiers from Amarillo, Texas, Mason Edmondson, and Tyler Albracht, 2-0, in the semifinal round while Archer and Maldonado eliminated a pair of two-handed players, Malaysia’s Zulmazran Zulkifli and Trey Ford III of Bartlesville, Okla, 2-1, in the other match.
The PBA Southwest Region’s next event is the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Lanes in Fort Sill, Okla., July 20-22