Canadian Francois Lavoie bowls perfect game in 2020 PBA Playoffs
Canadian Francois Lavoie from Quebec City winds up on his way to bowling a perfect game in the round of 16 at the PBA Playoffs, in Centreville, Va., in a Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-PBA Tour, Reinhold Matay,
CENTREVILLE, VA. -- Quebecer Francois Lavoie bowled a perfect game in the round of 16 at the PBA Playoffs.
Lavoie bowled 12 straight strikes in his win over Sean Rash to record the 29th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history. He joins Rash as the only two bowlers to have two perfect games on TV.
The 27-year-old Quebec City native was named the Professional Bowlers Association 2016 rookie of the year after winning the 2016 U.S. Open. He also won the U.S. Open in 2019 and has more than US$320,000 in career earnings.
The PBA Playoffs are the the PBA Tour's season finale with the tour's 24 top players competing for a $100,000 first prize and the last title of the year in the bracket-style, single-elimination tournament.
The tournament, which was held without fans at Bowlero Centreville, just outside of Washington, D.C., is being aired on TV over several weeks. Lavoie's highlight-reel showing aired Saturday night but actually happened last weekend.
-- this report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct 17, 2020