#47 Smallwood Wins 2009 World Championship – PBA Top 60 Most Memorable Moments



After Being Laid Off In Detroit Smallwood Wins 2009 World Championship

After qualifying for the PBA World Championship finals during the inaugural World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes in early September, Tom Smallwood won the 2009 PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan., upsetting reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, 244-228. Smallwood’s rags-to-riches story after being laid off from his job in the auto industry in Detroit became a national news story during the nation’s economic downturn. Smallwood’s win is one of many historical moments coming from the first-ever WSOB which included six standard events (Motor City Open, Cheetah Championship, Viper Championship, Chameleon Championship, Scorpion Championship, Shark Championship) and three major championships (PBA World Championship qualifying rounds, PBA Women’s World Championship and PBA Senior World Championship) all taking place in suburban Detroit over 38 days.

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