The 17th annual PBA Killeen Southwest Open saw the ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads in competition at Hallmark Lanes and it turned out to be a great day for many local bowlers.
In fact, it started perfectly for Killeen’s Eric Odette.
Odette rolled a 300 in his first of eight games in the afternoon ‘B’ squad session and led the field with 1,955 pins and a 244 average.
Pflugerville’s Wes Malott, the recent U.S. Open winner, was in first place at the completion of the ‘A’ squad session with a total pinfall of 1,919 and 239 average.
Other local bowlers making the cut to the top 25 were Killeen’s Karin Ciesiolka (15th place, 228 average), Sandi Charles (20th, 222) and Josh Maxson (21st, 222).
This is by far the best showing locals have had in the history of the event.
Those making the cut will compete today starting at 8 a.m.
Five-time winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo is in 16th place, and Nathan Bohr, of Wichita, Kan., who won in 2005, 2009 and 2010, is fourth, averaging 237.
Malott, an eight time titlist on the PBA Tour, is recovering from recent knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear. He won the U.S. Open on July 27 for his first major and eighth tour title. Scroggins also owns eight PBA titles and is suffering from an injury requiring him to wear a running shoe on his left foot.