Okay, here we go. The greatest bowlers in the world will be at Hallmark Lanes beginning Friday through Sunday for the Southwest Region PBA Killeen Chameleon Open.

Hallmark Lanes offered four PBA Qualifying Tournaments for local bowlers to earn a spot in the tournament.

Nick Pate of Georgetown, Josh Maxson of Killeen, Kristin Warzinski of Fort Worth, and former Ellison Eagle and University of North Texas bowler Andrew Kirshner all captured those events and will be in competition with the professionals this weekend.

Other local bowlers you may be seeing are Pete Schirripa Jr, Mark Morgan, Karin Ciesiolka and Sandi Charles.

New this year to the PBA Regional Tour is the "animal patterns." The new regional "animal pattern" series will provide players an opportunity to win paid entries into the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling.

At each designated PBA Regional Animal Pattern Championship, players can pay an optional $50 entry fee to compete for a paid entry into the World Series.

Additional entries may be awarded based upon the number of entries in each regional "animal pattern" event. In addition, the bowler in each of the PBA's seven regions who compiles the highest competition points total for the four "animal pattern" events will earn a paid entry into the WSOB.

No additional entry fee is required to become eligible for the entries based on the four-event qualifying program. Two Southwest Region bowlers to watch are Mike Scroggins of Amarillo and Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan. Scroggins, a four-time winner of the Killeen Open is coming off a region win at Lubbock, and Bohr, the 2005 Killeen Open winner, recently captured the PBA Southwest/Midwest Region Wichita Open.

Hallmark Lanes has scheduled pro-ams for Aug. 10 and 11. The schedule is Friday : pro-am at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m, Saturday: A & B squads roll eight qualifying games, then there's a pro-am at 7:30 p.m., Sunday: Top third of the field returns for five more games of qualifying. At noon the top-16 compete in head-to-head match play bracket until there is a champion.

This will be the 16th year for the Killeen Open and it has always been a favorite stop for the professionals. Dick Atkinson and his staff always make the bowlers feel at home and Wally Wallace in the Pro Shop is there for any assistance a bowler may need.

Let's have a great spectator attendance and cheer on your favorite professional and your local stars.

Saturday is National Bowling Day. That's when America will bowl for free, and the calendar waits for no one. Anyone and everyone can go to www.GoBowling.com to access a free game coupon and find a list of participating centers closest to them. And if your center is not on that list, contact the same web site and sign up now. That coupon, by the way, also can be accessed by "liking" the GoBowling Facebook page.

The men's travel league kicked off this past Sunday with a 14-team roster. They will have a short break due to the PBA Regional Killeen Open and the military tournament in Las Vegas and continue their schedule Aug. 26 at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

Anyone wishing to join the league may do so at the Phantom Warrior stop, or contact the league manager at badams5@hot.rr.com, or at the lanes.

The fall season for leagues has begun and all three centers are prepared for league play. Senior leagues for old folks like me are conducted at Phantom Warrior, Hallmark Lanes and Killeen Bowlerama.

I have myself scheduled for all three with bowling on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. That reminds me; I better hit the gym if I hope to have enough gas to handle a schedule like that after being out of it for so long. Suzie Wollek informed me that the association voted to change the age to 55 to compete in the association's senior tournament. The entering age was 50 years.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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