Showplace Lanes, Highland Lanes and Dart Bowl in Austin will host the Texas Special Olympics Winter Games Feb. 1-3. Bowling is a large part of Special Olympics and more than 2,000 athletes are competing.
There are multiple shifts each day and the centers are looking for volunteers. Anyone 15 and older is able to register to volunteer, and those under 15 can with an accompanied adult. Most volunteers will assist the athletes on the lanes, help the bowlers when it’s their turn to bowl, and assist with score keeping. The following link (www.sotx.org/competitions/wintergames/winter-games-volunteer-info.html) will assist you with the registration process. For more information, contact Judy Yoshimaru at (512) 491-2947 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association conducted a scratch tournament at Phantom Warrior Lanes on Saturday and there were quite a few bowlers for the event.
Capturing the Division 1 event was Regie Criner with a score of 742. Close behind was Louis Barragan with 714. In third place was Jean Maxson with 660, and Mark Morgan was fourth with 652.
Division 2 was won by Rod Kensinger with 634. Second place went to Bud Herron with 517.
Division 3 saw Albert Williams in the No. 1 spot with a 499 series, followed by Arron Dodd with 450.
Our youth bowlers also saw competition, and capturing Division 1 was Jordan Garza with 657. Second place went to William Foster with 625.
Tommy Flores had a score of 520 to top Division 2. Second place went to Michael Williams with a 514.
Division 3 was won by Khayman Koop with 369.
The next scratch event will be conducted March 16 at Killeen Bowlerama.
The PBA Tour on ESPN on Sunday was a great show. Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., completed one of the most impressive, if unlikely, victories in his hall of fame career, defeating four opponents, including top qualifier Jason Belmonte of Australia, 254-227, to win the PBA World Championship at South Point Hotel and Casino.
The 49-year old lefty, who had not won a title in more than four years, captured his 33rd PBA Tour title — and second major — with a stunning performance that began when he claimed the 24th and final position in match play by only three pins, followed by qualifying for the stepladder finals by only nine pins.
In the championship round, he defeated Canada’s Dan MacLelland, 226-218; Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., 200-170, and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 278-231, to advance to the title match, where he defeated Belmonte.
In winning the World Championship, Bohn became only the third player ever to win a major championship after qualifying 24th for match play (Mike Aulby won the 1989 U.S. Open and Pete Weber won the 1991 U.S. Open after qualifying 24th), and the 15th overall to accomplish that feat. At age 49 years, 122 days, he also became the second-oldest player ever to win the PBA World Championship. Tom Baker was 49 years, 192 days when he won in 2004.
One of the great long-standing traditions of the PBA Tour has been its annual trip across the Pacific to Tokyo for the Round1 Japan Cup. The tradition continues after a two-season absence when the finals of the 26th event air on ESPN on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET from Round1 Stadium Diver City Tokyo Plaza.
Leading the contingent of 20 invited PBA Tour players, who battled against 123 Japan and Korean PBA members in qualifying and match-play rounds at the Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center, was 13-time Tour winner and Japan Cup defending champion Tommy Jones trying for a fourth Japan Cup title. Joining Jones in Japan were PBA stars Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Jason Belmonte, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Norm Duke, Mike Fagan, Mika Koivuniemi, Wes Malott, Amleto Monacelli, Rhino Page, Osku Palermaa, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Shafer, Pete Weber, Stuart Williams, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and 2013 PBA World Championship winner Parker Bohn III.
See you on the lanes.