The Professional Bowlers Association Southwest Region Young & Pratt Austin Open saw competition at Dart Bowl this past weekend, and coming away with the trophy and $2,500 by beating a tough men’s line-up was Clara Guerrero of Columbia.
Killeen Open winners were also in the top 10, with Nathan Bohr finishing in third place. Mike Scroggins finished fourth and Robert Klann was ninth.
Local bowler Pete Schrrippa finished 55th. Robert Robinson was 61st and Kyle Bigford was 68th.
Guerrero, 30, is a 2006 graduate of Wichita State University with an extensive resume. Some of her awards include a second-place finish in the 2006 Women’s Challenge, winner of the 2006 Panama Invitational, Colombian National Champion in 2002-05, silver and bronze medalist in the 1999 and 2003 FIQ World Championship and the Pan-American Games, silver medalist in the 2000 AMF World Cup, and a two-time World Champion in the 2009 Women’s World Championships. Guerrero added the most important world titles to her curriculum in 2009, taking the all-events and Masters World Champion of the 2009 Women’s World Championships. The medal in all-events was for the combined results of singles, doubles, trios and team. She fired a 258 game to secure the prestigious title with a 5,330 pinfall total and an average of 222.08 over 24 games.
The right-hander, who now resides in Austin, has signed with Columbia 300 to a staff contract.
Entries close Sunday for the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Open Tournament. Teams will consist of four people, with two divisions. Cost per event is $19. Optional handicap all-events is $4, and scratch all-events is $5. New this year is an optional scratch division for each event. The cost is $10 per event with all money going to the prize fund. The optional scratch event requires the entire team and doubles to enter.
The team event will be held at Hallmark Lanes. Doubles and singles will be at Killeen Bowlerama. Handicap is 90 percent of 230. Dates for this event are the weekends of Nov. 3-4 and 10-11.
Hallmark Lanes will host a Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. This will be an adult/youth tournament with the proceeds going to the Grand Prix Scholarship program. Prizes will be given for the best costume and they will also have karaoke.
Chris Barnes captured his second title in the Columbia 300 Vienna Open and the 7,000 euro top prize. Barnes was also awarded his 14th career PBA title and his first on the World Bowling Tour. In the title match of an all-PBA champions finale, Barnes, defeated reigning PBA player of the Year Sean Rash, 257-214. Tommy Jones and England’s Stuart Williams finished third and fourth.
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., is ready to join the “PBA50” club after celebrating his 50th birthday on Aug. 21.
Weber, the winner of 35 PBA Tour titles (fourth on the all-time list) and a record 47 PBA Regional titles, is the only player in history to win five U.S. Open titles. He has bowled in 726 PBA Tour tournaments in a career that began at age 17 in 1979 — when he became the youngest player ever to win a PBA Regional title (St. Louis). He also is the youngest United States Bowling Congress member to bowl a 300 game in his first game as a certified adult league bowler, a feat he accomplished at age 15 in St. Louis.
Weber, who will begin his 34th season as a PBA Tour competitor when PBA World Series of Bowling IV gets under way Nov. 2-11 in Las Vegas, is expected to make his debut on the newly renamed PBA50 Tour (formerly PBA Senior Tour) in the spring of 2013. Next year’s PBA50 Tour schedule will be announced later in the fall.
The PBA50 Tour is getting younger. Monacelli, Walter Ray, Wayne Webb, Tommy Baker, Mike Edwards, Bob Learn, Jr., Dale Traber, Mark Williams and soon Weber are all in their 50s.
We need the PBA50 Tour on television.
See you on the lanes.