The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Scratch Tournament has concluded and the unofficial standings have been posted to

First place in the adult Division 1 was captured by Jackie Harris with a score of 713. Second place went to Phillip Thurston with a 710. Third place was Rullie Haywood with 706.

Division 2 had Howard Liles on top with 604. In second place was Ken Cason with 540. Third place went to Bud Herron with 523.

James Norris led the Division 1 youth with 677. In second place was Jordan Garza with 633. Derek Brooks was third with 612.

Nathaniel Cerniglia topped the youth in Division 2 with 596. In second was Amanda Morgan with 580, and Megan Wehmeier was third with 522.

Division 3 had Eva Avans on top with 514. Khayman Koop was second with 499, and Michael Mckenzie was third with 424.

The next scratch tournament is scheduled for Jan. 11 at Killeen Bowlerama.

The association will host its annual awards banquet and Christmas party at the American Legion Post 223 in Killeen on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented for the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Open Tournament as well as coach of the year, volunteer of the year and youth bowlers of the year.

Michna’s Barbeque is catering this year and will be providing brisket, sausage, beans, potato salad, cole slaw, home-baked bread, iced tea and all condiments. Your association will be providing cake for dessert. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available from any association director.

The association will be collecting new unwrapped toys for kids, canned foods and nonperishable food items.

Jerry Schneider, in a PBA news release, reported that Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and two-time PBA Player of the Year Billy Hardwick of Memphis, Tenn., died of an apparent heart attack Saturday at the age of 72.

In one of the greatest turnarounds in professional bowling history, Hardwick went from a rookie PBA Tour season in 1962 failing to cash in a single event to winning four titles and becoming player of the year the next season.

That 1962 rookie season was the beginning of a career that included 18 PBA Tour titles, three of which were majors that earned him PBA’s Triple Crown.

His first major title came in the 1963 PBA National, which was followed by a PBA Tournament of Champions win in 1965 and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America All-Star (now U.S. Open) title in 1969. He won a then-record seven PBA Tour titles in 1969 to earn his second Player of the Year crown.

Hardwick won his final tournament in 1976 in Toledo, Ohio, and finished second to Hall of Famer Marshall Holman in the Tournament of Champions. He retired after the 1976 season and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1977.

He was also a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, inducted in 1985. He was a two-time American Bowling Congress Tournament champion, winning the Classic team and Classic all-events titles in 1964.

The too-close-to-call chase for 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year honors resumes in Japan Nov. 28-30 when 30 PBA players compete in the 27th Round1 Japan Cup at Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center in Tokyo.

First prize will be roughly $60,000. Mika Koivuniemi is defending champion, a two-time winner and one of seven past champions in the field.

The 2012-13 PBA Tour season concludes with three PBA International Tour events in the Middle East in December: the Abu Dhabi WBT tournament at Thalifa International Bowling Centre (Nov. 30-Dec. 6); the Qatar Open at Qatar Bowling Centre in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 4-10); and the 7th International Kingdom Open at Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Dec. 11-16). All three events will be World Bowling Tour points competitions and each will award PBA International Tour titles if the winner is a PBA member.

The Southwest PBA Region will be in Allen on Friday through Sunday for the PBA Dallas Orthopedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open.

The Cheetah pattern will be used. At 35 feet in length, the Cheetah is the highest scoring of the five named patterns. Originally designed for use on worn lane surfaces, the Cheetah has produced some of the most memorable moments on the PBA Tour because of its propensity for rewarding players who “live on the edge.”

Chris Barnes of Double Oak is the leading money winner in the Southwest Region, having won $14,000 in two events. Tyler Jensen carries the high average of 225.88 for 106 games.

The Southwest Region will then travel to Beaumont for the PBA Beaumont Southwest Open. The event will be hosted by Crossroads Bowling Center from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at

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