There are just three days until the first pro-am of the Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open hosted by Hallmark Lanes.

This is the 17th year that Hallmark Lanes has brought the best of the Southwest Region to our city, and once again you can expect to see the best in competition.

The Killeen Open is a favorite stop on the PBA Region schedule and usually draws a strong competitive field. Mike Scroggins, a five-time winner, will once again try to show his dominance and add to the rumor “it’s a lefty’s house.”

Another multiple winner is Nathan Bohr, who captured the event in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Other regular competitors are Chris Barnes, Wes Malott, Lonnie Wallace, Clint Day and Mark Williams. Malott is fresh off his win at the Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open on Saturday at Columbus Western Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, and he won the 2008 Killeen Open.

Jacob Reed, a senior at Copperas Cove High School, won the final PBA qualifier last weekend and earned a paid entry into the Killeen Open. Reed posted games of 247-200-236-212 for an 895 series.

The Cheetah pattern will be used for the Open, so you can expect some high scores. 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.”

 This pattern places a premium on the ball traveling toward the gutter in order to maximize the best possible angle to carry all 10 pins. The scoring pace on Cheetah is normally high, with the champion being required to know that success means striking and not just hitting the pocket.

Friday will be a practice session for the professionals from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by the first pro-ams at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

On Saturday, ‘A’ Squad will start at 9 a.m., B Squad at 2:30 p.m. and another pro-am at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the semifinals begin at 8:30 a.m., followed at noon with match play.

Let’s come out and support your local bowlers and the professionals and show them that Killeen is a bowling city.

PBA Hall of Famer and pioneer bowling coach John Jowdy of El Cajon, Calif., died Thursday of natural causes. He was 93.

Jowdy was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 primarily for his coaching contributions but was also a prolific bowling writer and bowling industry advocate.  He was president of the Bowling Writers Association of America in 1996 and was later voted a Life Member of the organization.

Jowdy began his coaching career by instructing youth bowlers in San Antonio in the 1940s and ’50s. Since the late ’60s, he had coached more than 100 professional and amateur men and women bowlers.

Most recently he was inducted into the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of his coaching contributions to the sport. He also was inducted into the Texas Bowling Hall of Fame, the San Antonio Bowling Hall of Fame, the Bowling Writers Association of America Hall of Fame and the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame (2001). In 2006, he was chosen as the International Bowling Coach of the Year by the World Bowling Writers. He was the recipient of bowling’s Flowers for the Living Award in 1985.

As a writer, Jowdy’s columns appeared in dozens of bowling newspapers and magazines and he was the author of two books on the sport, Bowling Execution and Bowling Execution, Second Edition

Two of America’s great pastimes came together with the first 400, a two-year sponsorship program that renamed the August NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race after the great sport of bowling. Pocono Raceway and Strike Ten Entertainment, the sponsorship activation arm of the bowling industry, rolled out the groundbreaking, multi-faceted partnership deal, bringing together two of the nation’s favorite sports brands: NASCAR and, the official brand of bowling.

With comedian Dane Cook serving as grand marshall, fans also had a chance to see the most famed car in NASCAR, featuring the branding — the No. 43 Ford Fusion, made famous by legendary driver Richard Petty. The freshly rebranded car is now operating with as the primary sponsor via a partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and Strike Ten Entertainment. The car, driven by Aric Almirola, finished 20th in the race.  “Big Joe” Lombardi would be proud.

The fall season of the S.T.A.R.S. senior league starts at Killeen Bowlerama on Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m.

The Golden Agers senior league kicks off on Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Hallmark Lanes.

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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