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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:31 am, Tue Jun 18, 2013.

Hallmark Lanes hosted the second PBA qualifier this past weekend and earning an entry into the Southwest Region Killeen Open in August was Josh Maxson, who averaged 224 for the four games. Maxson put together games of 226-245-194-233 for an 898 series and was never even challenged.

Maxson will now compete in the Killeen Open scheduled for Aug. 10-12.

Robert Bigford finished third with an 805 series. Bigford is a youth bowler who bowls for Copperas Cove High School. His prize money will go to Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins, the scholarship program for youth bowlers.

I watched the second qualifier and was surprised at the competition. Only two bowlers averaged 200-plus. Seven bowlers didn’t average 170. When you throw three shots in the gutter and fail to make routine spares, don’t expect to win a qualifier. And obviously you are not capable of competing against the best professionals in the Southwest Region.

My best advice would be to take your $55 entry fee and go practice.

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I watched the PBA50 Tour on bowlTV, and the great Pete Weber captured the Senior Masters Tournament in Las Vegas. Weber delivered a clutch finish after fellow Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., gave him an opening in the final frame. Weber struck on his first shot in the 10th frame to lock up the win, 229-205, at the South Point Bowling Center.

A USBC Masters victory has always been the missing piece to complete Weber’s bowling career, but even though this victory came in the Senior Masters, Weber said he takes pride in it.

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I keep hearing how difficult the shot is at the National Bowling Stadium, but it obviously isn’t too tough for some. Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, may not be old enough to enjoy some of the things Reno has to offer, but he’s now the talk of the town and the envy of his fellow competitors at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships after taking the lead in Regular Singles on Sunday night.

The 20-year-old right-hander put together games of 288, 268 and 239 for a 795 series at the National Bowling Stadium and passed Team USA member John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., who set the bar with a 789 series April 21.

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Checking the ladies scores at the USBC Women’s Championships, Karin Ciesiolka is tied for 90th place in the Diamond division.

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The Texas State USBC Open standings as of Monday have the Heavy Hittas in fourth place with 3,561 total pins. The Chief and Braves are in ninth place with 3,459.

Division 4 has Retired Army Soldiers in 13th place with 3,464. Division 5 has D’Hunks in second place with 3,531.

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Let’s discuss local bowling again. The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association has 64 bowlers with a 210 average or more. I saw few of their names participating in the PBA qualifiers. The PBA qualifiers would, hopefully, send our best to represent our association and our city in the Killeen Open. Many of those high-average bowlers are people I bowl with and many are senior bowlers, yet they ignore a chance to compete against other locals and the Southwest PBA Tour. Why is that? Are the local averages so inflated they don’t depict the true average or bowlers’ true ability?

Those 64 bowlers are not well represented in the scratch tournaments held throughout the year. Again, I ask why?

I have been bowling in this association for 41 years and I have seen many bowlers who, over those years, were the top bowlers in the area. Some are still on that list of 64. In my mind they are the real scratch bowlers, not afraid to compete against anyone, yet they don’t compete in the PBA qualifiers or scratch events.

The same holds true for the Travel League that gets smaller each year. What was once a competitive league has dwindled, and once again, I see very few of the so-called 64 elite.

The women do not have a travel league and our local women travel to Dallas to compete on their travel league. The true competitive bowlers capable of shooting their average are participating at various centers, the Senior All-Star Bowling Association and PBA regional events across the state.

If you are one of the 64 bowlers holding an average of 210 or better, come on out and compete and show us all how good you really are.

See you on the lanes.

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