The Scorpion pattern at Hallmark Lanes on Saturday for the PBA Killeen Open Southwest Regional qualifier wasn’t bowler-friendly.
Bryan Pogor, averaging 190.8, took first place and earned an entry into the upcoming event. Pogor rolled games of 202, 174, 175 and 212 for a 763 series.
Rullie Haywood finished second with games of 169, 172, 205 and 200 for an average of 186.5.
There were 21 entries competing. Finishing third was Andrew Kirshner, averaging 183.8. Charles Cole was fourth with an average of 183.8.
The next qualifier is July 12 at 7 p.m.
The 18th annual Killeen Open will take place at Hallmark Lanes on Aug. 8-10.
The Professional Bowlers Association announced it has created a new PBA Women’s Regional Tour program that will begin in July and culminate at the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas this fall.
The PBA Women’s Regional Tour will provide women bowlers with opportunities to compete against other women in the same kind of affordable, close-to-home tournament structure that has given thousands of male bowlers an opportunity to develop their skills since the PBA introduced its regional program 1969.
“Women bowlers have been without a formal tournament structure for too long,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.
“The PBA took steps to address that problem when we introduced the PBA Women’s Series in 2007. The program was suspended after three seasons, but we have always wanted to provide women with a place to compete. This new program is a step in that direction. Our sincere hope is that it will evolve into something more substantial in the future.”
Voting began Tuesday for the 20th annual “Best Bowler” ESPY Award, presented by ESPN. Candidates selected by ESPN for 2014 ESPY consideration are Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott, Sean Rash and Pete Weber.
To cast your vote, go to
espn.go.com/espys/2014. Choose the ‘Best Bowler’ category and click on the photo of each player to view biographical information. Then click on the “submit” tab at the bottom of the player you’d like to vote for.
United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Lynda Barnes, of Double Oak, finished her doubles set at the 2014 USBC Women’s Championships with 20 consecutive strikes, and that momentum helped her into the Division 1 All-Events lead Friday.
The two-time USBC Queens champion started doubles with games of 219 and 260 before closing the set with the fifth 300 of the 2014 event, and 25th in tournament history, for a 779 series. She added 683 in singles and 678 in team for a 2,140 all-events total and moved past fellow hall of famer Jeanne Naccarato of Tacoma, Wash., who rolled a perfect game on the way to a 2,081 effort Thursday.
As bowlers, we always complain about the loss of entries to our local tournaments, but we are not alone. The 2014 USBC Open Championships, currently underway in Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, features slightly more than half the teams the tournament brought to the city in 1995, when 17,285 teams entered, according to Bowlers Journal.
Many bowlers are discouraged with the constant Reno site. The newness of the National Bowling Stadium has worn off and just getting flights to Reno is difficult.
If you don’t gamble, the entertainment in Reno, during June especially, is minimal. Most of the entertainment is in Las Vegas during that time period.
The tournament has been held in Reno four out of the past five years. It’s too much of a bad thing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.