By Don Wright
Special to the Herald
Hallmark Lanes is celebrating their 25th anniversary and what better way than hosting the Southwest Region PBA Chameleon Open.
The Southwest Region has been coming to Hallmark Lanes for 16 years.
The opening ceremonies included a video of the history of the center and a tribute to the Southwest Tournament director, Pete McCordic who in 1987 bowled a televised 300 game defeating Wayne Webb 300 to 249 during the Greater Los Angeles Open.
The perfect game earned McCordic $100,000.
Friday night two Pro Ams were conducted and there were nearly 100 bowlers competing.
Saturday saw two squads rolling eight games of qualifying.
Upon completion of A squad the leader was Dustin Ochoa of San Antonio averaging 223.50 at plus 188.
Dino Castillo of Carrolton finished in second averaging 221.75 and plus 174.
Most of the eyes in the center were watching a young lady from Irving who finished in 6th place and averaged 213.
Kristin Warzinski captured one of the PBA Qualifying events to earn a spot in the tournament and she is making the best of it.
The 29 year old right hander has been bowling for 25 years and is employed by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America as the meetings and events coordinator.
Josh Maxson of Killeen was the only local to finish in the plus column. He finished 13th averaging 202.87.
B Squad ran later than expected, but when the smoke cleared Nathan Bohr was the new leader. Bohr, the 2009 and 2010 Killeen Open winner finished with 1,825 dropping Ochoa to second place.
Mike Scroggins and Chris Barnes, previous winners are in 4th and 6th respectively.
Local bowler Mark Morgan is in 19th place and Josh Maxson defeated Robert McBride of Plano, 225-213 in a roll-off for the final spot at 25th.
The tournament begins at 8 a.m. today with more qualifying and then match play.