By Dick Atkinson
Special to the Herald
Austin native Nathan Bohr successfully defended his Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open title by defeating four-time champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, 218-184, in the single-game final and took home the $2,500 first-place prize.
The match was even through five frames and each struck in the sixth.
However, Bohr put together two more strikes while Scroggins opened in the seventh after leaving the 4-6-7 split.
Bohr then spared in the ninth and 10th to shut out Scroggins and pick up his third Killeen Open championship trophy, having won in 2005 and 2009.
Bohr was seeded ninth after qualifying and was extended to the limit in the round of 16 by eight-seeded Rick Lawrence of Waxahachie before prevailing 180-190, 247-225, 247-218, 198-202, 257-223.
In the quarterfinals, he was again pressed before upsetting No. 1 seed Andy Patterson of Tyler, 246-255, 247-180, 229-204.
In the single-game semifinals, he edged Killeen's Mark Gunthorpe 231-201 to reach the final.
Scroggins, the No. 14 seed, barely got into the finals field by 15 pins., but in the round of 16, he swept David Anthony of Austin, who was seeded third, 225-210, 267-202, 219-140.
He was then pushed by Carrollton's Kurt Gingelbach in the quarterfinals before prevailing 265-243, 199-245, 216-205.
Then he edged Kevin Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla., 227-215 to reach the final.
For the first time in the 14-year history of the Killeen Open, three Killeen bowlers made it to the match-play round.
Gunthorpe was seeded fourth and reached the semifinals. Josh Maxson was seeded seventh and took Kevin Mitchell to the fifth game before falling when Mitchell struck out in the 10th frame of the final game to prevail.
Keith Desmarais was the No. 12 seed and also took his opponent, Keller's Clint Dacy, to the fifth game before falling.