By Don Wright
For the Killeen Daily Herald
Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., captured his seventh Southwest Region Professional Bowlers Association Championship and his second Killeen Open championship.
Bohr, who was seeded fifth in the round of 16, defeated Tyler Jensen of Keller 3-2 to advance to the round of eight. In the round of eight he defeated Kevin Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla., 2-1.
The round of four pitted Bohr against Austin's Cole Copland, but the 16th-seeded Copeland was no match for Bohr, losing their single-game battle.
The final round of competition had Bohr against Joe Findling of Mesquite. Findling had been seeded 15th at the start of play and worked his way through the pack to meet Bohr for the title.
Early in the match it was close, but two splits late in the game sealed Findling's fate as Bohr went on to win 233-185 and capture the $2,700 first-place prize money.
Bohr, originally from Austin, won USBC's Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award in 1999. He was a member of Junior Team USA in 2002 and '03; member of Team USA in 2008 and '09. He won the 2000 National Junior Amateur Championship, graduated from Wichita State in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration. He bowled for the Wheatshockers from 1999 through 2003 and helped Wichita State win the 2003 Men's Intercollegiate Team Championship.
During the 2008-09 season he earned his third career exemption and cashed in 18 of 19 events and made match play 10 times. His best finishes were 10th in the GEICO Championship and 15th in the USBC Masters and Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic He averaged 212.25 (56th) and earned $38,555 (42nd).
He is a two-time PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year.
Presentation of the check and the coveted eagle trophy was made by Dick Atkinson, proprietor of Hallmark Lanes and Pete McCordic, director of the SW Region PBA.