By Don Wright
It was a packed house at Hallmark Lanes on Friday as spectators and pro-am bowlers came to see and compete with some of the greatest bowlers on earth.
The Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open has a full field of 108 bowlers that will compete in two squads today. Squad A will start bowling at 8 a.m. and will roll eight games. B Squad will roll eight games of qualifying beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Local bowlers hoping to make the finals are competing in both squads. From Killeen are Lonnie Willardson (B), Eric Odette (A), Pete Schrripa (A), David Shuman (A), Gene Betts (B), William Bland Sr. (B), Keith Desmarais (B) and Jim Herrick (B). Ron Allen from Fort Hood will be on A squad and Steve Drenser of Gatesville will compete in B squad.
The 2005 defending champion, Nathan Bohr, looked in great form during the pro-am and is coming off his first full season on the PBA Tour. When asked if the Tour was everything he expected it to be he said, "Everything I expected and more. It's so different out there and I learned so much."
He's hoping that knowledge translates into another eagle for the Killeen Open.
Prior to the pro-am, Dick Atkinson, proprietor of Hallmark Lanes and the newly elected director for the Texas State USBC Association, made two state championship presentations.
Texas Partners captured the team championship in Division 2 with 3,438 total pins. Atkinson presented plaques on behalf of the Texas State USBC Association to Bonnie Atkinson, Phyllis Gatliff, Roberta Olen, Phyllis Love, and Esther Navarro.
Sharon Jeffers captured the Division 1 all-events with 2,324. The 185-average bowler was also presented with a plaque.