By Don Wright
Everyone just knew there would be a repeat winner of the Killeen Open when the field was cut to 16.
Leading the event was four-time champion Mike Scroggins. Just four pins back was 2003 champ Lonnie Waliczek. In ninth place was 2005 winner Nathan Bohr. Still not done, in 14th place, was 2004 champion Thomas Elborne and, finally, in 16th place, was last year's winner Sean Swanson.
But in the end, Keller's Clint Dacy outlasted them all at Hallmark Lanes.
The top 16 rolled a single-elimination, best three-out-of-five series and, unfortunately for them, two previous champs were opposing each other, ensuring that one of them would be going home. Swanson defeated Waliczek three games to one, rolling a 300 in the fourth game.
The field was cut to eight and there were still two chances for a repeat. Bohr defeated Chris Galler, 2-0, but Swanson lost to D.J. Archer, 2-0 leaving Bohr as the sole opportunity for a repeat.
The final two bowlers were Bohr and Dacy, fresh off of his championship win last week in Grand Prairie. Dacy had defeated two opponents and only needed one win against Bohr to capture back to back titles.
The two were fairly close until the seventh frame, when Bohr, on two strikes, threw the ball in the gutter and then failed to convert the spare. That was all the opening Dacy needed as he coasted to a 258-204 victory,
eliminating any chance for a repeat champion.
Dacy had been a PBA member from 1996 to 2000, but gave up his professional rating to compete in some amateur events.
"I am bowling as a guest," he said. "We are allowed to cash two times as a guest and then either join the PBA or be ineligible for other tournaments. So now I have to make a decision and I don't know at this time what that will be. I am enjoying this run I am on, but right now, I just don't know."
Sunday he earned $2,500. Coupled with the $2,500 last week, his weekend job pays pretty well.
Bohr, originally from Austin and now living in Wichita, Kan., earned $1,600 for second place.
The next stop on the Southwest Region PBA schedule is the Greenville Open in Greenville on Aug. 24-26.