By Don Wright
Special to the Herald
Day two of the Hallmark Open began at 8 a.m. Saturday and was still under way at press time. A and B Squads had competed their competition and C Squad was in game five of their eight-game qualifier.
Chris Johnson, or C.J. as he prefers, from Garland, sits atop the leaderboard with 1,790 pins. The 2004 PBA Rookie of the Year averaged 223.75 and has a 18-pin lead over second place Matt Cabanski of Cibolo.
Four-time Hallmark Open champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo is third with 1,763 pins, followed by Mark Williams of Beaumont with 1,752.
Williams, a PBA Hall of Famer, rolled a 300 game in the seventh game of B-Squad qualifying. That perfecto got many trying to remember if a 300 game had ever been rolled in the eight-year history of the tournament. The consensus was that Williams' 300 was the first after someone said, "If Scroggins hasn't done it, than it hasn't been done."
Thomas Elborne of Round Rock is hoping to defend his Hallmark Open title and is currently in 14th place averaging 209.
At the end of B Squad, Jorge Bardales of Killeen topped the local bowlers with a 196.50 average, earning 34th place.
The unofficial standings for the Pro-Am have John Miller capturing first place. His games of 261-232-300 gave him a total of 793. Add to that the 835 bowled by the three professionals he partnered with and he finished with 1,658. Just 54 pins back was Pete Schirripa Jr. He rolled games of 217-276-265 for a 758. His PBA partners rolled 846, for a 1,604 total pinfall.
Bowling begins at 8 a.m. today with the top third of the qualifiers rolling five games. Their scores and the scores from Saturday carry over. The top 16 bowlers based on total pinfall will then be seeded and bowl five games of single-elimination match play. The quarterfinals will bowl a best-of-three game match and the semifinals and finals will be a single-game match.
Today's field will have youth and veterans, rookies and Hall of Famers all eyeing the coveted eagle.