By Don Wright
For the Killeen Daily Herald
Defending champion Nathan Bohr topped the field after the first day of competition Saturday in the 15th annual Killeen Open Southwest Region PBA tournament at Hallmark Lanes.
With 1,776 pins, Bohr leads Robert Klann of Cibolo by 15 sticks.
Past winners Wes Malott and Mike Scroggins were in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Austin's Robert Lawrence, back in competition after suffering numerous injuries that nearly curtailed his career, was in sixth place.
Sandi Charles, a Greater Killeen USBC Association Hall of Famer, was the highest local qualifier with a score of 1,594, good for 19th place. The only other local bowler to advance was William Palumbo of Copperas Cove. His 1,580 earned him the final spot for today's competition.
The Chameleon oil pattern seemed to have some of the professionals scratching their heads, but they soon found the line and managed to put together some excellent scores.
Competition resumes at 8 a.m. today with a five-game qualifying block. At 12:30 p.m. the top 16 bowlers will begin single-elimination match play and the tournament should end around 4 p.m.
15TH ANNUAL KILLEEN OPEN
Where: Hallmark Lanes, 4203 Shawn Dr.
Semifinals: 8 a.m. to noon
Match-play finals: 12:30 p.m.