By Don Wright
Special to the Herald
The greatest bowlers in the world have brought their game to Hallmark Lanes for the ninth annual Killeen Open.
For the first time in the tournament's history, the Southwest Region Professional Bowlers Association started the tournament with a sweeper. The scratch sweeper got under way Friday with 18 bowlers rolling four games across eight lanes.
Tyler Jensen of Wheat Ridge, Colo., captured the event, averaging 241. He shot games of 224-245-237-258 for a total pinfall of 964. Just 34 pins back in second place was four-time Hallmark Open champion Mike Scroggins. Scroggins averaged 232 with games of 246-184-245 and 255.
There are 99 bowlers listed on the entry list for this weekend and one of them is Nathan Bohr. Bohr, formerly of Austin, now residing in Wichita, Kan., joined the PBA in 2003 and has earned his spot on the exempt tour for the upcoming season. The 25-year old graduate of Wichita State won the 2004-05 PBA Southwest Region points race by nearly 50,000 points over David Anthony, despite bowling in four less events than Anthony last season. He captured three Regional Tour titles and won back-to-back events in Broomfield, Colo., and Austin.
He led the Midwest region with 15 championship-round appearances and was second in earnings with $20,435. His 216.94 average tied him for second. He had 15 top-10 finishes and eight top-five finishes. During the 2004 season he appeared in 11 PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds, advancing to the round of 64 in the 2004 PBA Orange County Classic, where he finished 38th overall.
Bohr is a product of the youth bowling program. He was the Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award winner in 1999, given by the ABC to the top junior bowler in the nation. He was a member of Junior Team USA 2000-02, and was the 2000 National Junior Amateur Champion. While at Wichita State he bowled on the Shockers men's team from 1999-03 and was a member of Wichita State's Collegiate National Championship team in 2003.
Bohr has come close to winning the Killeen Open, but a few bad breaks at inopportune times have kept him from winning the coveted eagle.
Bohr is scheduled for C Squad and will be on lane 9 this evening beginning at 6 p.m.
Killeen's top two bowlers will also compete on C Squad. Sandi Irvine, state recordholder, and Steve Drenser, 2002-03 KilleenFort Hood Bowling Association Bowler of the Year would like nothing more than to bring the eagle home.
The tournament will continue through Sunday.
CORRECTION The Phantom Warrior Old-timers will conduct their meeting at 12:30 p.m at Phantom Warrior Lanes on 25 Aug. The league will begin bowling at 12:30 p.m. Sep. 1, not following the meeting as previously reported.