By Don Wright
Special to the Daily Herald
Cibolo's Robert Klann ended Nathan Bohr's reign at the Killeen Open, beating the two-time defending champ 255-215 in the final of the Southwest Regional PBA tournament.
Bohr was hoping to win his third consecutive title, a feat accomplished only by four-time winner Mike Scroggins in the 15-year history of the tournament. Scroggins, who finished fifth Sunday, was the champ from 1997-99.
It was the first regional title for Klann, who came into the tournament having only bowled one previous regional in the Mid-West Region. As Klann hoisted the eagle trophy, he said he hoped to be back in 2012 and try again.
Klann collected $2,700 for the victory. Bohr earned $1,500 for second place.
The final 16 seeded bowlers made for a unique field. Two women were in the finals for the first time: Clara Guerrero, a Colombia native now living in Central Texas, and Killeen's Sandi Charles, who was seeded 11th.
Leading the tournament after the semifinals was Klann, who had dominated the Chameleon oil pattern.
Also in the hunt were former champions Scroggins (seeded fourth), Wes Malott (third), Lonnie Waliczek (sixth) and Bohr, who was second behind Klann.
In the best-of-five match play, Klann easily advanced, winning 3-0 over Odessa's Lee White. Guerrero advanced with a 3-2 win over Charles Vaughn of Pasadena. Scroggins defeated Chris Hibbits 3-1 and Waliczek topped Charles 3-1.
Robert Lawrence defeated Malott 3-2 while Bohr topped Clint Dacy 3-2. Dacy rolled a 290-game in that match, but couldn't advance.
Klann and Bohr continued through the field until there were just the two of them left for a one-game shot at the title.
There were only two lefties in the final round of 16, which dispels all the rumors that Hallmark Lanes is a lefty's house.
A lefty hasn't won the Killeen Open in 10 years, and it's only been Scroggins, who won four of the first five Opens.
15TH ANNUAL KILLEEN OPEN
Sunday, at Hallmark Lanes
Robert Klann, Cibolo ($2,700) def. Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan. ($1,500), 255-215.