By Dick Atkinson
Special to the Herald
Andy Patterson holds the lead after the first eight-game qualifying round in the 14th annual Killeen Open SW Region PBA Tournament at Hallmark Lanes.
The 22-year old Tyler native averaged more than 234 to take a slim 27-pin lead over defending champion Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan.
In third place is former touring pro Rick Lawrence of Waxahachie, 84 pins behind, and fourth is Austin's David Anthony, currently in second place on the southwest regional tour points list, 101 pins behind the leader.
Besides Bohr, three prior Killeen Open champions are still alive.
Clint Dacy, the 2007 champion is ninth, 2003 winner Lonnie Waliczek is 10th and four-time champion Mike Scroggins sits in 13th place.
Three local bowlers made the cut. Keith Desmarais is in eighth place, 125 pins off the lead. Mark Gunthorpe is 16th and Josh Maxson is 19th.
The top 22 bowlers will return at 8:30 a.m. this morning to bowl the final five games of qualifying.
From there, the top 16 will return at noon.
Based on total pinfall, they will be seeded and begin a best 3-of-5 single-elimination match-play competition. Winners of the match play continue to advance until the final two bowlers compete for the championship. The tournament should finish around 4 p.m.
There is no charge and the general public is invited to attend.