By Dick Atkinson
Special to the Herald
Defending champion Nathan Bohr, formerly of Austin, and National Tour Pro Mike Scroggins of Amarillo are the headliners.
However, more than 100 bowlers will compete for over $20,000 in prize money in the 14th annual Killeen Open Southwest Region PBA tournament on Saturday through Sunday at Hallmark Lanes.
Bohr defeated Joe Findling of Mesquite last year to win his second Killeen Open title, having also won in 2005.
Scroggins, the 2005 USBC Masters champion and defending U.S. Open champion is an exempt player on the Lumber Liquidators national PBA tour and is also a four time Killeen Open champion, having won in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001.
Expected to join this duo are Mark Scroggins of Amarillo, the West Texas A&M bowling coach, former national touring pro Rick Lawrence of Waxahachie, current SW Region points leader Chris Hibbitts II of Fort Worth, runner-up David Anthony of Austin and 2007 champion Clint Dacy of Keller.
The activities start Aug. 20 with a two- hour practice and autograph session starting at 3 p.m.
Three Pro-Am squads are scheduled:, including Friday at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m., and on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to bowl with the pros in these handicap Pro-Am squads.
The tournament itself will consist of two eight-game qualifying squads on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
On Sunday, the top third will advance to the semifinals at 8 a.m. and bowl five additional qualifying games with their scores from Saturday carrying over.
At Noon, Sunday, the top-16 bowlers, based on total pinfall will be seeded and begin a single elimination match play competition.
Winners of the match play continue to advance until the final two bowlers compete for the championship.
Opportunities still exist to bowl in the pro-am, which will be held in conjunction with the professional tournament.
The Pro-am is the best chance for amateurs and fans to meet, mingle and bowl with the world's greatest bowlers, while competing for a prize list separate from the pro's list.
A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Killeen/Cove/Hood Special Olympics.