By Don Wright
Mark Williams of Beaumont rolled a 300 game on his way to averaging 236 for eight games and taking the lead in the 10th annual Killeen Open.
It took a 201.50 average to make the cut of 37 bowlers for today's semifinals beginning at 8 a.m.Finishing 37th for the final spot was Chris Johnson of Garland.'A' squad seemed to have the better shot, with five of the top six bowlers coming from that squad. Following Williams was Chris Barnes, Flower Mound; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo; Paul Fleming, Bedford; Dino Castillo, Carrollton; and Lyn Cummings, Oklahoma City.
No local bowler made the semifinals, but Charlie Scott of Killeen finished in 46th place, averaging 196.75.
Today the bowlers will have five games of qualifying with their scores from Saturday being carried forward. The field will then be cut to 16 based on total pinfall and the bowlers will be seeded for single-elimination match play. The round of 16 will bowl the best-of-five game match. The quarterfinals will bowl a best-of-three game match, and the semifinals and finals will be a single game match. Winners of the match play continue until the final two bowlers compete for the coveted eagle and first-place prize money.
All of the past champions will be in competition today. Scroggins captured the title the first three years of the event: 1997, 1998 and 1999. Barnes stopped his run in 2000. Scroggins regained his top spot in 2001 and in 2002 Fleming took first place honors. Lonnie Waliczek, of
Wichita, Kan., took home the eagle in 2003, followed by Thomas Elborne of Round Rock in 2004. Defending champion Nathan Bohr will start today in 16th place, averaging 214.
Also in the hunt is Del Ballard, Jr., North Richland Hills. He starts the day in 11th place with a 217 average. Ballard looked strong bowling on the B squad and will be a force to contend with today.
The tournament is expected to conclude about 4 p.m.