Professional bowling visited Clermont County for a weekend of tournament action at Cherry Grove Lanes.
The Professional Bowlers Association’s (PBA) prestigious Central Region Storm Products/Beechmont Toyota Open took place July 10-12.
A total of 90 bowlers from seven states (Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) competed in this tournament in which the champion, Carleton Chambers of Detroit, earned $2,700 in prize money. In his 17 games, Chambers knocked down a total of 3,554 pins for a 209 average.
“The regional has been here quite a few years,” said Bobby Jakel of Chicago, the regional tournament manager. “This is actually a condensed national tournament. Cincinnati is a tremendous bowling site.”
Said Downs, "We bring in a lot of touring professionals here who are seen on ESPN. When they come here, on Friday nights we have pro-am bowling (professional and amateurs bowl together in non-competition).
On Saturdays and Sundays the pros bowl (in the tournament)...We have a golf outing for the pros before the tournament starts.
"This tournament brings professional bowling to Cincinnati and the people of the Cincinnati area can see the pros in competition. It's inspiring for the kids and other local bowlers."
The defending champion of the Central Regional, Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, was one of only four women to compete in the Clermont County tournament this year.
"I like this place and I'll keep liking it more and more if I keep bowling well," she laughed.
No complaints were voiced for the condition of the lanes that were said to be "stark." This is described by the PBA as a "Pattern (that) forces bowlers to play deep inside the center of the lanes, like sharks that troll the depths of the ocean."
A total of 30 of the keglers earned money at the tournament. Their total pins - games bowled, and money earned is as follows:
Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio (3,399 - 16) $1,350; Tim Mack of Indianapolis (3,480 - 17) $1,050; Ed Carter of Akron (3,448 - 17) $1,050; Kirby Joseph Allen of Ironton, Ohio (2,962 - 14) $825; Dave D'Entremont of Middleburg Heights, Ohio (3,370 - 16) $825; Jodi Woessner (3,056 - 14) $825; Michael Steil of Wheeling, Ill. (2,870 - 14) $825; Emilio T. Mora Jr. of Defiance, Ohio (2,731 - 13) $625; Ron Proffitt of Brookville, Ohio (2,692 - 13) $625.
Dan Higgins Jr. of Westerville, Ohio (2,666 - 13) $625; Steve Jarons of Yorkville, Ill. (2,794 - 13) $625; Brian Kretzer of Dayton (2,448 - 12) $625; Matt White of Youngsville, Pa. (2,334 - 11) $625; Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. (2,332 - 11) $625; Riga Kalfas of Florence, Ky. (2,242 - 11) $625; John Nolen of Waterford, Mich. (1,667 - 8) $450; Tim Kelly of Orland Park, Ill. (1,664 - 8) $450; Ken Abner of Cincinnati (1,663 - 8) $450; Marc Massie of Fort Wright, Ky. (1,663 - 8) $450.
Steve Harman of Indianapolis (1,660 - 8) $450; Pat Dombroski of Parma, Ohio (1,659 - 8) $450; Brian Himmler (1,659 - 8) $450; Richie Brown of Marion, Ohio (1,658 - 8) $425; Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. (1,654- 8) $425; Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio (1,649 - 8) $425; Kenneth Kolberg Jr. of Cleveland (1,645 - 8) $425; Tyler Wilds of Mendon, Mich. (1,642 - 8) $425; Chuck Tompkins of Columbus (1,634 - 8) $425; and Aaron Hawkins of Oregon, Ohio (1,633 - 8) $425.