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June 12, 2009

PBA arrives: Terre Haute Open begins today

TERRE HAUTE — Six former Professional Bowling Association titlists — including four that have won major events — will be among a field of over 100 bowlers competing in the PBA Central/Midwest Region Terre Haute Open at the Terre Haute Bowling Center today through Sunday.

Bowlers in various regional tour events earn points, with the ultimate goal is to win a regional points tour championship and land a coveted exempt slot on the main PBA Tour.

“We’re pleased with the numbers turning out for this event,” says THBC manager Phil Cooper. “We also have a high number of local players entered. This is one of the largest of the regional tour events in number of bowlers.”

A total of 108 entrants had been received early Thursday afternoon.

A practice session for the competitors is from 3 to 5 p.m. today, with a pro-am scheduled for 7 p.m. Bowling begins in earnest on Saturday, with two squads (A at 9 a.m., B at 4 p.m.) rolling eight games, cutting to the top 16.

The finals will be Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. and starting with the round of 16. First prize is projected at $2,500. The field will bowl on the Chameleon oil pattern, one of five used in PBA Tour events.

There is free admission all weekend, Cooper saying this the Bowling Center’s thank you to the community marking the first anniversary of their return to business from the June 2008 flood.

Top entrants include a pair of six-time PBA Tour champions, Dave D’Entremont and Robert Smith. Both have won major titles as well. D’Entremont won the 1996 World Tournament of Champions, while Smith is the 2000 U.S. Open champion.

Also entered is four-time PBA winner David Traber, who also has a major title to his credit (1994 PBA National Championship). John Nolen has won just once on the PBA Tour, quickly rising from obscurity to claim a surprising major win in this year’s PBA Masters.

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