Two bowling tournaments in the month of March have given way to four lucky competitors who earned the honor of bowling against professional bowler and Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Hall of Fame member, Parker Bohn III, during the Brainerd/Baxter Bowling Association’s sponsored event, A Day with Parker Bohn III, on Saturday, April 7 at Jack’s House as a prelude to Good Samaritan Bowl IX.
March 11 saw 16-year-old William Eliason, the youngest bowler in the tournament, defeat Dave Nelson 213-177 in the championship bowl-off for the classic division — a division for bowlers whose average is below 200 and includes a handicap. Also taking home bragging rights for the day was Lonnie Warner who beat Jeremy Frietag in the scratch division — for bowlers who average above 200 per game — of tournament play 222-214.
Bowlers eager for the chance to play against Bohn III had a second opportunity with the March 25 tournament, where Jared Evans outlasted Tim Bosch 218-209 in the classic division and Jon Hervey upended Shane Rhuby 257-202 in the scratch category.
Greg Anderson, Good Samaritan Bowl and Brainerd/Baxter Bowling Association volunteer, said that A Day with Parker Bohn III will provide plenty of opportunities for those outside the tournament winners.
“We’re going to offer an additional four (people) the chance to bowl with Parker (Bohn III) on that day (April 7),” said Anderson. “And we’re going to have lots of prizes, autographed bowling balls from Parker and a silent auction.
“It’s going to be an all around great time.”
Anderson said the entry fee of $25 to $35 gets bowlers the opportunity to meet and bowl with Bohn III and receive instruction and tips from one of the sport’s best with all proceeds going towards the Good Samaritan Bowl in May.
A day that will officially be proclaimed Parker Bohn III day by Brainerd Mayor James Wallin on April 7, Anderson admits that the real opportunity isn’t in playing with or against Bohn III, but providing an all out community event for all ages.
“We want to use this day (Parker Bohn III Day) to bring the community together,” Anderson said. “To be able to connect seniors, adults and kids for the good of the community and to raise some money for a good cause in the process.”
Registration is required and Anderson can be contacted at 828-4197 or 831-2664 for more information.
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