Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, who ranks sixth on the Professional Bowling Association (PBA) career titles list with 32 victories, will compete for the PBA World Championship at noon Sunday, Jan. 13, on ESPN.
April 7, 2012, was proclaimed “Parker Bohn III Day” in Brainerd/Baxter as a prelude to Good Samaritan Bowl IX at Jack’s House. Bohn visited the Good Samaritan Care Center in Brainerd and made many friends, including 100-year-old Andy Thomas, whom he helped roll a strike.
Bohn averaged 242 for the 56 games of World Championship qualifying and match play.
Completing the field for Sunday’s five-man stepladder finals are Jason Belmonte, a two-handed bowler with five career PBA titles; Dan MacLelland, who is hoping to become the first Canadian to win a PBA Tour event; Sean Rash, reigning PBA Player of the Year; and 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Rhino Page.
Bohn missed the practice session for the World Series because he stayed home an extra day to help neighbors deal with the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He then qualified for the 24th and final position for match play finals, and battled his way into the finals, striking in the 10th frame to edge Tommy Jones by nine pins for the final spot in the stepladder finals.
Bohn, 49, is trying for his first title since winning the Cheetah Championship in December 2008.