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1.KING PIN TOURNEY

Professional Bowlers Association Tour 10-time champion Patrick Allen will headline a list of top professional and amateur bowlers expected to participate in the PBA Eastern Region King Pin Lanes Open this weekend.

The event is scheudled to run Friday through Sunday.

Allen, a former PBA Player of the Year, will look to regain his tournament crown after winning the King Pin Lanes event in 2001.

Defending champion Brian LeClair of Athens is also in the field.

Other top pros scheduled to compete include four-time PBA National Tournament champion Ryan Shafer of Elmira, who also made history of becoming only the 16th PBA player to roll a perfect game on national television.

Also scheduled are PBA-exempt players Jack Jurek of Buffalo, Doug Kent of Newark, Professional Ladies champion Michelle Feldman of Auburn, along with, Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick, who are the first two women to ever win a PBA event. The 2000 champion Nick Miseno of Amsterdam and two-time Rome champion Jim Tomek of Camp Hill, Pa. are also scheduled to compete.

Local pros Craig Vogel, Jim Grago and Rick Adams of Rome, Larry Porter of Whitesboro and Ray Cyr of New Hartford will also be vying for the $2,500 top prize. Vogel is the co-owner of King Pin Lanes.

Several local amateurs will try their luck against the pros as well, including Don Narrows and Greg Puccio.

Action is slated to get underway on Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with several of the bowlers taking part in a free bowling clinic with King Pin Junior bowlers. Also scheduled Friday night is a four-game mini-tournament starting at 7 that is open to all bowlers. Autographs and photos from the pro bowlers will be available all day and evening on Friday.

Tournament qualifying gets underway on Saturday morning at 8:30 as half the field will bowl eight games apiece. The other half will roll their eight-game block starting at 2:30 p.m. and the top 16 scorers from Saturday’s action will then return for the head-to-head match play finals beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The one-game championship match is tentatively scheduled to start at noon on Sunday.

Admission is free for spectators.

RomeSentinel.com

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