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      It has been nearly a decade since members members of the Proffessional Bowlers Association have made any kind of an appearance in Minnesota.


      Now, for the second year in a row, four PBA members will put on a clinic and compete against local bowlers in a few matches Aug. 18th & 19th at Dutler's Bowl in Mankato.

      The quartet includes Walter Ray Williams, Pete Weber, Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III. Williams was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1995 and Weber in 1998.  Bohn was the leading money winner in 1998 and also led the organization in average that year with a 228 mark. Duke has won several PBA titles.

      Persons wanting more information on the schedule should contact Ruth Dutler at 507-337-3439.


      The answer would have to be Dan Bock of Albert Lea.  He claimed his second (CBA) Central Bowlers Alliance title with 228 points, which was a 55-point lead on runnerup Chad Nelson of Owatonna who had 177.  Bock also won $4,830 on the CBA tour and was the top man on the CBA All Star Team.

      In addition he won Mike's Pro Shop "CBA Points Challenge" with 73 points to 55 for runnerup Nelson and Carl Fietek of Eden Prarie.  He also prevailed in CBA "River Liquor Shootout for the $400 first prize. He edged Pat Umphrey of Plymouth for that title.

      Joining Bock on the first CBA All Star team were Nelson, Fietek, Luke Voaklander and Richard Vitko.  Jason Smith edged Carl Poelzer for "Rookie of the Year" honors.


      Scott Pohl of Burnsville, who qualified third in a field of 300 bowlers in the National Amateur Championships in Reno, Nevada last January, is headed to Pusoan, Southe Korea and the Men's World Championships.  The dates for the meet are Aug 24th to Sept. 8th.


      Pohl who won the class AA division of the St Paul 700 club tourney along with many other titles, will be accompanied by five other US bowlers.  They are Bill Hoffman,Columbus, Ohio: Rhino Page, San Diego: Ronnie Sparks, Flint, Mich: Dan Patterson, Buffalo, N.Y: and Dave haynes, Las Vegas.

      Amanda Burgoyne of Newport qualified for the women's team in the same qualifying tourney. The women hold their  World Championships every other year.



The St Paul Bowling hall of Fame committee named it's candidates for the 2006 ballot which will be mailed to Hall members in late August. There are five men listed in Superior performance, three in Women's Superior Performance, six in Meritorious Service and six in Pioneers.

      Following are the candidates by division:

      Men's Superior Performance: Rory Anderson, Jerry Loomis, Brad Subak, Allen Walk and Richard Warren.

      Women's Superior Performance: Barbara Anderson, Paulette Genz and Marie (Mimi) Krey.

      Meritorious Service: Carol Edwards, Charlie Hall, Marleen Jorgenson, haarold Kapaun, gail Ugro and Ed Vanek.

      Pioneers:  Clarence (Boots) Kren, Joan Griep, Len Mroszak, Lolly Tschida (Fowser), Duane Perrizo and John Wandmacher (dec).

The annual Bowler's Recognition dinner will be held at The Prom Center in Oakdale on Sunday Oct 29th 2006


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