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Striking up a good time

Whether you average gutter balls each frame or a straight shot down the lane for strikes, it won’t limit the amount of fun to be had Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in a bowling tournament at Jack’s House in Brainerd.

Hosted by the Brainerd-Baxter Bowling Association, the tournament is a prelude to the Good Samaritan Bowl in May, with winners of Saturday’s tournament offered a chance to bowl with professional bowler and Hall of Famer, Parker Bohn III, during May’s signature event.

“Saturday’s tournament is really a way to get people excited and to get people thinking ahead to the Good Samaritan Bowl in a few months,” said Greg Anderson, a volunteer bowling coach at Brainerd High School. “If we can use this tournament (on Saturday) to draw even more bowlers of all ages out, it will only continue to reinforce what the Brainerd-Baxter Bowling Association is trying to do; grow the game of bowling in the Brainerd-Baxter lakes area.”

With two different tournament levels in Scratch (bowlers who average 200 or more) and Classic (bowlers who average less than 200), each bowler will have a chance to bowl five games with the top qualifier moving on to the next round. The winner from each group will then get to play against Parker Bohn III in May.

“We’re very excited to have Parker Bohn up here and I think people at the tournament Saturday will be excited to have a chance to bowl an entire game with him come May,” said Anderson.

Cost to play in the tournament is $25 and space is limited with check-in beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Greg Anderson at (218) 828-4197.

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