LIHU’E – Gene Bruihl of Petaluma, Calif. pocketed the $2,000 grand prize purse
of the First Rice Shopping Center PBA Western Regional Open bowling tournament
that concluded Tuesday afternoon following two days of match play at the Lihu’e
Bruihl, who qualified for match play with 2039 pins, ended
the tournament with a 4806 pin count, bowling 1308 in the first block and
adding 1189 in the second block.
Marv Sargent of Temecula, California
picked up the second place prize of $1200 with a 4721 pin count, and Tim Paul,
Jr. of Gilbert, Arizona was third with a 4704 pin count.
Darryl Izumo of
Lihu’e who finished fourth overall, was the first Kaua`i finisher with a 4685
pin count following the tournament.
Izumo qualified with a 1996 pin count
and picked up 1185 pins in the first block and 1279 pins in the second block.
He pocketed $700 in prize money.
Jason Hurd of Visalia, California
followed at fifth, Tony Reyes of San Jose, California at sixth, and Kaua’i’s
Joe Young, Sr., who topped the Kaua’i bowlers following the qualifying round,
ended in seventh place.
Lihue’s Vance Akyama of Lihue was ninth, and Ron
Silva, Jr., of Lihue who also enjoyed a high qualifying round, was
The tournament kicked off on Sunday with a Budweiser ProAm event
highlighted with a Pro Am party that was enjoyed by the off-island bowlers,
Izumo said the organizers were definitely excited about the
event, and are looking forward to having another one next year.
was sponsored by Mokihana Travel, Ventures Associates, Inc., Thrifty Car
Rental, Al Villanueva, Leonor’s Formal Wear, Tamashiro Contracting, Cy
Gushikuma, Oahu Air Conditioning, Al Tomas & family, M. Niau Construction,
Air Kaua’i Helicopters, Kaua’i Beverage & Ice Cream.
sponsorships came from Tire Warehouse, Koa Trading Company, Spud Olivas,
Deguchi family, Big Save, Inc., Shimazu’s Hair Design, Gaspro, Joe Young, Sr.,
Roadrunner Bakery & Cafe, Midpac Auto Center, KENKO-2 & Mike Sukehira,
Kaua’i Freight Service, Inc., and Thomas Yano, Attorney at Law.