Professional bowlers return to Kaua’i, Sunday

Some of the best bowlers in the nation will return to Lihu’e Bowling Center for the annual PBA West/Northwest Regions Rice Shopping Center Open, which bowls from Sunday through Tuesday.

The tournament features a full field of 70 bowlers.

“It’s going to be another great event. Everyone should come down and see some of the best bowlers in the nation,” Lihu’e Bowling Center manager Daryl Izuma said.

Joining defending champion Vayle Floria will be battling PBA Tour Exempt bowlers Robert Smith, Tony Reyes, Ben Laughlin, and Michael Haugen Jr.

Marv Sargent, West Region exempt player for next season, will also be at the event.

Other notables attending include West Region player of the year Dave Arnold, former touring players Ernie Schlegel, Joe Salvemini, and Jim Pratt.

One of the few bowlers in the world to bowl a perfect 900 series, Vince Wood, will also be at the contest.

Locals who earned entries in a qualifier held earlier this month include Kyrin Sasaki, Juni Cacal and John Petrovits.

On Sunday, there will be a practice session for all participants from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a proam at 4:30 p.m., the annual lu’au at 6 p.m., and a rock-n-glow pro-am at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, the tournament begins at 9 a.m., with eight games of qualifying followed by the round of 16, who will be bowling best-of-five game matches.

Tuesday concludes the tournament, with round-of-eight, best-of-three matches at 8 a.m., followed by a round of 4-game matches and the championship match. For more information, contact the Lihu’e Bowling Center, 245-5263.

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