Smith bowls over the field

Robert Smith loves coming to Kaua’i, especially around late April when it comes time for the Professional Bowlers Association West/Northwest Rice Shopping Center Open.

And it’s not a far trip for Smith, as the Big Island native captured his second title, yesterday at the Lihu’e Bowling Center.

Besides the towering, shiny trophy, Smith took home $2,000 cash for the win.

Smith, the No. 14 seed in the 16-player final round, took out No. 3 seed Mike Kanada, No. 6 seed Jon Brandon, No. 10 seed Ben Laughlin, and No. 9 seed Jim Pratt in the final.

Smith compiled a 215.72 tournament average and a 7-3 record. He utilized a strong 235 game to oust Pratt, who managed to bowl a 190 in the finale.

Kaua’i’s lone entrant into the round of 16, Kapa’a’s Randy Iloreta (No. 11 seed), fell to No. 6 seed Jon Brandon, who bowled games of 237, 194, 211, compared to Iloreta’s 172, 145, 149.

Other round of 16 contestants included Tony Reyes, Don Allen III, Bob Markiewicz, Rich Corwin, Chad Pojas, Corey Husted, Mar Sargent, Dave Arnold, Paul Smith, and Jordan Groenlund.

Round of 16 players earned $600, round of eight individuals pocketed $750, round of four athletes picked up $950, and round of two bowlers garnered $1,200.

Daryl Izuma of the Lihu’e Bowling Center hosted the players and their families to a traditional lu’au on Sunday, which was preceded by a pro-am event.

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