Todd Book, of Wapakoneta, rolls the ball down the lane Saturday during the Moon City Classic benefitting the Auglaize County Special Olympics at Astro Lanes. (Staff photo/William Laney)
The third annual Moon City Classic provided plenty of excitement in the finals.
Kyle Troup, of Taylorsville, N.C., bowled his way up all the way from the No. 4 spot to win against Eugene McCune, of Munster, Ind., to win first place.
A total of 41 bowlers entered the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Central Region Event held at Astro Lanes from Friday through Sunday in Wapakoneta.
The Auglaize County Special Olympics program uses the event to raise funds. The event has turned out to be its largest fundraiser.
A 50-50 drawing and silent auction were held over the weekend, and Special Olympics organizer David Axe said it was won of their best events yet.
“We raised somewhere between $4,500 and $5,000 over the weekend,” Axe said. “We had a lot more items donated.”
Axe said athletes were aggressive in getting donations for the silent auction, and it resulted in many more items to raise money. A gas grill, new bicycle and iPods were among some of the larger bill items available.
“We have entry fees and hotel rooms to pay for,” Axe said. “We buy uniforms for the teams. It takes about $15,000 for all of that so this is a big percentage of that.”
The athletes also got the chance to bowl in a Special Olympics Pro-Am on Friday before the main event started.
“The athletes get the chance to be one-on-one with a professional bowler and talk to them and get autographs,” Axe said. “It is a really good time for them and the pro bowlers seem to enjoy that and look forward to it.”
Of the 41 bowlers, the top 12 advanced to Sunday by total pinfall over eight games. The top 12 then bowled against every bowler one time, with the winner of each match receiving a bonus 30 pins for winning each separate match. The top four advanced to the championship round, with the fourth-place bowler bowling against the third-place bowler, the winner going against second place, and then the winner taking on the top bowler for the championship.
Troup bowled his way up all the way from the fourth spot to win the top spot against McCune. Patrick Dombrowski, of Parma, and Joshua Conner, of Columbus, finished third and fourth, respectively.
Plenty of local bowlers were in the event, including Anthony Kennard and Todd Book, of Wapakoneta, and University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) bowler Chandler Stevens. Stevens and Kennard made the cut of 12.
“I am extremely happy with how the event turned out,” said Dave Jeanneret, one of the co-owners of the bowling alley. “We were happy with how well it went, especially for our first time hosting the event. There were a lot of volunteers from the Special Olympics and they helped everything go very smoothly.”
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