Astro Lanes readies for PBA bowlers

The inaugural G.A. Wintzer & Son Classic PBA Central Region Tournament will have some local flavor.
When the professional bowling tour stop kicks off tomorrow, three Wapakoneta bowlers will be in the mix after their results in qualifying tournaments.
The event opens Friday afternoon with a practice session from 2:30 to 4:30 and a Pro-Am tournament at 7.
The tournament begins Saturday with two shifts of bowlers playing eight games apiece. The top 12 scores from the two shifts will advance to the final round robin, which begins Sunday at 10 a.m.
All sessions are open to the public.
According to the entry list posted on the PBA Web site — — 52 bowlers have entered the event. But Astro Lanes owner Denny Borgert expects that number to rise before Friday.
“The goal was 60 for the first year,” Borgert said.
Among the entries is Wapakoneta High School senior Anthony Kennard. Kennard was a member of the Redskins’ state runner-up bowling team in the spring.
Kennard finished 16th individually in the state tournament as a junior.
Former Redskins bowler Daniel Ruck also qualified, as did Wapak resident Mike Moore.
Mason Brantley leads the Central region points, followed by Nick Kokenos, Jeff Zaffino, Troy Stus and Brett Spangler.
Of the top five, all but Stus have entered the tournament already.
There will be a chicken dinner Friday from 4-7:30 to benefit the Auglaize County Special Olympics, which is the official charity of the event.
Borgert said more than 600 dinners have been sold so far.