The three-day event is being held at Warpath Lanes and kicked off Monday with practice and a pro am where, according to Sam Zurich — the PBA South Region manager — amateurs could come out and bowl alongside the professionals.
“It's quite an endeavor to bring the event to the center. It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort,” Zurich said.
Dennis and Beverley Lane are the owners of Warpath Lanes, and Dennis competed in the event.
“We're grateful the bowlers turned up and hope they all enjoy it,” Beverley said on Tuesday. “They seem to. This is the fourth year we've held (the event) and it seems to be going well.”
On Tuesday, 37 bowlers hit the lanes, bowling eight games across eight pairs of lanes with the top 10 bowlers advancing to the final round on Wednesday. Mark Pickford, who hails from Charlotte, N.C., bowled a perfect score of 300 during the first game on Tuesday.
But at the end of the day, Dale Csuhta from Wadsworth, Ohio, who owns eight PBA50 regional titles, led the field with a total pinfall of 1,875.
Coming in a close second was Pickford with 1,863 pins down and Darryl Bower in third with 1,824 pins down. Bill Muse of Johnson City placed ninth with 1,754 pins down.
On Wednesday, the top 10 bowlers will begin a 10 game round-robin match at 9 a.m. with the top four players advancing to a stepladder roll-off. The top 16 bowlers will receive cash prizes. The winner is projected to receive $2,000.
The PBA super senior division consists of bowlers age 60 and older, and this week's event is a regional tournament. From here, many of the bowlers will head down to New Port Richey, Fla., for the first national event of the 2017 season: the PBA60 Killer “B” Open.
Other local bowlers competing in the three-day event included Ken Waters of Kingsport, Larry Graybeal of Elizabethton and James Souder of Greeneville. Veterans such as Tom Baker and George Pappas were also on hand for the event.
Baker, from King, N.C., is one of the PBA's most prolific champions in the 60-plus age category, racking up 24 national tour titles, 34 regional tour titles and a PBA and USBC (United States Bowling Congress) hall of famer.
Pappas, from Charlotte, N.C., is a PBA hall of famer, 10-time PBA Tour titlist and one of seven players to win a PBA title in five different decades.