The final round of the PBA Central Region Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Open was held on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Anderson, IN. The tournament was well represented with 82 entrants. While a vast majority of the bowlers participating are unknown, there were several PBA stars in attendance. Some of the PBA greats taking part in the tournament were Ronnie Russell, Tom Smallwood, Eugune McCune, Chris Loschetter, Brian Valenta and Dick Allen. While the PBA bowlers made the competition tough, there was nobody better than Craig Nidiffer on Sunday.
All 82 entrants in the PBA Central Region Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Open were able to bowl eight games of qualifying on the first day of the tournament. After the conclusion of the qualifying round, the field was cut to the top 16 bowlers. These 16 bowlers took part in another round of bowling consisting of 12 games. After the 20 total games were bowled, only the top four bowlers would make it to the championship round.
Craig Nidiffer was able to safely advance past the qualifying round by averaging 211.75 in his eight game, which was good enough for 8th place. Nidiffer was then able to step up the average for the tournament to 215.5 after the second round, which advanced him to the top of the standings. Since Nidiffer was at the top of the standings heading into the championship round, he was automatically entered in the title match. Craig got to watch Chris Loschetter lose to Ronnie Russell in the semifinal match 203-158 to set up the title match. Nidiffer continued what he was doing the entire tournament and was able to take down Russell by the score of 243-215.
When you have so many great bowlers entered in a tournament, you expect one of them to find a way to win the title. Bowling is such an unpredictable sport, and this is seen every week on the PBA Regional Tour. I do not know anything about Craig Nidiffer, but I can safely say that he is a very talented bowler after seeing his performance at this tournament. The PBA Regional Tour is a great way to find out able up and coming bowlers, and I think that Craig Nidiffer has to join the list of bowlers to look out for in the future.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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