As of Thursday, Oct. 11, the tournament field for the PBA Southwest Region Young & Pratt Austin Open has been finalized. The tournament is set to begin on Saturday, Oct. 13, and features some of the best bowlers that the PBA has to offer. The PBA greats certainly have to be the favorites heading into the tournament, so it will be interesting to watch to see how they fare against the rest of the field.
The top stars taking part in the PBA Southwest Region Young & Pratt Austin Open include Mike Scroggins, Wes Malott, Dino Castillo and Nathan Bohr. These are easily four of the best bowlers in the world and they have all had great success on the PBA Tour. Two other interesting entrants are Chris Hibbitts and Clara Guerrero. Guerrero is one of the best female bowlers in the world, but she does not compete against the men in the PBA too often. Hibbitts is not a bowler many people would know, but he has proven that he can beat some of the best bowlers on the Regional Tour each week. While I would consider these six bowlers to be the favorites heading into the tournament, anything can happen when you have 58 talented bowlers competing in one tournament on the Regional Tour.
If I had to pick a winner of this tournament, I would probably go with Nathan Bohr or Mike Scroggins. Wes Malott is probably the most talented bowler in the field, but he does not have the same amount of success on the Regional Tour as Bohr and Scroggins. Mike Scroggins seems to make the championship round in every Regional Tour tournament that he enters, and anything can happen in the final round. Nathan Bohr had won the last three Regional Tour tournaments that he entered until last week, and he is currently having a better year in the southwest region than any other bowler. I would be shocked if one of the great PBA bowlers does not make the championship round, but I am sure that will be a surprise bowler or two also. That is what makes the PBA Regional Tour so interesting, and the PBA Southwest Region Young & Pratt Austin Open looks like it is guaranteed to be a great one.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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