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INDIANAPOLIS -- So will the Professional Bowlers Association regular tour be returning to Northwest Indiana after a successful four-year run from 2005 to 2008?

On Sunday after the finals of the 67th PBA U.S. Open, vice president and director of the PBA Tour, Kirk Von Krueger said it's not out of the realm of possibility.

"We're still working on our schedule," he said. "It's a work in progress."

The tour held four regular stops in the region at three different centers -- Stardust Bowl I in Hammond, which has since closed, Stardust II in Hobart and Olympia Lanes in Hammond last season. The region didn't host an event this year due to the World Series of Bowling (WSOB) taking away multiple tour stops.

The WSOB was a five-week endeavor to start the season held in the Detroit metro area with multiple tourneys being held. The result was a few loyal host centers not being able to hold events, including Olympia Lanes and Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill.

"I got an e-mail from (South Shore Sports director) Jason Sands and I told him if there's a way to do it, I'd love to make it possible. (Northwest Indiana) is a great place for bowling and I'd love to go back."

* Fine with unassuming: As Sunday's ESPN telecast started and the announcers  Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen listed the finalists, they used a pair of monickers to describe tournament leader and eventual runner-up Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

"Captain of the all-anonymous team," Stone said.

"Unassuming," Pedersen added.

Those sound like boring descriptions to be associated with, but the ordinary looking Scroggins is OK with that.

"I'm always the underdog going into matches," the two-time major champion said. "I thrive on that. It helps me sneak up on everybody."

* Local shout out: One of the region's high school bowlers made a sign as a shout out to a friend.

Portage High School bowler David Wilson held up a sign saying, "Happy Birthday Craig Summers -- No. 21" referring to a former Portage High team member.

* Technical difficulties: Every league bowler has dealt with lanes breaking down at times. It happens at PBA host centers, too.

Just one frame into the first match between Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., the right lane broke down with pins falling from the pinsetter. Jones was going up for a shot on the left lane, but had to wait for the problem to be fixed.

Couch joked with Jones, "They're scared of me already boss."


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