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Matt O'Grady and Andrew Anderson, two of bowling's biggest winners this year, will compete in the Professional Bowlers Association Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North, on Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5.

O'Grady, 31, of Rahway, New Jersey, earned his first PBA title by winning the PBA Tournament of Champions in February, while Anderson, 23, of Holly, Michigan, captured the United States Bowling Congress Masters in April.

O'Grady advanced from a pre-tournament qualifier to win one of the PBA's major tournaments and collect the $50,000 top prize. O'Grady did it the hard way. He became the first bowler to win four stepladder matches since Dave D'Entremont in 1996.

The right-hander defeated B.J. Moore, Jason Belmonte and Andrew Anderson to reach the final against seven-time PBA champ Jesper Svensson, who he beat 207-193 for the title.

Anderson topped a field of 360 bowlers to earn the $30,000 top prize in April. Anderson, the 2014 Collegiate Rookie of the Year in 2014, also won the Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open earlier this year.

Other PBA players entered in the regional tournament include Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, New York, who has won two of his four regional titles in York (2014 and 2017). Pepe has one national PBA title, the PBA Cheetah Championship in 2014.

Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, owns two PBA titles and 13 regional titles. He captured the Wolf Open in 2016 and the Scorpion Open in 2013.

PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, a familiar competitor in York, continues to look for his first PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open title.

A practice session for the PBA players will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Friday, and the pro-am event will be held at 7 p.m.  Anyone interested in entering the pro-am should call Colony Park Lanes North.

Eight-game qualifying sessions are 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The top 16 players advance to match play, which begins at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The first round of match play features the ninth through 16th qualifiers competing in best-of-three-game series. Then the winners bowl the first through eighth qualifiers in best-of-three series. In the semifinals, the four winners face off in one game. The two winners advance to the championship match.

First place is projected to pay $2,500. All the sessions on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public.

Reach Barry Sparks at sports@yorkdispatch.com. This story was provided by the York County Bowling Proprietors Association.

        

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