Brian Himmler of Cincinnati today will try to win a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event at Hawthorn Lanes for the second year in a row. Himmler advanced to the championship round of the PBA Chicago Open with a 4-2 victory Friday over Michael Fagan of Greenlawn.
Himmler won the PBA Miller High Life Open in Vernon Hills last season for his second career title. He used a 300 in game three on the way to defeating Fagan in the best-of-seven match in the round of eight.
"I'd love to win it again," said Himmler. "I feel really comfortable in this house. This year, the conditions are different, but I feel really confident. Good things just seem to happen to me here."
Today, Himmler will face Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., in one semifinal match while 2004 PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson of Garland, Texas, will face Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., in the other. The finalists were decided after three rounds of best-of-seven matches Friday under the new PBA Tournament format.
Brad Angelo of Lockport was eliminated by Voss in a tense seven-game match in the round of 16 (191-154, 256-257, 228-184, 234-237, 212-197, 191-278, 256-213). Voss bowled the maximum 21 games Friday, winning all three of his matches, 4-3.
Angelo had advanced earlier in the day with a 4-1 victory over Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., (247-246, 269-268, 251-223, 204-258, 289-212).
Today's championship round will be shown at 1 p.m. on ESPN.