Ziesig tops Bohn in Forest Hill final



In the finals of yesterday's Forest Hill Lanes Open, Brian Ziesig found himself bowling against the same man he played his first pro-am tournament with - Parker Bohn III.

Ziesig dealt Bohn his only loss of the tournament in Harford County, 248 to 200, to win his second Professional Bowlers Association East Region title of the season, his sixth career regional win.

After throwing a "bad shot" in the first frame, the 14th-seeded Ziesig, of Levittown, N.Y., bowled six consecutive strikes, while top-seeded Bohn of Jackson, N.J., struggled to make the ball break the way he wanted.

"Anytime you bowl against Parker, you know if you give him an opening that he'll walk through it," Ziesig, 31, said. "He had as good a game as I did. I just outscored him because he was having problems with that left lane carrying."

The tournament had the largest showing of its three-year history, with 192 registered bowlers. Based on combined pinfall in Saturday's eight-game qualifying round, the top 32 finishers advanced to yesterday's elimination bracket.

A best-of-five-game set and two best-of-three-game sets were followed by match play in the semifinal and final rounds.

Bel Air native Tim Criss was one of the final eight bowlers in the tournament, but fell to Ryan Shafer, 39, of Horseheads, N.Y., in a best-of-three series.

"I made a wrong guess," Criss, 39, said of his final. "I tried to move right and try to get a little bit closer to where Ryan was playing the lanes, and it just didn't look right."


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