Northwest Indiana Junior Tournament
Porter County Open
Catie Bales Earns First Title with 2nd Game Comeback
Highland star stops tour's hottest player, Kelly Belzeski, in exciting
Lake Central senior Kelly Belzeski was in search of her second consecutive NWIJTPA title and
the only girl standing in her way was Highland senior Catie Bales and after one game in the two
game finale, Belzeski had a seemingly comfortable 196-182 lead. However, Bales took
advantage of the format and closed the second game with six consecutive strikes to complete a
stunning and dramatic 395-345 comeback victory. The Porter County Open title was Bales first
NWIJTPA win netting her $160 in scholarship earnings.
The field of 19 girls was cut to six after six games of qualifying on a very difficult Boone Grove
Wolf pattern that measured 47 feet. Joining Bales and Belzeski in the match-play finals were
Bobby Kammer has bowled very well in both of the first NWIJTPA 2013-14 events but had yet
been able to followup on his 2012-13 season ending Tour Championships victory until now.
Kammer qualified in the #2 position with a 1,220 (one of only 3 players in the 40-person field
to go plus) then recovered from a 30+ pin deficit in his semi-final match against Valparaiso
Open champion Dustin Zehner to advance with a 399-391 win, before dismantling Adam
Batliner in a tight finale 401-390. Kammer collected $175 for his tour win.
Other finalists included Munster's Tyler Hansen, Highland's Jacob Santos, and Chesterton's
Matt Ozimek. Batliner was the top seed firing 1,231 while Santos was 3rd with a 1,204.
Junior Gold spots were awarded to Tyler Hansen, Mark Childress, and Jeffry Severson (U15).
In all, over $1,050 was awarded and/or placed into the scholarship fund of the bowlers with
nearly $200 being generated from the event 50/50 and ball raffles. Thanks for the support.
Kouts' Erin Drang, Highland's Lindsey Norton, and a pair of Lake Central Indians Laura Levander and Caroline Dienes. Belzeski lead the
qualifying field with a 1,168 followed by Dienes' 1,085. First round matches saw Bales edge her teammate Norton by a single pin 344-343 and
Levander taking down Drang 319-267. In the semi-finals Belzeski retired Levander while Bales took out Dienes.
Junior Gold spots were awarded to Caitlin Fortner and Amanda McCormack.
Kammer Gets Second Title at Porter County Open
Merrillville Senior takes down Highland sensation Adam Batliner in
exciting two-game finale