The KFYR-TV Budweiser Bowling Classic reaches it's third decade this weekend at Midway Lanes in Mandan.
One hundred twenty competitors will begin on Saturday but only five will make the TV show on Sunday. Matt Smallin is the defending champion and Jim Mellon says being a part of the stepladder finals is different than the rest of the tournament.
"Now the sweat comes on you. You're under the lights and pressure. Mom and dad, cousins and friends are watching and you want to win the top prize, $2,000. You want to win that trophy with the bragging rights. It's all involved and these guys are highly respected if they can bring this one home. It is looked at as one of the nicer, bigger, finer tournaments of the area," Mellon said.
Mellon owns and operates Midway Lanes and says most people view bowling as a recreation. But when you get this caliber of competition together it's much more than that.
"Everybody thinks bowling looks like an easy sport. We invite you to come out and try it. They soon chance their tune because you got to have eye-hand coordination. You got to have stability. You got to have athletic legs. You got to have the vision and you got to have to be able to make quick decisions so it's like any other sport when you get to that level you got to bring your A game and that's what they're going to do this weekend," Mellon said.
We invite you to get your Super Bowl Sunday started on NBC North Dakota Sports at 12 p.m. CST as we televise the 30th Annual Bowling Classic in high definition. It will be live on KFYR-TV in Bismarck, KQCD-TV in Dickinson, KUMV-TV in Williston and KMOT-TV in Minot.