Seven professional bowlers will be in Oak Ridge on Saturday for a clinic at Oak Ridge Bowling Center.
The bowlers will include Jason Belmonte, the number one bowler in the world, said Craig Porter, general manager of the Oak Ridge Bowling Center. The bowlers will also include E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash, Ronnie Russell, Dominic Barrett, Tommy Jones, and Bill O’Neil.
The players are arriving Thursday and Friday. The clinic is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It will provide access to professionals for seven hours, Porter said. The seven hours will include five hours of on-lane instruction and one hour of classroom instruction. There will also be an hour lunch.
The cost of the clinic is $400 per person. It will include the catered lunch, a ball of your choice, and autographs and photos, Porter said.
It’s a fundraiser for junior gold bowling youth to go to Dallas next year. The Oak Ridge Bowling Center had six kids go to Indianapolis last year and has 13 going to Cleveland this year, Porter said.
The clinic will include information on how to practice smarter and help with form and technique, Porter said. Thirty-one people have signed up and paid, and the class size is limited to the first 45. If you’re interested, you can call Porter for more information at (865) 403-9204.
Porter said bowlers have been in Nashville, just three hours away, for a bowl expo, the nation’s largest bowling trade show.
The clinic in Oak Ridge on Saturday will be the first time pros from different brands have assembled together in the same clinic in the United States, Porter said.