The Kammer name has been a fixture in the Times/Pepsi Classic during the bowling tournament's 64-year history.
Bob Kammer Sr. was a three-time Class A finalist. Bob Kammer Jr. was Class A champ in 1997. Bobby Kammer III finished sixth in Class B last year and has a chance to do something in 2013 at Olympia Lanes that neither his keggling father nor grandfather have done. The Hobart high school junior can win the tournament as a youth bowler.
"I pretty much know what I need to do this year. I've picked up a lot," Kammer III said. "My grandpa qualified a couple times. My Dad won it. It would be nice to have my name next to them."
The 17-year-old comes into the tournament carrying a 209 average. He was the Duneland Conference bowler of the year after advancing to the state tournament as an individual. But in a year that saw region preps dominate Indiana, Kammer was disappointed in his 20th place finish at Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette, though.
"I tried playing a shot that wasn't there," he said. "Other than (the state finals), I'm very happy with my season."
Kammer has the chance to bowl in the Times/Pepsi Classic after a rule change before the 2012 event that allows youth bowlers to participate. Any winnings will go into a bowler's Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins, or SMART, account.
SMART is a USBC program designed to help youth bowlers manage scholarship funds. Kammer, who plans to study to be an automotive technician, hopes to add to the several thousand dollars already in his account.
"I know how to adjust better (than I did last year)," he said. "I've been bowling on more sports shots, not just typical house shots."
The Times/Pepsi Classic begins this weekend and will continue through May, with the semifinals June 2 and the match-play finals June 9.