HAMMOND | There were four combined Times/Pepsi Classic Class A championships bowling on lanes 19 and 20 during the third day of qualifying at Olympia Lanes.
Mike Kozy, last year's champ, was competing Saturday with two-time champ Mike Kubacki and 1997 champ Bob Kammer, Jr. The group wasn't intimidated at all by each other's presence, because they bowl together as a team in a Tuesday night league.
"You're not going to have some bozo bring out a dull ball and burn up our shot (with this group)," Kammer, Jr. said. "Everyone pretty much understands that we want to keep the lanes as long as possible for us."
Kozy and Kubacki matched each other shot for shot in game three until the 10th frame. Kubacki, also the reigning Times/Pepsi Masters tournament champion, left the seven pin on his first ball.
Kozy went on to bowl a perfect 300 while Kubacki finished with a 278.
"The camaraderie, even though you're bowling head to head, we have a good bunch and there's motivation there," Kozy said.
Kozy, the general manager at Olympia, was bowling with a knee injury and less than a week after burying his father Joseph.
"That (300 game) was for my dad," Kozy said.
Kubacki finished with a 768 series, while Kammer Jr. rolled a 776. Kozy turned in the top score in Class A, thus far, with an 846. The score marks a personal best for Kozy.
The cut was at 731 heading into Saturday's round of qualifying.
"If I get in (to the semifinals), it'll be barely," Kubacki said. "I may have to see what the scores look like on (May) 18 and see what I can do."
Highland High School bowler Tyler Trombetta shared the same lanes with Kozy, Kubacki and Kammer. The teen held his own with a 744 series.
Tournament Director Don Rodkin said entries are up, with 150 more registrations in the first weekend this year than in 2013. The final two days of qualifying will be May 17 and 18.