HAMMOND | Bryant Bohlin was unique in his approach Monday in the pro-am warm up for this week's South Shore Senior PBA Open at Olympia Lanes.
The Hammond resident uses a two-handed technique that drew the attention of the professionals in the house. Pro or not, Bohlin was only one bowler in the 3 p.m. squad using both hands.
"It's pretty awesome that they're so (accessible). They're normal people," Bohlin said. "They'll sit down and have a conversation with you for hours and hours."
Dennis Lane was the first to approach Bohlin to give him some advice on his form.
Bohlin, who began using the two hands less than a year ago after injuring his wrist, shared the lanes in his next game with bowling royalty: Walter Ray Williams Jr.
"Walter Ray came over and kind of adjusted me a little bit and I started striking," Bohlin said. "He told me I had the game to do it two-handed."
Williams was behind only Earl Anthony as second-best in history on the PBA's 50 Greatest Bowlers of All Time list released in 2009.
At one point, Williams jokingly told Bohlin he'd "show him up" and bowled a frame two-handed. He left the six-pin.
Sammy Ventura was the next expert to pass along a few suggestions.
"(Ventura) said 'If you're just switching, you're doing phenomenal,'" Bohlin said. "He said I have a lot of stuff to still work on, but if I work on it I'll be good."
Michael Shelton II, of Dolton, was also part of Bohlin's group. Shelton said he was just there to have fun and catch a glimpse of the pros.
"It was nice, bowling with Walter," Shelton said. "I was just trying to make a good shot and not look bad."
The tour stop will extend through the week, with qualifying rounds today and Wednesday and match play Thursday.
Participating locals include Valparaiso's Richard Hunt, Crown Point resident Bill Idzior, Griffith's Rick Woloszyn and Hammond native and tour regular Kenny Parks.