Three two-time winners of the Olympia Match Game Tournament will be bowling today for an unprecedented third title.
There are 14 past Match Game champions signed up for the two-day bowling tournament that began in 1981. Seventy of Thurston County’s top bowlers will compete.
The two-time champs are Rich Cook, Frank DeRemer and Jimmy Parkhurst.
“One of those guys would like to become the first three-time winner,” said Dick Taylor, a past winner and tournament director. “It’s going to be a competitive tournament.”
Parkhurst, 25, who is from Olympia and came up through the county’s youth program, won last year and also in 2006. There has never been a back-to-back champ.
Bowling starts at noon today at Westside Lanes in Olympia. At 3 p.m., the tournament moves to Aztec Lanes.
On Sunday, the top 24 bowlers from today’s rounds will compete in double-elimination match play starting at 9 a.m. at Tumwater Lanes. The championship match will start at 1 p.m.
Denny Bolton won the first tournament in 1981 and will be competing today.
“Denny’s like the rest of us,” said Taylor, who won the tournament in 2003. “He’s getting older. There’s too many young kids under 50.”
Sunday’s winner will pocket $600.