New pro shop manager making himself at home at Landmark Lanes
It didn’t take long for Tony Schnack to make a good first impression as a bowler at Landmark Lanes.
Shortly after moving down from Rockford, he rolled his 10th career 300 game while subbing in the Calumet League.
But his real mission at Landmark is to run a successful pro shop, which was vacated during the COVID shutdown.
Schnack is the new manager of the BowlersMart Pro Shop, which is now part of the BowlersMart national chain.
“I worked part time at the BowlersMart in Rockford at Don Carter Lanes,” he said. “I worked there for five years, and drilled balls part time.
“And then they asked me to be the manager of the pro shop down here in Peoria, and I said yes.”
It’s the first time Schnack has been the head of a pro shop, but he has an extensive background in the sport.
He started bowling when he was 13, living in Minnesota.
“That was not really a league structure or anything, it was more for fun,” Schnack said. “Then I got into a league just before high school, and that kind of made me fall in love with the whole thing.”
His game started to improve while he was on his high school team, but really started to grow when Schnack bowled for Rock Valley Community College in Rockford.
“In college, you get on the sport patterns, and you’ve got to learn how to open up your angles and change your angles to score,” he said. “That was what really developed my game and started me on the path of where I am today.”
Schnack, 36, has a degree in operations management from Northern Illinois.
Prior to the COVID shutdown, Schnack was averaging around 220. He is on the Radical staff, which is one of the Brunswick brands.
He opened the pro shop about a month ago, and has been fairly busy so far. And the area bowlers have given him a good welcome.
“Every time someone comes in they can’t believe how good it looks, how much more inventory we have and how great the store looks,” he said.
Schnack’s next order of business is to put up the signs for the pro shop to let people know it is there at Landmark.
“As far as I know, the signs are on order,” he said.
Masters honor score
With just two weeks left in the first third, the Perfect Angle Pro Shop/Bill Mastronardi Masters league finally had a perfect game.
Andy Stone of the Mt. Hawley Bowl team opened the night with games of 279 and 300 in a 784 series at Mt. Hawley to help his team take over first place in a very tight race.
Gary Strait also had a big Game 2, with a 299 game in a 781 set for the Johnson Accounting team. But it came in a 36-14 loss to T-Shirt House.
There had been four 299s and a 298s rolled in the league prior to Stone’s 300.
Stone teamed with Adam Johnson, Chad Barnes and Joe Robards to a 33-17 win over Sunset Lanes, which put the team in first place with a 265-185 record.
Mt. Hawley is the fourth different team to lead the league in the past five weeks. It is only 23 points ahead of Potter’s Alley, which is in sixth place.
PBA on TV
The PBA Playoffs continue at 4.p.m. on Sunday on FS1, featuring some Midwest players.
In the final Round of 24 session, the four matches will be No. 15 seed Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., vs. A.J. Johnson of Oswego; Darren Tang of Las Vegas vs. Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Brad Miller of Kansas City, Mo. vs. Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; and Tom Smallwood of Flushing, Mich., vs. PBA Hall of Fame bowler Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.
The final event on the PBA Tour for 2020 will have a second set of Round of 16 matches at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. The quarterfinals are set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, followed immediately by the semifinals and finals at 3 p.m. on FS1.
Johnny Campos is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.