Diandra Asbaty bringing color to Beat the Champions target show
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media December 6, 2013 11:55PM
Updated: December 7, 2013 10:54PM
Diandra Asbaty adds a hometown face to the color during the television broadcast of Beat the Champions.
Contest week for the 53rd BTC ended Saturday for league bowlers.
Next is the traditional Christmas Day TV broadcast of the target scores (11 a.m., CSN). Reigning U.S. Open champions Liz Johnson and Wes Malott will set the target at Suburbanite Bowl in Westmont.
‘‘Being from the Chicagoland area, I’m very familiar with BTC and am honored to have a part in it this year,’’ said Asbaty, a native of Dyer, Ind.
She will provide the color next to BTC broadcast veteran Jan Schmidt.
‘‘It will be a fun show, and I am determined to shed more light onto an already interesting lineup,’’ said Asbaty, who knows both pros. ‘‘My role will be to create depth within the event by digging up interesting facts.’’
Asbaty was Bowlers Journal International Amateur Bowler of the Year four times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006) and was inducted into the World Bowling Hall of Fame in 2005 and named World Bowler of the Year in 2007.
‘‘I bring experience from a professional level with an approachable attitude,’’ she said. ‘‘I hope listeners can relate to me no matter what their bowling background is.’’
That shows she understands the nature of BTC as a handicapped event for all league bowlers. In the first 52 years the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association and the Sun-Times co-sponsored BTC, 5,681,134 entries raised $2,776,374.70 for charity.
Asked if she wanted a high-scoring target show, Asbaty replied, ‘‘I think the higher, the better. Everyone loves to see strikes thrown on TV.’’
Interesting she made that point since Tennelle Grijalva set the women’s high game (276) and series (758) in 2000 the last time the targets were set at Suburbanite Bowl.
The top prize for both the men’s and women’s champions at the finals in March is a Ford automobile from the Chicagoland Ford Dealers.