Page ex­cited about set­ting men’s tar­get

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY DALE BOW­MAN For the Sun-Times

Rhino Page will be com­ing in a day early to set the men’s tar­get score for the 58th Beat the Cham­pi­ons.

‘‘One of my stu­dents [Daniel Han­son] goes to school at Robert Mor­ris,’’ Page said. ‘‘I am go­ing to work with him at wher­ever they prac­tice. He is meet­ing me at the air­port, and we are tak­ing the train in.’’

Con­test week for BTC, the Chicagoland

Bowl­ing Pro­pri­etors As­so­ci­a­tion’s char­ity event, be­gins Sun­day and runs through Satur­day. The Sun-Times is the me­dia spon­sor for BTC.

This will be the first time Page and Liz Kuh­lkin (women) will set the tar­get scores in BTC. The tar­get broad­cast, which will be recorded at Rolling Lanes in Coun­try­side, will air on Christ­mas on NBC Sports Chicago.

Asked whether he’d ap­proach the tar­get show as a fun time or a se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion, Page said of other char­ity events: ‘‘Most of the time, it is al­ways a great time. But I am al­ways caught in be­tween. You never get the PBA juices go­ing, but you cer­tainly don’t want to stink up the place.’’

Page, a 35-year-old left-han­der, has done well enough on the PBA Tour to have six ti­tles. The sixth came when he beat Jakob But­turff 256-222 to win the 2017 U.S. Open. Win­ners of the U.S. Open are in­vited to set the tar­get scores for BTC.

If you won­der where the name ‘‘Rhino’’ comes from, Page said he was given that nickname by his T-ball coach for his in­ten­sity.

The men’s and women’s cham­pi­ons in the BTC fi­nals in March will win a cash prize of $7,500. But the real money is the more than $2.8 mil­lion raised for char­ity in BTC’s first 57 years.

Rhino Page

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