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Van's PBA Summer Swing Experience 3 - PBA Bear Open from AMF Bowlero Lanes

This was it! The final tournament of my GEICO / PBA Summer Swing experience, the Lucas Oil Bear Open. Because of my outings at the Lucas Oil Badger Open & Lucas Oli Wolf Open, all I had to do was string about 120 strikes together and MAYBE, just maybe, I could of done something.

As you can see from the picture above, that didn't happen. Those guys up there are your Top 5 for TONIGHT's 6pm CBS Sports Network Telecast of the GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Bear Open from AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa, WI.
You can find out more about the telecast and CBS Sports Network...click here.

As for the oil pattern, YES! it was a "bear" but somehow this was my best outing. Maybe it was because I had two other tournaments under me, or maybe it was because I started to pick up spares! I've said it before, I'll say it again... PICK UP YOUR SPARES!!

In the end, I finished 84th outta 100 for the Lucas Oil Bear Open. Overall 80th out of 84 for the Lucas Oil MIlwaukee Open. I'll take it!

It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget! Made some new friends and earned the respect of the guys I grew up watching on TV, even some of the new guys! Who knows, with even more hard work over the summer, maybe I'll be packing my bags and bowling balls for Las Vegas... We'll see! :)

Before I go, a very big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved. I have the best job in the world, blessed to do it and am grateful for my friends and family who supported me along the way! I got to live out a dream or a "what if", if you will.
What if I woulda joined the PBA when I was 18 and not go into radio?
I have my answer now and lemme just say, it's never to late!
Like the "shwoosh"... JUST DO IT!

MOBILE USERS: Click here to WATCH Van's GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Bear Open Tournament Experience.
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Van's PBA Summer Swing Experience 2 - PBA Wolf Open from AMF West Lanes

After my STELLAR outting at the Lucas Oil Badger Open, I took a couple of days to rest, relax and re-group and let me tell you I needed it!

There is this video at PBA.com titled, "What Do You Tell People That Say Bowling Is Not A Sport." In said video, one of the greatest bowlers of our time, and a guy I was paired with during Badger qualifying, Norm Duke says something to the accord of loving bowling so much, you hate it sometimes!

That's how I felt after the physical and mental circus that was Round 1 of the PBA Summer Swing. I know I can bowl, I've made whatever spare a million times, etc, but with the difficult oil pattern, pressure of the situation and the GREATEST bowlers in the world!? You learn LOTS and FAST!!

So, with one tourney in the books, this second tourney should be a peice of cake! Right? You'd think, but these guys are GOOD! And the guys in the picture above are REALLY GOOD! They are your Top 5 for TONIGHT'S, 6pm, CBS Sports Network Telecast of the GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Wolf Open from AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa! To find CBS Sports Network in your area, click here.

How did I do? Well, at least I wasn't last! :) 85th outta 90 for the Lucas Oil Wolf Open.
You can watch my trials and tribulations below... For scores...click here.

MOBILE USERS: Click here to WATCH Van's GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Wolf Open Tournament Experience.

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Van's PBA Summer Swing Experience 1 - PBA Badger Open from AMF Waukesha

A few weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to try and compete against the, "Greatest Bowlers in the World" at AMF Waukesha Lanes in the GEICO / PBA Summer Swing!

I wish I could be saying, "Hey! Watch for me tonight on the CBS Sports Network as I make my Pro Bowler debut on Lucas Oil Badger Open!", but sadly, I didn't make the cut. Didn't even come close! Though the 5 guys above did and will compete for the top spot starting TONIGHT at 6pm on CBS Sports Network. Don't know what channel? Click here to find out!

So what IS it like competing again the, "Greatest Bowlers in the World"? Lemme tell you, I worked so hard on the physical game that my mental game almost fell by the wayside.

PODCAST / LISTEN: You can hear an ENTIRE recap of my experience in the season finale of the Spare/Time Bowling Show...click here.

Bowling with the big names? No problem! Walter Ray Willimas Jr. politely telling me to, "JUST BOWL!" when I was taking to long, I can handle that. Missing spares though, is the death of not just me, but any bowler out there! And when you miss a spare against the big dogs, you're just giving away pins and you keep digging yourself into a hole, a hole that gets big fast if you're not paying attention!

In the end, I took 82nd out of 84th! Took lots away from this first tournament and got ready to do it all again a few days later for the GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Wolf Open at AMF West Lanes. I'll bring that to you next week before the next telecast!

MOBILE USERS: Click here to WATCH Van's GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Badger Open Tournament Experience.

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