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!!
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!
The final episode as I get ready for the PBA Summer Swing. The fun starts with a practice session today at AMF Waukesha from 2-4pm, qualifying Monday ad hopefully some Match Play on Tuesday. Get the entire schedule and your tickets to watch and Pro-Am information...click here.
Here is a break down of what is going on the next few weeks...
Your first chance to throw with the "Greatest Bowlers In The World" is this Sunday, May 19th at AMF Waukesha for the PBA Badger Pro Am.
Cost to Bowl: $25 Kids / Seniors $50 Adults
Cost to Watch: $10 For PBA Badger Pro Am information...click here.
Sunday, May 26th AMF Bowlero hosts Essential Bowling Concepts, 2013 Youth Challenge Series SUPER CLASSIC and PBA Bear Pro Am!
2013 Youth Challenge Series Super Classic
Cost to Bowl:
Scratch - $64.00 Includes $20 Scholarship Prize Fund Fee Add $6 Late Fee if paid after 5/23
TV finals will be taped for June Telecast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
The top finisher in each division will advance to the television taping, where they will be paired up with a PBA Tour Brunswick Pro Staff Bowler to bowl for BONUS merchandise awards!
Youth Challenge Series Director Phil Brylow said, "This tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have youth bowlers pair up on TV with some of the best bowlers in the world! How many people dream of having a Sean Rash, or a Walter Ray Williams, Jr., or a Tom Hess or Tom Smallwood pair up with them for a doubles tournament? Well, now here is the chance for six bowlers who make the Time Warner Cable Sports 32 finals."
The journey has been filled with LOTS of up's and down's but either way I'm working harder than ever before thanks to USBC Coaches Dwight Albrecht and Phil Brylow. I even have a personal trainer in my corner. Former PBA Champ and fitness guru Johnny DiSantis has been training me with bowling specific workouts and let me tell you... IT'S WORKING!
I've been asking everyone and their mother for advice on how to handle this venture and the majority of people are saying, just get out there and start working hard. Well, I have been! From working on my physical game, which has been transformed by the way, with the help and patience of USBC CoachesDwight Albrecht and Phil Brylow to actually doing bowling specifc workouts with former PBA Champion and fitness guru Johnny Di Santis.
So, this past weekend I had tournament action in Madison, WI at Bowl-A-Vard for a PBA Sweeper and the right to compete in an upcoming Regional Tournament. How'd I do... Not well! PBA Shark Pattern gave me a hard time all night and I couldn't find my game to save my life!
My road to the PBA Summer Swing continues and I'm feeling great! Work continues on my physical game and found that my aresnal is a little lacking. After trips to Holler House in Milwaukee, WI and Stardust Bowl III in Dyer, Indiana have made me realize that THIS can't be done with just one ball! Find out what coaches Dwight Albrecht and Phil Brylow have to say about it and see where I'm at this week!
Under going extensive training and USBC coaching from fellow co-host Dwight Albrecht and contributor Phil Brylow to try to make a run at Professional Bowlers Tour.
Lemme give you some background on my love for the sport..(Yes, IT IS a sport!)
I grew up just over the border in Mundelein, IL, a stones throw away from Mundelelin Lanes (now Lakeside Lanes) where my parents and I bowled leagues and where I got my first job as a lad.
When I wasn't cleaning up the bowling alley or dealing with a lane problems, I'd be bowling, ALOT! Part of my pay, FREE BOWLING! How could you NOT take advantage?
At one point, it was suggested that I try to make it on the Professional Bowlers Tour. At that same time the wonderful world radio entered my life and I chose radio instead of chasing my dreams of the PBA...UNTIL NOW!!