After a 2009-10 Tour season in which 12-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Danny Wiseman only competed in a few stops because of personal reasons, he returned to the winner’s circle recently by winning the PBA East Region’s Forest Hill Lanes Open in Forest Hill, Md. in late June.
Wiseman missed most of the season after his mother, Dorothy, suffered a brain aneurism last August that resulted in a coma and a five-month hospital stay. Happily she has made a recovery that has exceeded the expectations of her doctors and now has put Wiseman in a better frame of mind to continue bowling.
“I didn’t pick up a ball for about three months and wasn’t really thinking about bowling,” Wiseman said. “My priorities changed but thankfully everything turned out much better than anyone could have expected.”
A milestone in his mom’s recovery was when she was able to attend the PBA Marathon Open in Wiseman’s hometown of Baltimore in April. She was also able to witness his win in the Forest Hill regional along with a huge crowd of hometown friends and fans.
“I didn’t bowl well in Baltimore but it felt like winning just having my mom there,” Wiseman said. “It was something we never thought would happen six months previous.”
Wiseman is now devoting more attention to getting back into competitive playing shape and plans to be ready for his 21st full season on Tour when the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling begins in October in Las Vegas.
“Since everything has improved at home I was in a better frame of mind to get out and do a lot of practicing,” Wiseman said. “I was actually going to bowl a regional in New Jersey the week before Baltimore but didn’t feel I was ready, so I spent that week practicing more.”
Wiseman won his seventh regional title by topping a field of 118 players that included fellow Tour players Patrick Allen, Bill O’Neill, Mike Fagan and Ryan Ciminelli among others. He had a 12-4 match play record and averaged 212 for the tournament.
O’Neill, who won his first two Tour titles in 2009-10, including the U.S. Open, finished second in the event 46 pins behind Wiseman.
“Winning definitely relit the competitive fire and it felt good to beat some of the younger guys,” Wiseman said. “I still have more work to do to get into tour playing shape but I’m planning to bowl some more regionals and continue practicing to get ready for when the season starts.”
Wiseman, ranked as the 42nd greatest bowler in PBA history as part of the organization’s recent 50th anniversary celebration, was also recently elected to the Maryland State and Baltimore Bowling Halls of Fame. Among his 12 titles was the 2004 USBC Masters in Milwaukee’s Miller Park.