Chalk up another top-five finish for PBA great Marshall Holman.
The “Medford Meteor” was talked into returning to the lanes this season for the first time in almost 10 years, and then was convinced to bowl in the Oregon State Tournament.
The result was a third-place finish in all events, just 22 pins shy of the winner.
Holman, now 61, made 105 TV finals and won 22 titles during his Hall of Fame Professional Bowlers Association career.Marshall Holman shows classic form on his way to winning the 1976 Firestone Tournament of Champions.
He was only planning on bowling the team event initially. Things went well for him individually, but not so much for the team.
“I shot 790 in team event, and our team shot 2,971,” Holman said. “We had some less than stellar play!”
But he had no desire to bowl doubles and singles, even after his big start in the team event. After some prodding from a longtime friend, Holman finally relented.
“I was never scheduled to bowl all events,” he said. “There’s a guy out here named Jerome Lee, whose brother Ed Lee bowled on tour for a while. Jerome’s been a great player here in Oregon. He’s 80 now, and I think he was the all-time leading money winner in senior high rollers. His wife, Nina, called me and said, ‘Marshall, you have to bowl the doubles and singles. You can win all events.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, whatever.’
“The three of us have been friends since I was 14,” Holman continued. “And Nina is the kind of person you can’t say no to, so you’re better off just saying yes. So I told her I would bowl with Jerome if she could find an open spot, because there were just a couple of weekends left in the tournament.”
She ended up finding a spot for them to bowl, and Holman added a 693 in doubles and a 662 in singles.
Holman and Jerome Lee finished in 16th place out of 114 teams in the scratch doubles division with a 1,323. Holman’s 662 singles score placed 44th out of 273 scratch singles entries, and was a pin better than the score of both Jerome Lee and another PBA great from the northwest, Dave Husted.Marshall Holman made a splash in the Oregon state tournament this season after a few years away from the lanes.
But Holman’s success in the tournament didn’t exactly fuel the fire for him to shoe up and bowl in some of the PBA50 events.
“When I bowl, I feel like I throw two or three good shots in three games,” said Holman, who averaged 224 for the league season. “It doesn’t feel comfortable anymore. It just doesn’t flow.
“My release is not what it used to be, but it’s hard to miss the pocket. Shooting 790 in the Oregon State team event does not get my juices flowing to make me want to bowl against the best senior players. That’s ludicrous.”
But it would be something bowling fans from coast to coast would probably love to see.