PBA legend Carmen Salvino plans to compete in the PBA Tournament of Champions for the final time in 2020, ending a remarkable run at the age of 86.
Salvino, who will make his 30th appearance at the TOC starting Wednesday live on FloBowling, is perhaps the PBA’s greatest showman and continued that reputation when he threw some shade at defending TOC champion Jason Belmonte.
“Last year I had the honor of presenting Jason Belmonte with the TOC trophy for his record-tying 10th major win, but this year I’ll look forward to him giving it to me,” the always confident Salvino said in a PBA release.
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Salvino, who said he doesn’t plan to officially retire from the sport just yet, has bowled in 733 PBA Tour events since competing in the PBA’s inaugural event at the 1959 Empire State Open at Schade’s Academy in Albany, New York.
In preparation for his final TOC appearance, Salvino said he’s been hitting the gym and the lanes.
“I’m working out and getting a lot of practice in, but I’ll admit I’m a little sore,” the Chicago native said. “That just means I’ve got more muscles than I realized.”
Over the course of his career, Salvino has won 17 PBA Tour titles.