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mrbowling300

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This is a compilation of where are they now....

Bob Spaulding is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Portland.

Paul Ashby is alive and well in the northeastern suburbs of Cleveland, OH with his wife & kids. He still bowls PBA Central Region events amongst other tournaments in & around Cleveland, Erie, Pittsburgh, etc.

Cliff McNealy is a nurse at Alta Betes Hospital in Berkeley, California. I think he still bowls one league at Brentwood Bowl in South San Francisco, California. In other words, Cliff has a real job.

Palmer Fallgren works for AMF in Florida setting up instruction classes for the AMF Bowling centers.

Charlie Standish did bowl some league as recently as this past summer. He also won twice on our local scratch tour over the last three months (see http://www.vmsbt.com for details). He currently runs the PBI pro shop at AMF Ritchie in Glen Burnie, Maryland. That web site is http://www.pbiinc.com

Tom Milton is still living and working in the St. Pete, Fla area

Gip Lentine bowls senior High Rollers in Vegas and does quite well.

Boysie Huber lives in Vegas, managing a restaurant according to MWPBA director John Weber.

Alvin Lou owns and operates a pro shop in El Cajon

Bo Bowden is still bowling in Dallas county and posting honor scores as always. I do not think he is bowling any tournaments at all, but he still is the Bo that was. Very controversial, opinionated and still a very good bowler. Bo still is a somebody with great skills, knowledge and a reputation that follows him everywhere.

Butch Smith is a very sucessful electrical contractor. The last time that I heard, Butch was living with his wife in Anaheim Hills and is currently into Tennis. Butch showed up at the US Open last year at Fountain Bowl

Mark Williams is the owner of a bowling center in either Texas or Oklahoma. He usually shows up at Bowl Expo every year.

Nelson Burton Jr is retired and living in Florida.

About three years ago, Bowling Digest ran an article about Marc McDowell. At that time, he was still living in the Madison area, working for Salomon Smith Barney, and bowling one league a week.

Mark Williams owns a bowling center in Texas
Steve Cook owns a bowling products distributorship in Sacramento, California
I heard that Mike Durbin is a car salesman in Boulder City, Nevada (near Las Vegas)
Holman is still in Medford, Oregon operating a Liberty Tax Service franchise.
I also heard that Joe Berardi runs the snack bar in one of the Carter centers in Florida.

Scott Devers is GM of Arrowhead Lanes in Lafayette, IN.

Tony Maresse is a very succesful realtor in the Seattle area, works for the same company as Hugh Miller.

Pete McCordic is the regional director for the PBA's Southwest region

Joe Firpo is selling Volvos in Atlanta and doing quite well. Still bowls league and recently set the high series for Tucker lanes before it shut down.

Del Warren is with Track.

Tom Crites is a proprietor in Colorado

Bob Vespi is selling cars in NC

don genalo was running a pro shop in the toledo area for a few years

C.K. Moore is a pastor in Redding, California

Ron Williams has a pro shop at Don Carter Cityview in Fort Worth

Ron Palombi still bowls league in Erie, PA and hits tournament action in the NW PA, OH, NY region. His snow-blower injury isn't that severe, and he can still rip the rack, and loft it to the arrows. He doesn't sell cars and longer, but runs a production machine at Better Baked Foods in North East, PA

Jess Stayrook is working for a fitness place in San Diego.

Butch Soper is in Lake Havasu City.

George Branham is working for a soft drink distributor in Indianapolis

Mike Aulby owns a number of bowling centers and a skating rink in the Indianapolis area. He is doing quite well.

Mike Shady is teaching business at the high school level in Erie, PA. He also has a very successful pro shop.

Eddie Ressler drank himself to death.
He has been gone for maybe 3-4 years now.

Jerry Hale is the day bartender at La Habra Bowl in Southern California, by the way, Glenn Allison works the desk there

Billy Meyers Jr is still in Southern California. Works in the pro shop and embrodiery business. He may bowl league at Del Rio or Keystone

Wayne Webb runs a pro shop in Sacramento, AMF Land Park Lanes

Steve Wunderlich is now in charge of USBC's Sport Bowling program. His office is at USBC HQ in Greendale

Steve Westberg owns a bowling center in Billings MT.

Terry Leong lives near Las Vegas and owns a pro shop in Pahrump, NV

Dwayne Fisher quit bowling to get a life. He became a law clerk and presumably (knowing how he was) went on to being a lawyer or became very successful in some other way.

Randy Lightfoot was the head coach for the Lindenwood College bowling team.

Curt Schmidt works for George Pappas lanes in charlotte, nc now for the last 20 years and only bowls league occasionally he has knee problems

John Handegard owns Pro Bowl somewhere in the state of Texas. He burned out about various aspects of the modern game.

Mazza he had sold the center in Bay City, MI he was part owner of, and I believe he was a stock-broker, all about 3-4 years ago

Billy Orlikowski works for Brunswick and is involved in Ball development and testing.

Paul Koehler, bowls the Detroit All - stars on Harry Sullins team.  He woks at Turbo - Grips in Chesterfield, Mi.

Mike Jasnau is one of Bowlers Journal's 100 top coaches, and he teaches at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno using the Computer Aided Tracking System (CATS). He now lives in Utah and does some teaching with Storm, as well.

Jack Biodollilo works for interstate trophy in houston, texas



 


 

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dang, some of these good bowlers just stopped. im gonna see if i can run up on vespi since i live in NC.


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Doesn't it seem like most of these bowlers copied each other and became car salesmen. lol


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It's amazing how some of them just dropped off the tour. I wonder which bowlers who are on the tour today will drop off the tour within a few years.


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A few updates:

RON WILLIAMS - Owns the Ron Williams Pro Shop at Don Carter Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, TX. Still bowls leagues and pretty well actually. Holds a PBA member card but hasnt particpated in a PBA event in years. Says "he feel like he dosent have to, and dosent like the new PBA format". Which is a shame because Id love to see him crank it again.

DON GENALO - His pro shop closed down a few years ago, now sells insurance. (according to Ted Hannahs)

RON BELL - Not exactly sure what he does but he is doing well, he told me he hasnt picked up a ball in years.

TED HANNAHS - MySpace friend, works at a post office I believe and bowls in local tournaments, he also posts here =]

MARK BAKER - Runs the "Camp Bakes" bowling camp in Florida.

DEL WARREN - Now works for Kegel

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The reason of many ex-pro bowlers wants to work a better job rather than pba events.


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I'm sure a regular, steady paycheck is attractive to these guys.  After all, it's ok to pull in $100,000 per year if you can do it every year, but when you hit a slump or something, those checks come fewer and farther between.

Plus, I'm sure life on the road gets pretty old after awhile, so that probably has something to with them quitting the tour.

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No doubt, Brian!  If you look, in the past 10 years, there's only been a few that have been consistently up there year after year, namely, WRW and PDW.  Yah, there's been others who have had single decent years, but not over a career.  The odds of making it are so slim, it's just easier to get a regular job, like the rest of us, to earn your pay to meet your bills. 
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When I finished high school, I contemplated hitting the tour.  I wasn't high enough in average yet, but I knew that in a couple of years, I would be.  Luckily, I decided to wait and go to college.  After college, I gave it some more thought.  By then I was averaging more than enough to qualify, had bowled a couple of PBA events and was sure I'd be ok.  Maybe not the next Roth or Anthony, but I felt I could be competetive and earn my way, all while doing what I loved.

I never seemed to get around to joining, though.  Looking back, that's probably for the best.  Because look at the way the sport is now.  It would have been a poor long-term career choice, that's for sure.  Yeah, I might have done ok during the early 1990s.  Once resin hit the scene, who knows?  I might have flopped then and there and quit. 

I eventually overcame the challenge of resin...but it took what seemed like an eternity to do it, and I didn't have the pressure of the tour on my back while doing it.  If I was on tour and trying to get by while trying to get the hang of the new balls, I would have been bankrupted and forced to quit.  No way I would have survived that period.

Plus, the format of the new PBA would have eaten me alive.  Unless you're a top performer, you just don't have the chances you had under the old PBA.  I mean, if guys like Voss and Webb can't cut it and had to give it up, well...there you go.

I was content to work for a living with a steady paycheck, and now and then go beat up on fellow amateurs around the state for pocket money. =) 

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I know the overall prize fund for the tour has gone down, the winner only gets 25,000 now for a regular tournament.


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Yes, the winners amount has gone down, but hasnt the prize fund as a whole evened out. dont they pay more spots, or the pay is better then it was for the lower finishes.


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I know the overall prize fund for the tour has gone down, the winner only gets 25,000 now for a regular tournament.

That suck. PBA Bowling is downfall after ABC close in mid-1997.

$25,000 is compare to Brand-new Honda Accord Sedan or Acura TSX.



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I know a couple years ago they could get $40,000 for winning a tournament.


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I think if the PBA can hook some more sponsors the fund will go up.


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More sponsors?  No.  Better sponsors?  Yes.

Look who sponsors them now: Denny's, Motel 6, Days Inn, etc....not exactly high end companies with deep pockets.   
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