In the world of bowling, there are some bowlers who seem to tower above the rest. These ultra competitors hold professional rankings and titles and have surpassed almost every challenger that has come along. You might have heard these names mentioned around the bowling alley West Palm Beach or on the tv, so here’s a look at some of the most famous bowlers in the sport today.
When it comes to top bowlers, it’s hard not to include Patrick Allen on the list. He’s a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Fame, holds 13 PBA titles, and is widely regarded as one of the best bowlers in the sport. Allen hails from New York and joined the PBA in 1999. Since that time he has won over $1.5 million in bowling winnings.
Chris and Lynda Barnes
Coming from the Midwest and the South, this dynamic duo is a force to be reckoned with. Chris currently holds 19 PBA titles and has bowled 55 perfect 300 games in the PBA competitions. His skill in competition has amassed him over $2.5 million dollars in winnings.
Not to be outdone, his wife Lynda, a former member of the PWBA (Professional Women’s Bowling Association)and now bowling for Team USA, is one of the best female bowlers around. She has bowled 6 perfect 300 point games in the competition and holds several medals and wins from competitions around the world. If you are ever in a bowling alley West Palm Beach, you just might spot her perfecting her game.
Across the pond, Paul Moor bowls for both the Professional Bowlers Association and the European Bowling Tour (EBT). He is lauded as one of England’s top bowlers and holds over 30 English national titles in his name. On the PBA side, he won the Brunswick Ballmaster Open in 2015. Moor has bowled 28 perfect games and has a winning percentage of over 64%. And all of this success started when he was just 10 and began playing in an AMF bowling alley West Palm Beach.
Heading way south you will find Australian bowler Jason Belmonte. He plays on the PBA and is one of only 11 elite players to win 25 PBA titles. He also has 25 perfect 300 games, making him one of the most accurate and intimidating bowlers in the league. Belmonte is no stranger to the bowling alley West Palm Beach, in fact, his father owned one when he was growing up. Belmonte plays in tournaments around the world and has received numerous player of the year awards, and was even named bowler of the decade by Bowlers Journal magazine.
Coming from India, Sabeena Saleem is one of the top female bowlers in the country. Saleem is no stranger to winning having accumulated, four national championships and winning the AMF World Cup five times. In addition, she also played in the National Bowling Doubles Championship with her daughter Sena. The bowling tradition runs strong in this particular family.
Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno
When you think of the Philippines a bowling alley West Palm Beach doesn’t probably pop into your mind. But the tropical country has plenty of them and that’s where Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno perfected his craft. Nepomuceno has six world titles to his name and was inducted into the World Bowling Hall of Fame. He also holds four different world records from the Guinness World Records organization and is a registered USBC Gold level coach. Along with all of his bowling success, Nepomuceno is also a professor at the University of the Philippines.
Norway-born Tore Torgersen, a former member of the PBA, started bowling in 1980. Since then he has bowled in the Weber Cup, winning twice, won the Bowling World Cup in 1994, and also won the 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open. These days Torgersen is more comfortable running his pro shop and enjoying time in the bowling alley West Palm Beach in his adopted home of Sweden.
Nachimi Itakura is a Japanese pro bowler but started out her sports career in swimming. In fact, she was such a good swimmer that she made it into the Junior Olympics, but eventually hung up her goggles and retired from the sport. She was introduced to the sport of bowling by her mother and after a few nights at the bowling alley West Palm Beach, she was hooked. She joined the Japan national team and won several events as an amateur. Her professional career has had equal success winning several Japanese championships throughout the years.
François Lavoie is a Canadian bowler and member of the PBA, who lives in Kansas. He holds five PBA championships and has the distinction of being the only player to bowl a 300 game in a U.S. Open broadcast on live TV. Lavoie’s bowling success started at Wichita State University where he was a member of the college bowling team. He also graduated from the university with a business degree. He is an avid bowler and has won more than $500,000 in his short career.
Rocío del Pilar Restrepo Lugo
Also an alumnus of Wichita State University, Rocio Restrepo is from Columbia and currently lives in the United States. Restrepo started young and at 15 became the youngest bowler to medal at the World Championships. She would later bowl on the Colombian national youth team and ended up a five-time champion with them. She also bowled for the Wichita State bowling team, winning championships there as well.
The list of champions and famous bowlers could go on and on. The sport has gained a large fan following over the years and remains a popular sport in countries around the world. Because of the relatively low cost to get started in the sport and the proliferation of bowling alley West Palm Beach around the world, bowling has become a staple in many people’s lives. Only time will tell where the next crop of bowling champions will come from.