I grew up in Bennett, a small town in Colorado. I played sports, but became very interested in bowling after going to Lucky Strike Lanes my freshman year in high school for my PE class. I immediately came home and told my grandparents I wanted to learn how to bowl. At the time, no one in my family bowled. I didn’t have a lot of friends; so bowling was intriguing as it was an individual sport and something that I appeared to be naturally good at. That fall, 1989, I joined my first junior league at Bowl Aurora Lanes. This became my second home, my first job, and my passion. I worked at Bowl Aurora all through high school as a porter, snack bar attendant, cook, counter helper, moon light caller, pin chaser, you name it, and I did it with enthusiasm.
I continued to bowl throughout high school. After coming home from the Navy I got a job back at Bowl Aurora, where I worked seven days a week and bowled four leagues there and three leagues across town. I bowled local tournaments on weekends; this is all I wanted to do. In 2004, I met Dave Wodka and was offered an amateur contract with Hammer. I thought he was joking, I didn’t realize these contracts existed. Looking back I realize that I earned my contract because I demonstrated professionalism on and off the lanes. I also had and still have a drive and passion for this sport that is “SERIOUS ABOUT BOWLING.” At the time I only had a handful of honor scores and had not won any tournaments. From that day forward I knew Hammer would be the best fit for me.
Being a staff player is my job. I now own a bowling pro shop in Denver, TenBack Bowling Outfitters, where I have the ability to spread my passion for the sport to every person I meet. I know without Hammer, I would not be where I am today. It has been nine great years, and I look forward to many more.
800’s: 18 (high 848)