Rusty Bethley

Shreveport/Bossier City, LA

I started bowling in 1957 at age 4, joined my first Bantam league at 5. Both of my parents were avid bowlers, so I kind of grew up as an “alley rat”.  I went through the original AJBC youth program from age 5 to 18, then started competing against the adults.  There were really no college programs available at that time.  A sponsor put me in a number of PBA events for a couple of years, but I was too young and stupid to make a living at it.  I officially joined the PBA in 2002 getting ready for the Senior Tour and SASBA.  I have been fortunate enough to shoot 19 300’s and 5 800’s during my bowling career, win a few local and regional titles, three state senior championships, and one national senior title.  Most of all, I just love to compete and get the rush.

I spent 25 years in outside sales and marketing, most of it in the medical field, before opening my first pro shop in 2006.  Hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced me into a career change.  I am now on my 4th store and love going to work every day.  Due to some health issues, I don’t compete in tournaments as much now, but the biggest thrill is watching my customers and students get better and shoot their best game or series.  I never quit working on my game in hopes that I’ll find that magic combination again to play against the big boys.

Biggest Payday on the Lanes:  Winning the National Senior Olympics Gold Medal in 2011 for Men’s Singles.  No money involved, but the title was huge for me, and having Bill Lillard hang the medal around my neck is priceless.