Tucson Tribute and Honor has honored the following 24 Bowlers for their hard work and dedication to the sport of bowling in Tucson, Arizona. They have impacted and touched other bowlers in Tucson that have made competing not only enjoyable but rewarding as well. Several has passed and will be missed.
Alan "Mr. Stats" Brizee He was secretary of the Miller Lite Traveling Masters league for over 9 years where the league doubled in size and the sweeper increased 5 times. He promoted the league to help create a record $8478 sweeper. Alan won the Tucson Metro USBC Senior Masters in 2014 shooting a 300 and finished with 803 en route to the title. He has traveled to ABC/ USBC Nationals 26 times. He held the Tucson Metro USBC Sport game record shooting a 290 in 2003. Alan has bowled 15 300’s and 1 800 with 807. He now has perfection in two sports
Bryanna Caldwell She tied the National women’s record on Sept. 9, 2014 shooting 300, 279 and finished with another 300 for 879 throwing 35 of 36 strikes. Bryanna won the AZ State USBC Queens in 2014. She was a member of Team USA in 2011 and Junior Team USA 2006 to’07. Bryanna was the first female junior to average 200 during ’01-’02 with a 208. While at Central Missouri University, was recognized as First team All-American all four years. She was named 2010 Women Bowler of the Year for the state of Missouri. She shot a 1948 All Events in the USBC Open championships in 2012. Bryanna holds the Tucson Metro Sport game record with a 300 game.
Andy Clark Sr. Was drilling balls for well over 30 years for all of Tucson as well as PBA pros when they came to Tucson to bowl in the Tucson Open. Andy gave lessons to bowlers on this list to help their game. He also help sponsor several leagues and the Andy Clark bracket for the Miller Lite Traveling Masters league.
Paul Colwell 5 Hall of Fames: AZ State 1987, TBA Charter member, PBA 1991, Pima County 1994 and ABC (USBC) 1999. ABC Masters champ 1974. PBA champion 10 times, 2 Major (ABC Masters & PBA National). Won his first PBA tournament in Tucson. Tucson Athlete of the Year 1975. ABC Classic Doubles champ 1974. TBA Masters champ 1983, ’84 and ’89. TBA All-events champ in 3 different decades, 1971, ’83 and ’92. 13 300’s and 5 800’s.
Clarence “Pop” Corn TBA Hall of Fame, Meritorious Service 1994.
Joe Dogoli TBA Hall of Fame 2007. TBA and AZ State Team and Doubles champion. He averaged 200 plus for over 30 years. Has thrown 13 300’s and 8 800’s.
Myron Eggman He bowled in every tournament, The Challenge, Dewey Yoho’s and Fred Reeder’s tournaments for over the past 30 years.
Herb Foreaker He bowled 40 years of City and State tournaments. Over 25 in the USBC Nationals. He made the ’78-’79 Citizen Classic All-Star team with high average at 203.
Karry Harris Set National Military Singles record. Tucson Metro USBC Hall of Fame 2013.
Bill Hawk Great action bowler in the 1960’s and 70’s. Brother of Chuck and Ken.
Roy Lawson TBA Hall of Fame, Meritorious Service 2006. Roy had bowled for 45 years starting his career in the Air Force where he shot his first 300 at Davis Monthan lanes. He always was a truly great person and secretaried many leagues, the reason for getting in the Hall of Fame. He will be missed.
Bob Majeske TBA Hall of Fame Charter member.
Ed McCulloughHas bowled for 70 years. He was a junior coach and taught kids in U.S.A., Canada, Guam and Okinawa. TBA Hall of Fame, Meritorious Service 2001. Ed shot the 2nd 300 ever in Tucson’s history in ’59.
Len Nicholson PBA maintenance director in the 70’s. Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame 2011, Meritorious Service. He was a master with that oil can and oiled lanes at Golden Pin lanes. Authored 5 books including his newest, The Tour Would Be Great"IF" You Didn't Have To Bowl. Great at card tricks and storytelling.
(Note: I have been asked many times "how" I got started In bowling. In my published book, "The Tour Would Be Great "IF" You Didn't Have To Bowl", is the following story of how AND why it began. It's hard to believe that it has been almost 50-years!!.
By Len Nicholson: The year was: 1956. The place was: Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California.
My first recollection of Billy Hardwick was that of disbelief. What a sight it was.
He was a sophomore, a year behind me in school. He was all of 5'3" and weighed-in at exactly 99-pounds. He came out and (tried out) for the Varsity football team. The Head Coach, Frank Collins, looked at him and said that he was too small to play, but since we were a new school and needed players, he told Billy that he could hold the blocking-bags during practice. He also told him that because of his size (or lack of it) that he wouldn't be able to issue him a team uniform.
By the way, he did pay me back. Yeah, he was the rotten egg that got me into bowling!!!
(Editors note:: This is a "preview" of one of more than 40-stories that are contained on that (3), CD set or book. Don't miss your opportunity to hear Len Nicholson tell some of his favorite stories about many of the Tour's All-Time Greats, including: Dick Weber, Earl Anthony, Don Carter, Jason Couch, Jim Godman, Dick Ritger, Bob Strampe, Norm Duke and many, many more).
Lou Proccocino One of the true great bowlers. Won numerous City and State titles. PBA member who bowled for 30 years and almost every PBA Tucson Open.
Fred Reeder Past TBA Present and ran tournaments for Tucson bowlers.
Chuck Rummelt TBA Hall of Fame Charter member.
Jeff Segneri TBA Hall of Fame 2004. TBA Masters champ 1993, 1999 and 2011. AZ State All-events champ 1996. TBA All-events 2002. TBA Doubles champ 1991. TBA Team champ 3 times. AZ US Open champ 1991. 9 300’s and 5-800’s.
Jim Tantlinger TBA Hall of Fame, Meritorious Service 2006.
Curtis Turley Founder of 210 Challenge and Challenge tournaments which bowlers flocked to for more than 20 years. His Guarantee of $1000 for 1st place is one reason bowlers showed up over the years. TBA Senior Masters champ (the 1st tournament held by Tucson Metro USBC) in ’95. He has bowled for over 45 years. Tucson was lucky to have him be a part of our bowling community.
(See his dictionary entry.)
Kalyn Washburn Bowled for University of Nebraska for two seasons helping the team get to the NCAA final 4 both years. Kalyn also was honored both years making the Big 12 All-Academic teams and was the Bowling team representative for the NCAA Student Advisory Council. While at Delaware State University due to recruited by Kim Terrell-Kearney, she help guide DSU to their first ever NCAA National Championship in school history. Kalyn was honored by the NCAA with the first ever Elite 88 award. The Elite 88 is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in NCAA’s 88 National Championship games. She also was selected MEAC’s Women of the year and was nominated for NCAA’s Women of the year. She also coaches bowlers in her “spare” time.
Dewey Yoho TBA Hall of Fame Charter member. ABC eagle winning Team event 1976. TBA All-events and Singles champion 30 years apart 1970 and 2000. One of the great pot bowlers in the 70’s and 80’s.
(See his dictionary entry.)
Robbie Yoho TBA Hall of Fame 1999.
This info is from the Desert Bowler and founder of TTH, Roy Tietz.and I will update any info if sent an email. Thanks.
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