By Tamas Mondovics
“I went bowling a few times when I was in high school, and I do remember it was fun, but I just wasn’t serious about it,” said David Holloway, who has come a long way from keeping his enthusiasm about bowling at bay.
Now, a senior bowler, Holloway, 51, of Mountain City not only enjoys the sport, but has been in the spotlight thanks
to ranking high at several competitions, including his recent first-place win in the singles match and for All-Events at the 5th Annual Catawba Valley USBC Men’s Handicap Tournament in Boone, NC earlier this
“Bowling” away the competition, Holloway scored 751 ahead of Andrew Coffey from Granite Falls, NC and Christopher Greene of Hickory, NC who had scored 687 and 683 respectively.
“I am very thankful to have won this competition as I had been under the weather during the week leading up to it and for several days afterward,” Holloway said. “I wasn’t even sure if I would feel up to competing that day, but I am glad I did.”
For those that may not be up to par with the logistics of the sport, Holloway mentioned competition is officially named a Handicapped Tournament, which similar to Golf means a percentage of the difference between
“your average and a base average.”
“Lower average bowlers get more handicap pins added to their score than higher average bowlers, so it helps to level the playing field,” he said.
Holloway also placed in the top 10 in the doubles match at the same event with teammate Jonathan Blevins, from Jefferson, NC.
Looking back over the years and growing in the sport, Holloway explained the desire to get back in the game had a lot to do with his association, after he began attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1986 where he found a home and church.
“A friend of mine from church invited me to go bowling with him,” he said, adding, “He was a pretty good bowler, and I decided to join a league with him. As I continued to bowl in the league, my average began to improve dramatically.”
Fast forward a decade, Holloway was bowling in several leagues at Strikers, a bowling center in Rock Hill, SC.
“I owned my own computer business at the time, and the bowling center was one of my clients, which was handy as, on occasion, I swapped out computer services with them for new bowling equipment and coaching,” Holloway said.
The deal paid off including a chance to cross paths with Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) coach Chuck Gardner.
“Gardner gave me a lot of personal coaching time, and before long, my bowling average had improved enough to join the PBA, not on tour, just as a regional PBA member averaging more than 210 at the time,” he said.
Holloway continued as a member of the PBA for a few years until an injury to his bowling arm that set him back quite a bit.
“I had to let my PBA membership go, but I continued to bowl for the fun of it,” he added.
Holloway emphasized that he is looking forward to the next competition and that he is “by no means done.”
Today, thanks to his
regional ranking, recent successes, and winning area competitions gives testimony to his talent and enduring
love for the sport, both of which keeps him ever focused on aiming for the next “strike.”