Bowling is a sport that many people don’t actually consider being a sport. I was one of those people before I bowled because it is easy to judge from afar especially when I grew up playing basketball and baseball. This all started in the seventh grade where I began my bowling bowling every Friday afternoon after class. Back then I bowled with a couple of friends after school purely for fun. Being extremely competitive my best friend at the time and I started taking lessons. This where I met Ron he is the man who taught me every single thing I know about bowling and on top of that throughout high school he helped me grow into a better person. With Ron’s help I learned how many little details go in to bowling. For example, there are a certain amount of steps you must before you release the ball and that there are specific bowling balls you must use for particular oil patterns on lanes.
The more I bowled the better I became and the more friends I made. I soon joined another league and started bowling on in tournaments and I did pretty well for the most part win some scholarship money and got better on the way. There is a particular tournament I will never forget. I was in my sophomore year and I was struggling to find three teammates for a team tournament the next day. Then my bowling instructor Ron called me up and told me that he found a team for me. The rest of my team were players from the Saturday league so I know them a little. The tournament we participated in was a qualifier for the state tournament in Syracuse. So incidentally we the team the was put together at the last minute won the qualifier. We were ecstatic and a month later we were on our way to Syracuse. Before I left for my parents told me to just try to enjoy the moment and the experience of this whole moment. As good as that advice probably was I all I was thinking was that I’m not going to Syracuse to just get a participation ribbon.
I wanted to win and prove everyone that it wasn’t a mistake that we got to Syracuse! I even got to Syracuse a day early so my teammates and I could practice. When the tournament day came my teammates and I did pretty well but we weren’t sure how well we did because there was such a big pool of teams and we couldn’t keep track of everyone’s score. So then later that day there way a dinner to announce the winners and after the second and third place winner were called we though that we dint even place. Then to our surprise we heard our name and we were state champions! It was pretty awesome going back to New York with a gold medal. It’s been almost three years since I’ve bowled regularly and now I looking back at all the good memories I’ve had from bowling I can’t wait to start up again.