Timothy Hungerford: PBA Member

Timothy Hungerford is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association, also known as the PBA. Not only does Hungerford bowl in professional tournaments, but he also runs his own accounting firm and has been doing so for over twenty years. He started bowling when he was eight years old. Bowling, to him, was an escape and a hobby that he enjoyed partaking in while his parents were at work. After school, many days, Hungerford would go to the bowling alley by himself and play a few games. He eventually joined the travel team at his school and bowled on the travel team for fun. “He has loved to bowl for as long as I’ve known him. In fact, we met at a bowling alley while I was bowling in a doubles league with my brother” (C. Hungerford, 2018). Throughout the past twenty years, Hungerford has established himself as a successful business professional and a family man. He has a wife of over twenty years, two daughters and a step-son. A few years ago, Hungerford almost lost his life from appendicitis. After this life-altering incident, he decided that it was time to complete some of the items on his bucket list. The first item on his list was to become a professional bowler. Previously, he has bowled in tournaments, adult leagues and even doubles leagues with his daughter. Hungerford had never bowled professionally. It was after this incident that Hungerford decided that it was time for him to become a professional. Hungerford also has been living with arthritis and osteoporosis. Arthritis has impacted his wrists and his ankles. After bowling, he sometimes needs to take a break from everything because he is in pain. The doctors told Hungerford many years ago that he would be paralyzed by age 50 due to the osteoporosis. After receiving this news, he decided that it was time to make some major life changes. He didn’t want to lose his ability to bowl. He changed his diet and took better care of himself. Now, Hungerford is 54 and in better shape than he was 10 years ago.

Fig 1. Timothy Hungerford

He is not a travelling PBA member, but he is a certified PBA member at that. This means that he can partake in all the professional, local tournaments. Recently, Hungerford bowled in the master’s tournament located in Webster, NY. He placed 29th out of 63 bowlers, according to the PBA website (Professional Bowlers Association, 2018). “Not my best showing by any means” ( T. Hungerford, 2018). Having an average of 219, he must maintain it in order to remain qualified to be a PBA member. Officially, Hungerford has had eight 300 games but there are many more that weren’t registered since they occurred during practices. He kept his first 300 ring, gave his second 300 ring to his daughter who bowled with him, he gave his third ring to his father and then kept the rest of the rings he earned.

 

He is not a travelling PBA member, but he is a certified PBA member at that. This means that he can partake in all the professional, local tournaments. Recently, Hungerford bowled in the master’s tournament located in Webster, NY. He placed 29th out of 63 bowlers, according to the PBA website (Professional Bowlers Association, 2018). “Not my best showing by any means” ( T. Hungerford, 2018). Having an average of 219, he must maintain it in order to remain qualified to be a PBA member. Officially, Hungerford has had eight 300 games but there are many more that weren’t registered since they occurred during practices. He kept his first 300 ring, gave his second 300 ring to his daughter who bowled with him, he gave his third ring to his father and then kept the rest of the rings he earned.

 

 Fig 2. 300 Ring

“For a while, bowling stopped being fun for Tim when he only did it professionally. That’s when we decided to join a once a month couples league. This gives him a chance to show off in front of our friends and see bowling as a fun activity again” (C. Hungerford, 2018).

According to the PBA website, Hungerford finished 5th in the NY State Masters Tournament on March 2nd, 2013 (Professional Bowlers Association, 2013). He plans on continuing his participation in these master’s tournaments for as long as he can.

Hungerford speaks about bowling as if it is an old friend or a life-changing experience. To him, bowling is a friend that has been with him since he was a boy. To him, bowling is an activity that helped him better himself emotionally and physically. He thanks bowling for the desire to better himself and he thanks bowling for giving him an outlet. As an accountant, he spends most of his time with numbers. He really enjoys going out and doing something active when he’s not sitting in a chair crunching numbers. He enjoys bowling alone or with people. For over 5 years, he bowled with his daughter, coached his daughter who followed in his footsteps. She does not bowl professionally, but she wants to someday all thanks to him.

“I think bowling is a lot like life. You know, each day you wake up new and each game starts out new. You have a chance for perfection” (T. Hungerford, 2018).

 

Work Cited

Hungerford, Wife of a PBA Member, November 24th, 2018

Professional Bowlers Association (2018, December 1st). Retrieved from https://www.pba.com/.

Professional Bowlers Association (2013, March 2nd). Retrieved from https://www.pba.com/.

Hungerford, PBA Member, November 24th, 2018

 

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