The PBA (Professional Bowling Association) has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries and it features the best bowlers in the world. It began in 1958 with only 33 chartered members.
Now, fans can tune in each Sunday at 1 pm during the tour for the championship rounds. Ranked 23rd out of those 4000 is Mike Wolfe, and that is just one number he hopes to improve upon for this year’s tour. Wolfe picked up his third title during the 2007-2008 Denny's PBA tour season and he looks to have an even more impressive year this year.
Louisville.com caught up with Mike as he begins his 8th year as a professional.
LDC: Bowling is a recreational activity for millions of Americans. Tell us the background on how you turned it into a profession
MW: My parents always bowled when I was younger, so they were a big influence in getting me started. I started like most do, I came through the junior programs and graduated into the adult leagues where I started traveling every weekend bowling tournaments with a lot of success, so I then decided to test myself in the professional ranks.
LDC:What is your proudest achievement as a bowler?
MW: I have many moments that I am proud of, but bowling my first 2 300 games at the age of 12 and my PBA titles are the memorable ones
LDC: Who or what inspires you every day?
MW: My wife Abby and my family and friends. I have a lot of support from home that's comforting.
LDC: What's your favorite thing about your hometown of New Albany, IN?
MW: I enjoy the small town background, where it doesn't take long to get anywhere and traffic isn't a mess like bigger cities, but have the luxuries of a big city just across the river in Louisville.
LDC: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
MW: Consistency, multiple titles and hopefully a major title
LDC: If you're not bowling, people would find you doing what?
MW: Mostly bowling, but a lot of golf sneaks in my schedule during the off season
LDC: What is your favorite thing about being a professional bowler? Do people recognize you on the street?
MW: My favorite thing is the chance to do what we love as a living and showcase our talent for entertainment. Depending on the city, getting noticed does happen often, obviously the bigger bowling cities make it easier, but it does happen probably more than expected
LDC: Any last thoughts for our readers?
MW: Thank you for the opportunity and I hope everyone enjoys the reading and remember to tune into ESPN every Sunday for the PBA Tour.
2008-2009 PBA SCHEDULE
Oct. 19-26 Wichita, KS Oct. 29-Nov. 2 Omaha, NE Nov. 4-9 Hammond, IN Nov. 9-16 Taylor, MI Nov. 26-30 Vernon Hills, IL Dec. 3-7 Cheektowaga, NY Dec. 10-14 Baltimore, MD Jan. 4-11 Reno, NV Jan. 14-18 Medford, OR Jan. 19-25 Las Vegas, NV Feb. 3-8 Fountain Valley, CA Feb. 8-15 Las Vegas, NV Feb. 18-22 Wheat Ridge, CO Feb. 23-Mar. 1 Indianapolis, IN Mar. 2-8 Columbus, OH Mar. 18-22 Norwich, CT Mar. 25-29 West Babylon, NY March 29-Apr. 5 North Brunswick, NJ
For more information, please visit www.pba.com