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September 22, 1989 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-09-22

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place with Tiger Scott
Lusader, chances are good
that Lusader, an average
baseball player at best,
would be besieged with
autograph seekers while
Holman would not.
"That does not bother me
in the least," said Holman,
who is expected to compete in
Detroit in November. "I make
my living bowling, which is
not as lucrative as other
sports. I have enjoyed a suc-
cessful career, and along the
way I have made a fairly
comfortable living."
The 5-foot-9 inch, 140-lb.
Holman, who lives in Med-
ford, Ore., when not touring,

Not being extremely famous does not
bother pro bowler Marshall Holman,
he would rather be successful.

Marshall Holman shows the form that has enabled him to win over $1.3 million and 21 tournaments in his 15-year
Photos by Craig Terkowitz
stint on the pro bowlers tour.

Not A Household Name,
Just One Of The Best

Marshall Holman may not be mobbed by
autograph seekers when he goes out on
the town, but he is one of the best pro
bowlers ever.


Special to The Jewish News




espite being one of
the world's best pro-
fessional bowlers,
Marshall Holman is not a
household name. And, he
could care less.
Holman has won more
than $1.3 million in over 15
years as a professional. He is
one of the best in the sport,
winning 21 championships
and making numerous ap-
pearances on television. Yet,
if he walked into a public

is one of the best bowlers the
Professional Bowlers
Association (PBA) has seen.
He has earned more than
$100,000 a year eight times,
a PBA record. In 1987,
Holman also became the
first bowler to win the PBA
Player of the Year title
despite not winning a tour-
nament. He posted a 216.8
per game average that year
and has won that award
three times.
This season, however,
Holman has struggled. Say-
ing some mechanical prob-
lems are hampering him, he
has third-, fourth- and fifth-
place finishes thus far,
earning just $43,475. A
fiercely competitive man, he
is frustrated by the problem
and says he has learned a
valuable lesson from it.
"Bowling like I have been
recently, it is difficult to
swallow," said Holman.
"When I do get it back, I'll
appreciate it a lot more be-
cause before it was always
so damn easy."
Holman, who is Jewish,
joined the pros on the
Summer Tour in 1974 at age
19. He started bowling at
age 12 and always loved it,
but did not think of becom-

ing a professional bowler un-
til a man in Medford offered
to back him financially.
Holman joined the tour.
He quickly made a name
for himself when, in his four-
th pro tournament, he pulled
a Joe Namath-like stunt and
predicted he would win the
tournament. He didn't, but
still finished a respectable
The first victory, what
Holman said was his biggest
moment on the tour, came in
Fresno, Calif., in the
summer of 1975 when he
defeated Carmen Salvino in
the title game by rolling a
275. In those early years,
Holman credits Tommy
Hudson, a tour bowler who
had moderate success, as a
mentor and helping him suc-
ceed by answering questions
and helping him along.
The 34-year-old West
Coast native also has drawn
notices for his fiery temper.
Once, the PBA suspended
him for 10 tournaments
after several conduct viola-
tions, concluding with an in-
cident on national television
where he kicked a foul light.
Another time, during the
prestigious Firestone Tour-
nament of Champions, he
broke a bone in his bowling
hand after punching a wall.
But Holman is not a mean
person. He is simply an in-
tense one. The slim, balding
man quietly smokes ciga-
rettes, occasionally wrings
his hands and changes facial
expressions quickly while
talking. He is a man who
wants to win.
"I think I have mellowed
out a bit in the last seven or
eight years," said Holman.
"But, if I start getting lined
up and knocking pins down,
you will see the emotion
come out."
And there are plenty of
chances for this with the
schedule Holman keeps. He
bowls 50-80 games per week
on the 30 weeks he tours an-
nually. Other times, he prac-
tices. In fact, Holman said
he is practicing now more
than ever due to his recent
"It is a very frustrating
game," said Holman. "You
can make a good shot and
get nothing for it or make a
bad shot and get a strike."
The frustration, the
travel, the number of games
would seem to make any
bowler a ripe case for some
sort of burnout, Holman,
whose girlfriend, 'Terry, trav-
els with him, said while he
still loves the game, he has

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