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“I WENT INTO THAT EVENT JUST TRYING NOT TO MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF, AND THEN, WHEN I STARTED WITH A 144, I WAS LIKE ‘WELL, TOO LATE FOR THAT.’” / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /


Three knee surgeries removed from


a competitive career that landed him in the PBA Hall of Fame, the years he spent scraping together 13 wins started to feel like the memories of another man’s life. Pedersen wondered if everybody else


saw it that way, too. “I wanted to be remembered as a


bowler,” Pedersen says. “That’s why being inducted into the Hall of Fame was so important to me. Unfortunately, every- body kind of remembers me for being an announcer, you know, and I was always a player fi rst. I think that’s why winning that event in Dayton was that much more satisfying.” That event in Dayton was the PBA50


Dayton Classic, an event he had no inten- tion of bowling if not for the prompting of the owner of the event’s host center, Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio.


BJI INTERVIEW WITH RANDY PEDERSEN


BONUS INTERVIEW To listen to more from Randy Pedersen’S interview, touch the play button above. “I was in Dayton, Ohio, doing some


Storm work, and it just so happened that it was the weekend before the seniors were coming into town at the very same center to bowl the PBA50 Dayton Classic,”


Pedersen explains. “And the owner of the center, Mike Irwin, talked me into bowl- ing the senior event. He’s really the reason why I bowled the tournament.” Days after showing up in Dayton to


bowl his fi rst PBA event in six years, Ped- ersen posted a picture on Twitter of him- self holding the fi rst-place check. He had won the fi rst PBA50 Tour event he had ever bowled, and he had done it despite


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