Its not very often you get the chance to compete against the sports heroes you grew up watching. But that’s what one local man will do in just two short weeks.
Setting them up and knocking them down. That’s what Bill Walters has been doing every morning for the last couple months at Orchard Mesa Lanes. "Waking up the chickens with the noise of balls and pins," says, Walters.
It’s been a while for Walters who hasn't bowled in a league in four years. Walter says he "Hadn't bowled in a competitive tournament in almost 10." But when he heard the guys at the alley talking about hitting up some tournaments he just couldn't resist. He had to get back in the game.
Jason Franklin works with Walter at the bowling alley. "Bill is a good guy. The first time I saw him bowl he goes off like 230, 230, 230 something and says, 'I haven't bowled in like two months.' I'm like come on, that ain't fair," says Franklin.
In two weeks Walters will compete in the US Bowling Congress' Senior Master’s Tournament in Las Vegas. Walters says, "Probably some of the best bowlers in the world will be there."
To qualify, he had to finish league play and score an average above 190, which he did. Now he has the chance to play with the pros he grew up watching. Walters says, "Actually be on the lanes at the same time with these guys it’s kinda a that field of dreams thing coming true for me."
In his bowling career Walters has bowled 14 perfect games, something he would like to do at least once in the tournament. "I like his chances he's working hard and that always pays off," says, Franklin.
Walters says he will probably be a little nervous. Walters But if he can get the ball down the lane just like he does in practice. He'll consider the tournament a success.