Bowling is a simple sport that can be extremely relaxing and also very competitive depending on who you talk to. The sport can be traced as far back as 5,000 years ago when the Ancient Egyptians threw leather wrapped corn balls down an isle at actual bowls, but the bowling we know and love today first began in New York during the late 1800s. The sport has gained popularity ever since it began and now there is even a professional league known as the Professional Bowling Association. There are plenty of great bowling stories that can be heard all throughout the world but the most recent bowler who everybody is talking about is Bill O’Neill.
Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., brought the Professional Bowlers Association Tour’s Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing to a near-perfect close, cruising past Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., to win the King of the Swing finale, 245-181, at the Grand Event Center on July 1st.
The concluding event in Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing aired last Tuesday on CBS Sports Network. The Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing was contested on the 52-foot Badger lane condition, selected by O’Neill as the Summer Swing points leader. O’Neill won the PBA Badger Open earlier in the swing.
The final match was decided early. O’Neill struck on eight of his first nine shots and held a 55-pin lead after five frames when Rash failed to convert the 4-7-9-10 split in his fifth frame. After a second split and open by Rash in the seventh frame, O’Neill had the match locked up. O’Neill’s open in the 10th frame was meaningless.
The King of the Swing was a special event. No PBA Tour title was awarded, but O’Neill took home $10,000 and a lot of restored confidence. Yes, that’s right $10,000 dollars. The sports popularity over the last hundred years has allowed it to become a very lucrative opportunity for those who have perfected the game. But whether your looking to perfect the sport or just play for fun there is always a great spot to play in Wisconsin.
If bowling is in your future make sure to check out Badger Bowl in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a great place for the most competitive of bowlers to the most relaxed, they also have amazing food and if you go at the right time you’ll even get to see live music performances.