I just returned from Louisville, Ky., where my daughter and I went for a three-day business and social gathering. We had a great time, but unfortunately I have very little sports news.
The purpose of the trip isn’t important. What is important to me was that my daughter, Vikki, was able to be there. Her mom would have been very proud and Vikki filled in. Everyone who knew my Sweetie said Vikki looked just like her. I got to see friends I had not seen since 1972. One of my early mentors was there and it was great to see him and reminisce over our time in Germany.
Also, there was an old partner I had in Frankfurt. We bowled together on the El CID team and, like me, he still has the shirt. Neither of us can fit in them anymore. I was somewhat embarrassed because I didn’t recognize him. The last time I saw him he had a full head of jet-black hair. This time his hair was receding and white. I apologized, but I wish it hadn’t happened that way.
All in all it was a wonderful and memorable trip that I will hold closely to my heart.
While I was away, I learned of the passing of Tony Reyes, a Professional Bowling Association member since 1997. Reyes died from injuries he sustained in a car accident in California.
Reyes, 38, who competed in 14 seasons on the PBA Tour, won his lone Tour title in dramatic fashion in the 2006 Motor City Classic in Detroit, where he bowled the 18th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history in the semifinal match against Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III before going on to defeat Wes Malott in the championship match 255-238.
Reyes, of San Bruno, Calif., cut back on tour competition in recent seasons to concentrate on his pro shop business and coaching. Most recently, he finished sixth in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, 21st in 2012 and 37th in 2011.
PBA Deputy Commissioner and longtime PBA Tour Director Kirk von Krueger said, “When he walked into a room, you just couldn’t help but smile. He simply made you feel good. Tony’s 100-watt smile was a window into the man inside and it told you everything you needed to know about him.”
Well, I realize the column is short, but I promise more bowling news next week.
See you on the lanes.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Don Wright was inducted into the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Hall of Fame in Louisville.