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Rick Minier

When he graduated from the University of Akron, Rick Minier had already established himself as a top bowler in the area. He was named Akron Bowler of the Year in the 1972-73 season. He followed that up in ’74-75 by being crowned the Ohio Bowlers Association, Bowler of the Year. In 1976 he captured the Akron City Doubles and All-Events crowns. He was the number one bowler on the UA team before he graduated in 1983 and headed for the Pacific Northwest. He immediately made an impact, winning the Oregon State Doubles title. He joined the Professional Bowlers Association and began racking up regional titles. He was named Northwest PBA Bowler of the Year for 1984 and ’85. He won 12 Regional PBA titles and nine Oregon Bowlers Association crowns before moving on to Texas. The change of climate didn’t slow down Rick as he captured the 1995 Texas State Doubles title. In 2002, his first year in competing in senior all-star tournaments, at the age of 52, he was named Senior All-Star Bowling Association Rookie of the Year. He went on to capture four other SASBA titles before becoming a member of the 2004 team that won the Texas State crown. In the prestigious American Bowling Congress (ABC) tournaments, Rick has also shown his mastery of the lanes. In May of this year, in the ABC Senior Masters tourney in Las Vegas with more than 400 competitors, Rick earned a fifth place overall finish. In another ABC tournament this year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Minier won the Bowlers Journal Senior Singles title. His top score was higher than the younger title winner. Rick has bowled 41 sanctioned perfect games and 22 series over 800. He and his wife make their home in Houston.

Inducted 2005 | Bowling