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Dean Billings

He started bowling at the age of eight and 27 years later he became the youngest person ever inducted into the Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame in 1999. Along the way Billings has won numerous titles in Summit, Cuyahoga, Stark and Belmont Counties, had 62 perfect 300 games, 28 sanctioned including one in the American Bowling Congress national tournament in Albuquerque and one at the Michigan Tournament in Jackson. He has rolled 12 sanctioned series of 800 or better. Since 1989 he has teamed with Summit County Sports Hall of Fame member Mike Turnbull to win the Akron Open doubles four times. In 1998 he had a top 48 finish in the ABC Masters in Reno, NV. Billings has also been the Ohio Major Bowling Federation Champion nine times, three in singles and six in doubles and won the Cleveland Tournament Bowler's Association twice, once each in singles and doubles. He's been the Beacon Journal Bowling Classic singles champs with a three-game series record of 844. To put it in perspective "Any time I can win, I'll take it," said Billings. His greatest bowling accomplishment was winning the 1990 Petersen Classic Singles championship in Chicago. The prestigious Petersen, an amateur event, was rolled in a less than ideal site. "There must have been 100 buckets to catch the rain," Billings said. "It was a mess, not your conventional lanes." Maybe that's why Billings tells young bowlers to "have good fundamentals and bowl on as many different lane conditions as you can." His last four shots were strikes to give him a 1702 total and the victor's $45,000 first prize. Bowling has been a big part of Billing's life "because I've always enjoyed it and you meet such nice people. I'm still hyped up on it!"

Inducted 2003 | Bowling