The switch from amateur bowler to professional came easy for Tommy Hudson. After representing Akron in the United States Open, earning a spot on the Beacon Journal all-star team four times and twice being named Beacon Journal Bowler of the Year, Hudson joined the pro tour in the fall of 1972. He only had time to compete in 10 tournaments that year, but still managed to win PBA rookie-of-the-year honors. He won his first PBA tournament in 1974 at Houston and three years later he claimed four tour titles, including the PBA National Championship. Hudson, who grew up near the PBA headquarters in Akron, retired from full-time tour competition to become part owner of North Lanes. During 14 years on the tour, he earned more than $450,000 and won 10 titles.