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Larry G. Montgomery

Despite beginning his bowling career at the late age of 18 after taking a job at the Ravenna Bowling Center in March 1960, Larry Montgomery became one of the best bowlers to come out of this area. However, it was at Midway Kent Lanes (now Twin Star Lanes), where his 130 average improved to 180 under the tutelage of veteran bowler, Boz Miller. By 1966 he was in the 190 plus range and enjoyed a highly successful year, winning the Portage County all-events title and joined a team that won the Bowling Proprietors Association (BPA) Tournament in Columbus, which qualified them for the national finals in Independence, MO. Although they didn’t win Montgomery met former President Harry S. Truman, which he described as “quite an honor.” Also in 1966, he qualified for the St. Louis All-Star Tournament (now the U.S. Open) and he won the first of two consecutive Akron Beacon Journal “AA” titles. Montgomery continued his hot year, qualifying for the Professional Bowlers Association tour. In his first tournament—the Brockton Open – he finished 23rd, beating some pretty good bowlers such as Billy Hardwick and Don Johnson. The Army robbed Montgomery of two years, but he still won two titles during that time – the U.S. Army European singles and the all-events competition. After his discharge, Larry continued his pro career, capturing the seventh spot at the 1971 BPA U.S. Open and he won two Resident Pro Championships in Columbus in ’71 and ’75. His final year with the PBA was 1977 and he had his highest finish of his pro career by grabbing the sixth spot in the Syracuse Open. During his bowling career, he had 14 sanctioned 300 games and a high average of 222. He was inducted into the Tri-County Bowler’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Portage County Hall of Fame in ‘92 and now joins wife, Vicki, in the SCSHOF. Larry is a courier for Quest Diagnostics and resides in Safety Harbor, FL.

Inducted 2004 | Bowling