Tom Hess (born December 13, 1969) is an American professional bowler from Urbandale, Iowa,and is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He now bowls out of Granger, Iowa.
Hess began his PBA career as a Regional Tour player. He was the 2003 PBA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year, and the 2010–11 PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year. He has also been a three-time Iowa state champion.
Hess won the 2011 USBC Masters for not only his first major title, but his first-ever PBA Tour victory.This victory earned him $50,000.
Hess joined the PBA50 Tour (for players age 50 and older) in 2020, but that season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making 2021 Tom's rookie season. On September 7, 2021, Hess won the PBA50 Senior U.S. Open with a convincing 256–209 victory over PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes in the title match. This gave Hess a major title on each of the PBA and PBA50 Tours.On September 19, Hess won his second PBA50 major title at the USBC Senior Masters. Qualifying as the #4 seed, Hess defeated #5 seed Donnie Hogue in the opening match, then went on to defeat three PBA Hall of Famers (Pete Weber, Doug Kent and Chris Barnes) on his way to the title. In the process, Hess wrapped up PBA50 Rookie of the Year and PBA50 Player of the Year honors, becoming the third player (after Tom Baker and Norm Duke) to win both awards in the same season. Hess also joined Dave Soutar and Walter Ray Williams Jr. as the only players in history to win both the USBC Masters and USBC Senior Masters in a career.
Hess participated in the 2022 PBA Tournament of Champions, and was the only senior player to make it to the match play round.On July 3, 2022, Hess won his third PBA50 Tour title at the Highland Park Lanes Open in Greeley, Colorado.
At the inaugural PBA50 World Series of Bowling held in July 2023, Hess made the championship final round of every event. After placing third in the Ballard Championship and second in the Monacelli Championship, he won the Petraglia Championship on July 21.Hess then qualified as the fifth seed for the PBA50 World Championship finals on July 23, but lost the opening match to Chris Barnes, whom he had beaten two days earlier to win the Petraglia Championship. Hess and Barnes met again on August 23 at the PBA50 Fort Myers Lightning Strikes Classic, after Hess climbed the ladder from the #5 seed to face the top qualifier. Hess defeated Barnes again to earn his fifth PBA50 Tour title. With two majors among his five total titles, Hess is now eligible for the PBA Hall of Fame in the Veterans/Senior category.
Hess is currently sponsored by Storm Bowling,having previously been a member of the Brunswick pro staff.
Major titles are in bold.
Hess also works in the sod industry,and is now an analyst/color commentator for live PBA tournament coverage on BowlTV, the USBC's YouTube channel.
Norm Duke is an American professional bowler who previously competed on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and now competes on the PBA50 Tour. He has won 40 titles on the PBA Tour, including seven major championships, and another six titles on the PBA50 Tour. A member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame, Duke is one of only three players in history to reach 40 career PBA Tour titles. He has bowled 73 perfect 300 games in PBA competition, including the 16th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history on January 5, 2003. Duke is a member of the Storm pro staff.
Peter David Weber is an American semi-retired bowler in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. Weber was one of the sport's most active players and became known for his maverick, chirpy and rebellious personality. He is also known for being incredibly versatile, with his high backswing and the side rotation he puts on the bowling ball helping him control numerous oil conditions. Weber is featured in the ten-pin bowling sports documentary A League of Ordinary Gentlemen. He has won 37 titles on the PBA Tour, including ten major championships, and another 14 titles on the PBA50 Tour. He is one of only three bowlers in history to have amassed at least 50 combined titles between the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. Weber and Williams Jr. are the only two bowlers to have amassed at least 100 total PBA titles, with PBA Regional events added.
Walter Ray Williams Jr. is an American professional bowler and competitive horseshoes pitcher. He currently holds the record for all-time standard PBA Tour career titles (47) and total PBA earnings. He is a seven-time PBA Player of the Year, and won at least one PBA Tour title in a record 17 consecutive seasons. He starred in the ten-pin bowling sports documentary A League of Ordinary Gentlemen. As of June 26, 2022, Williams is also the all-time titles leader on the PBA50 Tour, with 16. He is a three-time PBA50 Player of the Year and has won three majors on that Tour. He has rolled 110 career perfect 300 games in PBA competition through 2019.
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Chris Barnes is an American professional bowler and member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), who currently competes on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. He has also competed internationally as a member of Team USA.
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen is a documentary film about ten-pin bowling that was released on DVD on March 21, 2006. It was written and directed by Christopher Browne and stars PBA Tour players Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chris Barnes, and Wayne Webb.
Wayne Webb is an American professional bowler from Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He was known for his success from the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s. Webb is one of only 17 players in history to win at least 20 PBA Tour titles, and is a member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame.
Parker Morse Bohn III is a left-handed American professional ten-pin bowler. He has been a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) since 1984, and is a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. Bohn is one of only eight players in PBA history to accumulate at least 30 career PBA Tour titles, currently ranking fifth all-time with 35. He has ten more titles on the PBA50 Tour. He is a two-time PBA Player of the Year and has one a PBA50 Player of the Year award (2022). Bohn has also earned 27 PBA Regional Tour titles, nine PBA50 Regional titles, and two European Bowling Tour (EBT) titles.
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the major sanctioning body for the sport of professional ten-pin bowling in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the PBA membership consists of over 3,000 members worldwide. Members include "pro shop" owners and workers, teaching professionals and bowlers who compete in the various events put on by the Association.
Mark Stephen Roth was an American professional bowler. He won 34 PBA Tour titles in his career, and is a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. Roth was most dominant from 1975 through 1987, a stretch in which he made 107 televised finals appearances, captured 33 titles, and won four PBA Player of the Year awards. He is also known for having been the first professional bowler to convert a 7–10 split on national television.
Tom Baker is a professional bowler in the Professional Bowlers Association and a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. He has won 10 titles on the regular PBA Tour, and 12 more on the PBA50 Tour. He currently resides in King, North Carolina.
John Petraglia Sr. is an American professional bowler. He is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), where he won 14 PBA Tour titles. He has also won eight PBA Senior Tour titles. He is a member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame.
Jason Couch is a ten-pin bowler on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour, and a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. A left-handed cranker, Couch graduated from Clermont High School in Clermont, Florida and still resides in Clermont. He owns 16 PBA Tour titles, including four major championships, plus one title on the PBA50 Tour. He also owns 26 PBA Regional Tour titles and one PBA50 Regional Tour title.
Amleto Monacelli is a Venezuelan professional bowler and a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He has amassed 20 titles on the PBA Tour, making him one of only 17 players in history to accumulate at least 20 victories. He was the first international player to earn PBA Player of the Year honors, and the first to be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the USBC Hall of Fame. In addition to his PBA Tour titles, he has won ten titles on the PBA50 Tour, including five majors.
David Soutar is a retired professional ten-pin bowler who competed on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. He won 18 times on the regular PBA Tour, and seven more times on the PBA Senior Tour. Soutar was raised on the east side of Detroit, Michigan and is now a resident of Bradenton, Florida. He is a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame.
John Handegard is a retired professional ten-pin bowler who has spent time on both the PBA Tour and the PBA Senior Tour. For over two decades, he ranked as the all-time leader in PBA50 Tour titles with 14, until being surpassed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. in 2021. Handegard is a three-time PBA Senior Player of the Year. On January 24, 2009, Handegard became the first inductee into the newly launched PBA Senior Hall of Fame. He is also a 2010 inductee to the USBC Hall of Fame in the Veterans category, and a 2019 inductee to the Oregon Bowling Hall of Fame.
Michael Haugen Jr. is a professional ten-pin bowler residing in Carefree, Arizona. He is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), having joined in 1994. He has won five PBA Tour titles overall, including a major title at the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions. He also owns a major title on the PBA50 Tour, after winning the 2017 PBA Senior U.S. Open. Haugen is right-handed.
Mike Scroggins is a left-handed professional ten-pin bowler and member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), having joined in 1989. He resides in Amarillo, TX. He has won eight PBA Tour titles in his career, including two majors. He won the USBC Masters in 2005 and the Lumber Liquidators 66th U.S. Open in 2009. He has 39 career PBA 300 games, and stands at over $1.45 million in career PBA earnings following the 2017 PBA50 season. He also has three PBA50 Tour titles. Scroggins was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 2016, and was officially inducted with the 2017 class.
Jakob Butturff is a left-handed American ten-pin bowler from Chandler, Arizona and a member of the Professional Bowlers Association. He competes in events on the PBA Tour and in global events as a member of Team USA. He has won eight national PBA Tour titles and 27 PBA Regional Tour titles. Jakob also rolled the 28th of the PBA Tour's 34 televised 300 games.
Bowling on CBS is the de facto title for CBS Sports' professional ten-pin bowling television coverage.