You think bowling is easy? Meet Tulsa native and resident Mike Edwards. The professional bowler knows how difficult the sport can be, recently starting his 27th season on tour with the Professional Bowlers Association.
Jenni Carlson: When did you start bowling?
Mike Edwards: I probably started bowling when I was about 4 years old. My parents ... they bowled their Monday night league, and I just tagged along. Instead of putting me in the nursery, they’d let me go bowl.
JC: Most kids bowling at 4 years old are going granny-style with the bumpers up. Did you?
ME: My first game was a zero. Every ball went in the gutter. That was back before the bumpers. My first game was a big goose egg, but I learned from that.
JC: Did you take lessons?
ME: I’m just kind of a natural. I’ve always had real good hand-eye coordination. But my dad was my first coach. He showed me the basics — the arm swing, the footwork, stuff like that. I just kind of took it from there.
JC: Did you become known around Tulsa as a hot-shot bowler?
ME: Oh, pretty much. The bowling community is like a big soap opera. Once your name gets around, good or bad, it’s around.
JC: In your first year as a pro, you won $810. That doesn’t seem like much.
ME: It was ’81 or ’82 ... and obviously, I bowled around here and thought I was good.