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. But when I got out there, I realized I needed to learn some more. I had sponsors — I wasn’t just starving or anything — but yeah, $800 doesn’t go too far. JC: The winnings increased pretty dramatically over the next few years. What changed? ME: Basically, working on adapting quicker to the lane conditions. There’s a certain amount of oil on the lanes, and when a ball rolls down the lane, it picks the oil up and causes the ball to do certain things. After so many games and so many players on certain lanes, you’re going to have to make adjustments with your feet and with your ball speed and with your angle. I just wasn’t doing that. I didn’t know how to do that. That’s what I really worked on. JC: Does it ever seem like you get to do for a living what most people do for fun? ME: Obviously, I’ve been out here awhile, and people say, "Do you still love it?” I still love it. It’s still a game. That’s what it always has been. There’s some guys out here that believe they’re above everything by doing this, but it’s a game to me. The fun is still there. Want to know how Mike Edwards prepares for the rigors of the bowling season? The only American Indian on the PBA tour talks about that on my blog at NewsOK.com.