Bowling's best in Metro Detroit for international 'Fall Swing' event

Posted at 5:39 PM, Sep 08, 2016

Like any professional athlete, Sean Rash’s sport is his life. “We travel about 200 to 225 days a year in 15 to 20 different countries,” Rash explains.

His dedication is definitely reflected in his success. “I have nine PBA [Professional Bowlers Association] national titles,” says Rash.

This weekend his travels brought him to Metro Detroit for the Fall Swing at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. He says it’s one of the best cities to compete in.

“Detroit is one of the largest memberships for the United States bowling congress,” says Rash.

Thunderbowl lanes itself is steeped in tradition.

“This bowling alley itself has a lot of bowling history and Detroit stands behind it and it’s actually awesome,” says fellow professional bowler Graham Fach.

“Where we’re competing right now in the arena is very unique. It’s like a stadium atmosphere,” explains Rash.

While tradition is lovely, this week has really been all about the competition.

Thursday’s ‘Detroit Open’ showcased the top 18 bowlers from the three previous events (Wolf, Badger and Bear oil patterns) that happened Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The cream of the crop from all four days will compete this weekend and that’s where the real money is.

“All the big prizes are up for grabs this weekend and we’re going to tape five telecasts,” says PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk Von Kruger.

Those telecasts are something fans can be a part of. For details on how to watch or take part, click here.