HOF – Don Genalo

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2003 – Superior Performance — Professional
Don Genalo

Don Genalo joined the Professional Bowling Tour in June 1981. He had already established himself as an outstanding bowler. He attended Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania and was All Conference each year, including winning the ACUI qualifier at Penn State University, then finishing third in the ACUI National Event in St. Louis in 1978. An amateur, he had cashed in the Long Island Open in Garden City, N.Y. in April, 1981. He was elected to the Robert Morris College Hall of Fame in 1991, the first year the Hall was established.

In his third year PBA stop, he cashed at Windsor, Canada. He went on to a career that now includes 18 perfect games, 30 TV appearances (averaging 217-24) with career earnings of $661,599.00. He was a member of the PBA National Tournament Committee for two years and the Regional Tournament Committee for three years. He won the King Louie Open in Overland Park, KS, in 1983 and went on to win six national titles and ten regional tournaments.

In ABC competition, Don shot another 15 – 300 games and 10 series over 800, winning 46 ABC High Score awards. His ABC performances included a season average of 237 and a high series of 855. He was a member of the K.T. Excavating team which was co-champion of the ABC event in Reno, Nevada in 2002. He was on five teams that won the Traveling league championship in Toledo.

Don wanted to keep his election to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame a surprise for his wife, Mary, and children, Anne Lorraine, 14 and Laura Lynne, 11 until his selection was confirmed. Tonight the Hall welcomes not only a great bowler, but a genuine nice guy.

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