1999 – Superior Performance — Professional
Jim Pencak’s first PBA victory, the LaMode Classic in Green Bay in 1989 came in his fifth season as a professional he had finished second twice before that, in the Hammer Open in Waukegan and the U.S. Open in Edmond, Oklahoma. He was just getting started.
He then won back-to-back championships, the PBA National at Toledo and the Budweiser Open in North Olmsted, Ohio, followed soon by the Showboat Atlantic City Open at Atlantic City. He set a PBA record with 16 consecutive wins in television championship round competition. He became the first player in PBA history to qualify and enter the Firestone Tournament of Champions with four titles in his performance log. He was on the 1985 ABC team champions. He set an all-time high for 10 and 15 game qualifying records in the ABC Masters in 1992. He has rolled 26 sanctioned 300 games and seven 800 series sets (846 high).
Performance like that earned him a top spot on the AMF Staff of Champions. He made personal appearances at pro shops and bowling centers, not only in the U.S. but overseas. In September 1993, he became District Sales Manager for AMF Bowling Inc., for Northern Ohio.
Pencak did more than knock down pins. He has been actively involved with such societies as Cystic Fibrosis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Jennings Hall and Easter Seals. He served as an ABC Ambassador on the PBA Tour.
When the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame opens its doors to Jim tonight, the Hall will be getting the whole package — a bowler and a humanitarian.