Dave Soutar was born on March 7, 1940 and was a professional bowler on the PBA Tour. He won 18 times on the regular PBA Tour, and seven more times on the Senior PBA Tour. Soutar has been on tour for over 50+ years and with his wife Judy, also a hall of fame bowler they have been on the road for over 20 years together. This year’s Sr. PBA season brings an end of an era and a career that has with held the test of time. The last stop on the Sr. PBA tour is the Senior Decatur Open, presented by Brunswick and there was a huge retirement party for the Soutar’s with many of their friends, family and fellow bowlers in attendance.
Carmen Salvino – “Dave was definitely one of the greats, but he never got the credit he should have for his consistency,” Salvino said. “He was a little bit overshadowed because he came up in the era of Dick Weber and Don Carter and then transitioned into the era of Earl Anthony, Johnny Petraglia, Dave Davis, Mark Roth and Marshall Holman.”
Soutar’s last PBA title came in the 2003 Senior U.S. Open, which marked his fifth major in PBA competition. Among Soutar’s other Senior Tour accomplishments entering the 2012 season are records for most Senior Tour tournaments entered (250) and career Senior Tour earnings of more than $512,000. Soutar was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1979 and the USBC Hall of Fame in 1985 and was voted the 20th greatest player of all time as part of the PBA’s 50th anniversary in 2009.
In closing this week’s Striking Spotlight and on behalf of myself and everyone at Above180.com we wish you all the best in your retirement Dave & Judy.