Greetings and Salutations! Welcome to this week’s edition of Striking Spotlight. This week we are going to celebrate the life of Tony Reyes. All of us in the bowling industry lost a great man today; According to preliminary reports, Reyes was involved in a single car incident and while inspecting the damage was struck by another vehicle. Tony Reyes was a great talent but an even better man. From coaching the San Jose State College Bowling team to competing on the PBA Tour Tony had something about him and it was his Smile. One of the greatest guys on and off the lanes that you could know and no matter what he was doing he always wore that smile. Tony Edward Reyes graduated from San Jose State University in 1998 with a degree in radio, television and film he was also on the San Jose State bowling team from 1992-95 and was named First Team All-America in 1993 and ’95. Reyes Fired the 18th nationally televised 300 game in PBA history in the semifinals of the 2006 Motor City Classic against Parker Bohn III; went on to win the title with a 255-238 win over Wes Malott. He also became just the third bowler in history to shoot 300 on TV en route to his first career title.
“It is a sad day for the PBA and bowling,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “You hear descriptions about people all the time as being ‘great guys.’ Well in Tony Reyes’ case, that is an understatement. No one who ever met Tony Reyes didn’t like Tony Reyes. He was a great bowler, a unique talent with a gift of spreading the virtues of the game, a wonderful friend and the sadness we feel is indescribable. Our thoughts are with the Reyes family.”
Tony you will be in the hearts and memories of all bowlers at all levels of play and on behalf of all of us at Above180.com our thoughts and prays are with the Friends and family of the Reyes family in this time of sadness.
In closing this week’s Striking Spotlight remember that life is to short and you never know if tomorrow will come. Tell your love ones what they mean to you every day.
“From Juniors to College to the Professional Ranks, I’ve always felt blessed to be A Bowler” – Tony Reyes