Patrick 'Pat' M. Holseth

Pat's involvement with bowling started in the mid-50's when he competed in the AJBC program. In 1963 he was hired as a pin chaser at Stardust Lanes in Minneapolis which allowed him unlimited practice time as well as being introduced to some of the areas top bowling teachers. He was considered one of the best junior bowlers in the state with a promising future. His employer, George Tuttle, offered to sponsor him on the PBA Tour, but Pat decided to focus his attention on the local level. He entered the University of Minnesota in 1967 and competed for the school's intercollegiate team - traveling to many colleges in the 5 state area. In 1968 he teamed with Jerry Steeve of Florida State to win the National Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Association of College Unions-International Doubles Event, held on the ABC Tournament Lanes in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1969, the American Bowling Congress held it's national tournament in Madison, Wisconsin where Pat was introduced to Chuck Winterstein, the Bowlers Journal Tournament Director. Chuck hired Pat to help him with that year's event - which started a 22-year dedication to the Bowlers Journal Championships. In 1970 at Long Beach, California Pat was named Bowlers Journal Assistant Tournament Director (and later Tournament Director), a position he's held for all but one of the years between 1970 and 1992, giving him the distinction of holding that position longer than anyone else. Pat thoroughly enjoys talking to the thousands of friends he's made over the years. Not a day goes by without someone stopping by the BJ Tournament to say 'Hi' to him. In 1974, Pat created H & L Bowler's Pro Shop, the only independent pro shop at the ABC Tournament for many years. The Metro Bowler, a bowling tabloid serving the Metro Areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as out-state Minnesota, was created by Pat in 1975. The goal of this weekly tabloid was to be supplemental to the Metro Area's daily newspaper coverage of bowling and to give credit to the area's competitors for their accomplishments as well as providing them with state, national and international bowling news. At the time if his induction, The Metro Bowler was in it's 19th year of publication (1993-94) making it one of the oldest bowling newspapers in the country. Pat turned over most of the newspaper's responsibilities to his wife, Juette, in 1984, but still acts as a consultant and contributing writer. Pat has been a member of the Bowling Writers Association of America since 1976 and is a charter member of the World Bowling Writers. He has served as a voting member of the BWAA Collegiate Poll panel for approximately 10 years and has also served on the Minnesota Bowling Council. He is regularly called on by various bowling integers for advice, answers and creative problem solving. Pat has one Minneapolis City Tournament Team Championship coming in 1975 while bowling for F.R. Lein & Sons Realtors. Pat's high game is 290; his high series is 755, and his high average of 211 while bowling for the University of Minnesota. At the time of his induction, Pat's competed in 23 ABC National Tournaments and holds a 189 lifetime average.

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Meritorious Service
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Mens' ABC Hall of Fame