Samuel 'Sam' E. Lantto

Sam began bowling at the age of 8. His most interesting time was bowling at the US Embassy Club in Bonn, Germany from 1973-75. Sam recalls being an alley rat early on in his career. He did not waste any time rising to the top in the junior program as he won the Patty Ann Junior Scratch Tournament in Mankato in 1981. His smooth swing and uncanny ability to adapt to any condition, to find a way to get it done when the pressure is on has led to his incredible run of success. He was the Minnesota State Amateur Champion in 1987. Also in 1987 Sam was part of the team that won the Nation Collegiate Bowling Championship in Omaha, Nebraska. Sam has competed in many Minneapolis City and State Tournaments. He has won the prestigious American Bowling Congress National Tournament by winning an eagle in the 2002 Team All-Events. Sam has represented Team USA three times. In 1993 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone in Guadalajara, Mexico and in 1994 in Akron, Ohio. In 2003 at the Tournament of the Americas in Miami, Florida he captured six medals, five gold and one silver. At the WTBA World Tournament in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia Sam was part of the team that captures a silver medal. Sam has won titles in the Minneapolis City Tournament 8 times. He won the Minneapolis Masters Tournament once, the Minneapolis Team Challenge three times and the St. Paul Team Challenge once. He has accumulated 8 St. Paul City Tournament titles and 6 Minnesota State titles. In addition, Sam has won 18 Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) titles. Sam has many other tournaments wins to his name, Fargo Doubles Title, Minnehaha and the St. Cloud Doubles to mention a few. He was nominated to the Minneapolis All-City 1st Team 4 times and the second team 3 times. He was nominated to the St. Paul All-City 1st Team twice and the 2nd team twice. Sam's most memorable tournament victory is actually a tie! At the World Cup qualifying at Kansas City, Missouri in 1994 is where he beat Chris Barnes, Joe Vito and Robert Smith to name a few. This win earned him the right to attend the AMF World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico. The other is his 1997 Minneapolis Masters win. This was his first tournament after getting out of the hospital. He even had an IV pumping into him at the tournament. At this time he has 32 - 300 games and 11 - 800 series. His highest league average was 234.

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Superior Performance
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Mens' ABC Hall of Fame