- Home Town: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Birth Date: 7/19/1973
- Throws: Right
- Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
- 300 Games: 57
- 800 Series: 24
- Career Regional Titles: 1
- Career National Titles: 2
- Career Earnings: $241,345
- Positive Axis Point: 4 5/8" over
- Favorite Layout: Pin over ring finger with CG kicked out 1/2", no extra hole
I started bowling when I was eight years old in a four lane center at a country club in Bogota, Colombia where my parents were members. I fell in love with the game right away. At the time, I still was involved in other sports including tennis, swimming, soccer, and golf – but right away, I knew bowling was the one for me.
My dream was always to bowl on the PBA Tour and now, thanks to the support of my country and family I’m living that dream. I moved to the United States in 1995 to attend school. At the same time, I started bowling in local and regional tournaments. Now, I live in southern Florida where I enjoy some pretty nice weather all year long.
My favorite food includes seafood, pasta or a nice juicy steak. I'm a big sports fan, so I follow the Miami Dolphins and Florida Gators. When it comes to music I like all different kinds of music, except for Country. I enjoy golfing and watching TV and movies especially while I'm traveling.
Native Colombian now making his home in Weston, Fla.…has had a notable international career, winning multiple events including the 1999 Bahrain Open, the 2000 Mexican Open, the 2001 South American and the 2003 American Zone Ranking Masters…won the silver medal and tossed a 300 game in the 1999 WTBA World Championships…has won the South American event on three occasions…captured the bronze medal in the 2003 Pan-American Games…was a member of the All-Events Team Championship in the 2004 USBC Open Championships.
2015: Recorded best finish of season with fourth-place finish in PBA Wolf Open.
Career: In 2011-12, after four seasons competing on Tour won first title in the World Series of Bowling Carmen Salvino Classic by defeating Wes Malott in eliminator championship match 246-207...Successfully defended his Carmen Salvino Classic title from 2011-12 by winning 2013 edition with a 246-197 win over D.J. Archer in championship match for second career Tour title...In 2010-11 season had previous best career-best Tour finishes of second in Pepsi Viper Championship and fourth in Tournament of Champions...Prior to 2010-11 season, had best Tour finish of fifth in Chameleon Championship in 2009-10...Was exempt in one previous season (2005-06) where his best finish was ninth in 20 tournaments...Earned his exemption that year through Tour Trials...Owns on PBA regional title.
Career Standard Titles (2): 2011-12 - Carmen Salvino Classic, Las Vegas; 2012-13 - Carmen Salvino Classic, Las Vegas
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I practice very hard two weeks before I am scheduled to bowl a tournament. My routine includes trying different releases, different angle and speeds on the lanes. I also spend time looking at the pattern I will be bowling on and looking at the equipment I might need for that pattern. It’s very important on tour to understand which layouts and surfaces work good for you. This takes time and knowledge. When it comes to physical exercise, I try to run three to five miles a day, three or four times a week.
1. You have bowled all over the world. What is the best country you have ever bowled in excluding the US? I have bowled in so many great countries, but I have to say that I really enjoy bowling in Sweden. They have great fans and they really love bowling.
2. Do you have any interesting superstitions or routines you go through before, during, or after bowling? What is the most interesting superstition or routine you have seen from another bowler on tour? I don’t really have superstitions, but I do have a few routines. Usually when I bowl well, I try to eat and sleep the same way as I did the day before. I haven’t really paid attention to other bowlers, maybe only Amleto Monacelli because I usually room with him. He likes to go running at 6AM - while I am still sleeping.
3. What is the best advice you have for a teenage bowler looking to make a career out of bowling? The best advice I could give is simply follow your dreams, work hard, and be patience. Bowling is a pretty tough sport, but if you are patience and work hard, you are probably going to be very good at it.
4. When do you know when you need to change bowling balls? Simple. Usually when I stop striking.
5. If you had one piece of advice for bowlers trying to elevate their game to a higher level, what would it be? Find a qualified coach and train regularly. Like I said before, bowling is a pretty tough sport, and the only way to get better is to have a good coach and get in lots of practice.
6. How do you block out distractions around you during tournament play? One of the toughest mental aspects of bowling is focus. I have worked very hard over the last several years on my focus. I now pay more attention to lane reactions not how the people around me react. This helps me to stay calm and relaxed.
7. What is one valuable life lesson that you learned while on the PBA Tour that you believe would benefit most people? I would say how important is to have family around. Many times when you are on the road for a few weeks and you are not bowling your best, you would love to have some family support.
8. Are there any particular songs or bands that you listen to before you bowl to help you get pumped up? Yes, I love some of the old rock bands like Nirvana, Guns and Roses, and Def Leppard.
9. If you got to choose a superhero ability, what would it be? I would have to say I would like to have the powers of Spiderman.
10. What or who got you started in the sport of bowling? My parents. They put me in a bowling a league when I was seven.
4/08/2014: PBA League Elias Cup Finals Sunday on ESPN
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