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Bowling News USA - July 3, 2013 Barry Gurney, First PBA Player To Use Storm Ball on National Telecast, Passes Away...

Four-time Professional Bowlers Association PBA50 Tour champion Barry Gurney of West Hills, Calif., died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

Gurney, who joined the PBA Senior Tour in 1991, won his first Senior Tour title in 1992 in the Lansing (Mich.) PBA Senior Open. He went on to win the Naples Senior Open in 1994, the Rocky Mountain Open in 1995 and the Boise Open in 1999.

Gurney debuted Storm Bowling Balls to a national TV audience in 1992 when he used the Teal Storm™ on the telecast of the 1992 PBA Hammer Senior Open.

In addition to his PBA50/Senior Tour titles he also won three PBA50 Regional titles and one regular PBA Regional title.

He had competed on the PBA50 Tour as recently as the 2012 season when he bowled in seven tournaments and had a best finish of 16th in the PBA Senior Northern California Classic.

Prior to joining the Senior Tour Gurney worked as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Glendale, Calif.

According to a January 2012 profile of Gurney, he was inspired to bowl PBA competition because of friends who questioned his ability to make a second career as a professional bowler.

"My motivating factor (for joining the tour) was the people I was hanging with," Gurney said. "They all asked, 'Why? What are you going to do with the senior tour? You're a good bowler, but you're not that good.' I wanted to prove them wrong.”


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July, 2013