Bill Hohensee made bowling history this past week as the first Lexington resident to compete in 50 United States Bowling Congress tournaments.
Hohensee, 69 and a native of Buffalo, N.Y., bowled in his first USBC Open in 1963 in Buffalo. The event was then called the American Bowling Congress Tournament.
Since then, he has made every tournament, which has taken him to 19 states and a place in USBC and local bowling history.
Hohensee began bowling when he was young and said he can't remember when he didn't bowl. He amassed quite a résumé before moving to Lexington in 1979.
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He was part of squads that won the 1961 and 1962 Buffalo team championships, the 1965 Buffalo doubles crown, and the 1969 New York state team championship.
He has earned several honors since moving to Lexington and was inducted into the Lexington Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1992.
His highlights here include the 1980 Bradley Open title and the 1984 Kentucky state doubles title with Paul Kaufman. He has rolled three 800-plus series and 10 300 games.
He was president of the LABA from 1987-1989 and has been the president of the local USBC Youth Association for several years. He and his wife, Nancy, have run the youth program at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland since 1980.
During his first 49 USBC Open appearances, he knocked down 85,428 pins and averaged 194 per game.
"I hope to bowl as long as I am able," Hohensee said of playing in the USBC Open.