For those of you that have watched Parker Bohn bowl, you know he’s one of the greatest of all time. He just won his 35th PBA title, passing Mark Roth. As well as Parker is bowling, and as good of shape as he’s in, I think he still has a shot to pass Earl Anthony who has 41. For those of you who know Parker, you know he’s a better person than he is a bowler. He always goes the extra mile for everybody. He’s very involved in charity, especially for the handicapped and kids. Parker doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and doesn’t curse. Publically or privately. I’ve never seen him lose his temper on the lanes. He’s such a good guy, I’ll give an example of his personality even in the little things. Parker and I live 5 minutes apart. When hurricane Sandy hit we lost power for a week. Parker has a generator, I don’t. Every morning at 7am the doorbell would ring. I would open the door and there would be a thermos of coffee and Parker would already be gone. So we have here the perfect guy. HOWEVER everybody has their breaking point.
A few years ago Parker and I were invited to play in Yogi Berra’s celebrity golf tournament to raise money for charity. The group Parker was in was two holes behind mine. As I got to the tenth tee there was a tent set up with Prince written on it. Prince tennis racquets were trying to get into the golf business. They had 12 drivers to try. They would ask, “How tall you are…how much loft do you use in your driver?”. Then they would find the driver suited for you. The longest drive would win one of the new Prince drivers. When they asked me I said, “Just give me a lefty driver.” The Prince rep said, “Oh, we don’t have a lefty driver.” I then asked, “What happens if I really catch one off the tee and win the longest drive? What are you going to do, give me a righty driver?”. He said, “Oh, you can’t win the longest drive unless you’re using a Prince driver.” Incredible!! Next to the tent is a lady sitting at a table. You’re supposed to tell her what you think. With a very embarrassed look she says, “Would you like to say anything?”I said, “Yes…you can tell your boss unless he makes a lefty driver you will be the golf company FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE!!!.” She saw the connection and got the joke and laughed.
We play the 10th hole, and the 11th hole comes back toward the 10th tee. As I approach the 11th green, I see Parker on the 10th tee. We’re about 30 yards apart and the Prince rep is telling Parker the same thing he told me. All of a sudden Parker yells loud enough for me to hear,
“WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THAT?”
Later on in the locker room, I said to him, “Parker you not only lost your temper, you said shit!!!”. He said, “That really pissed me off.” Ever since then whenever I lose my temper and get mad at myself for losing it, I remind myself, even Parker Bohn got mad ONCE!
I love you Buddy
cento anni’… Johnny Petraglia