The sport of bowling has lost one of its champions tragically when PBA tour champion Tony Reyes was killed when he was struck by a car as he tried to exit his crash damaged vehicle in Redwood City, California.
He competed in 14 seasons on the PBA Tour and won his only title in the 2006 Motor City Classic in Detroit, where he bowled the 18th televised perfect 300-score game in PBA Tour history in the semifinal match against Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III. Reyes went on to defeat Wes Malott in the championship match 255-238.
He also won eight PBA regional titles.
Reyes had cut back on professional competition in recent years to concentrate on his pro shop business and coaching, according to the PBA.
PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in a statement. “You hear descriptions about people all the time as being ‘great guys.’ Well in Tony Reyes’ case, that is an understatement. No one who ever met Tony Reyes didn’t like Tony Reyes. He was a great bowler, a unique talent with a gift of spreading the virtues of the game, a wonderful friend and the sadness we feel is indescribable. Our thoughts are with the Reyes family.”
Reyes graduated from San Jose State University, where he competed on the San Jose State bowling team from 1992-95 and was named First Team All-America in 1993 and 1995. He was also an assistant coach for the San Jose State bowling team.
“Tony Reyes was an amazing person,” Kirk von Krueger, PBA deputy commissioner and longtime PBA Tour director, said in a statement. “When he walked into a room, you just couldn’t help but smile; he simply made you feel good. Tony’s ‘100 watt’ smile was a window into the man inside and it told you everything you needed to know about him.”
Reyes was married and had a 1-year-old daughter.
Reyes finished his career with five PBA Regional Tour titles and earnings in excess of $567,000.