Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, is a new name on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, and a young one, at that.
Last February, he became the youngest player in history to win a major on the PBA Tour when he defeated Canada’s Dan MacLelland at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters. Simonsen was 19 years and 39 days the day he won.
A month before, he won his first PBA national title with Connor Pickford at the Mark/Roth Marshall Holman doubles just two days shy of becoming the youngest overall PBA Tour winner.
Simonsen also landed himself on Junior Team due to a stellar performance at the 2016 USBC Team USA Trials, and his continued success later earned him an invite to join adult Team USA for 2016.
His international debut with Junior Team USA came at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships this summer.
The young two-hander’s list of accomplishments goes on, and there is no doubt Simonsen is going to be a force on the PBA Tour.
We had the chance to ask him a few questions to get to know him a little bit better, on and off the lanes.
IAB: What sparked your love for bowling?
AS: I think bowling being the first sport I participated in at a young age helped spark my love for the game.
IAB: Before you won your first major, what was your favorite bowling memory?
AS: My favorite memory would be one of two things – either bowling 300,300,227,300 or winning my first career PBA Tour title with Connor Pickford.
IAB: What is something most people may not know about you?
AS: Most people do not know I left school at an early age to pursue my bowling career.
IAB: What is/was your favorite tournament to bowl in, and why?
AS: I think anything that involves a team – doubles, trios, five-person – it doesn’t matter. Having teammates behind you every shot makes it a lot of fun. Also, if you win, being able to share the moment with others is a great feeling.
IAB: If you could only bring three things with you onto a deserted island, what would you bring?
AS: A pillow, blanket and pizza! I’d be set for life!
IAB: Who do you look up to in the bowling industry most? Why?
AS: Chris Johnson. He has done great things for the sport, on and off the lanes. He’s someone I have looked up to for a long time.
IAB: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
AS: Chicken, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes
IAB: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
AS: “Strikes are for show, spares win the dough!”
IAB: What made you want to join the PBA Tour?
AS: Becoming a PBA title-holder has always been a dream of mine. I grew up watching the Tour every Sunday as well as recordings all the time. I thought, what better time than now.
IAB: What is your very first memory of bowling on the national Tour?
AS: My first memory would have to be when Connor Pickford and I led the Roth/Holman doubles event. Leading my first Tour event will be something I always remember.
IAB: What do you in your free time on Tour, if you have any?
AS: Normally, I just kind of sit back and relax with friends. Bowling every weekend takes a toll on your body. I try to relax whenever it’s possible.
IAB: If you could only have one bowling ball for the rest of your career, what would it be?
AS: Storm IQ Tour Nano
Thank you Anthony, for giving us an inside look into your story and into your success!