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Tourney champion overcomes cancer

Published June 29, 2005

Bowler Ron Woods is just happy to be alive.

Woods, 60, is the owner of Hudson Bowling Supply, owned Hudson Bowl for 22 years and was a successful competitor in pro tournaments.

He is working less after being diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago.

Woods, whose father, Tom, died of that form of cancer, had surgery and is grateful the problem never has resurfaced. He recommends that people get tested.

"If I didn't have those check-ups, cancer would have killed me," Woods said. "I'm glad I get those check-ups. It's important to get early detection."

Now, he has a lot of living and bowling to do.

Woods won five Professional Bowling Association tournaments and captured the 2003 regional championship in Ocala and 2004 title in Sarasota.

The Bronx, N.Y., native started in the sport when he was 6. He was a regular bowler during high school but stopped for a baseball career that landed him at Fordham University.

Woods and his wife, Maryann, have two children, and both are involved in bowling.

Their daughter, Linda, 36, of Whitefish, Mont., made Team USA and went to the Olympic Training Center. She was a collegiate champion for the Florida Gators in 1990 and '91 and a two-time All-American.

The Woods' son, Kevin, 31, runs Hudson Bowling Supply after formerly owning a New York center.

The Woods family moved to Florida after buying Hudson Bowl in 1979.

"My wife used to want to go bowling," Woods said of his family's start in the activity. "We went out one night when my daughter was young. We were in a place where they were having a tournament. I got more and more interested." The former insurance worker and his wife operated Hudson Bowl for more than two decades before selling it to Dennis and Sue Baldwin. "As a business, I like that everyone can do it," Woods said. "Grandparents can go with their grandchildren. A lot of people go as couples.

"Kids can go in. They all get to play," he said. "Nobody will be on the bench. It doesn't get as competitive as other sports. It's not like someone will go home crying."

Woods continues in the sport as a competitor after amassing 42 perfect games, 11 series of 800 and an 834 series high in 2002.

"It is the type of thing where you can work on it on your own. You can practice at it," Woods said of bowling. "As a bowler, you can pick it up pretty quick. I laid off the sport for 13 years."

Woods knows of one player who proves you can roll at any age.

"My father-in-law, Peter Biela, is 88, and he bowls three or four times a day," Woods said.

Woods and his family will go to the Bowl Expo in Orlando.

"I worked really hard," Woods said of his career. "I worked against some of the best bowlers in the world. I've been kind of lucky."

PARKVIEW LANES: Craig Collins was the Strike-A-Mania winner. He received $69 and finished second in the total series.

Anthony Nott won the series.

Parkview Lanes Dollar Nights are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-10.

Brad Brisco and Karl Hertel had the lowest score in the Summer Golfbowl, recording a 2-under-par 34.

Cherly Lovely and Marvin Brigner won closest-to-pin awards.

John Saltmarsh turned in the best bowling performance with a 277 and 700 series.

Jim Van Gilder shot 246. Following were C.H. Crockett, 233; and Marvin Brigner, 227.

SPRING HILL LANES: Nick Cattroppotook first with a 2,077 total and received $560 in the ESP Signs Invitational.

Dan Blair was second in the 37-player tournament with 1,939 pins for $375. Trailing were Rich Garner, 1,761 and $250; Kevin Williams, 1,672 and $150; and Jim Casale, 1,470 and$47.

Casale also rolled a 300 game and had an 800 series.

If you have announcements, information or comments, contact Larry Bugg at

[Last modified June 29, 2005, 01:18:19]

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