By Phyl Knoll

ANTHONY J. ROSE of Carpinteria, son of Frank and Leanne Rose, graduated at age 16 from the Kolbe Academy High School in Napa and is currently a second-year student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is majoring in Hotel Administration and Events Management and continues to maintain an impressive 3.95 GPA, holding current membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) as well as Who’s Who’s Among American High School Students.

Before going off to college, Anthony, who is more often addressed as “Tony” by his fellow members of the Golden Empire USBC, served on the association Board of Directors and as a GEUSBC Youth Representative. He served as Youth League President, three years; was the Youth Scratch League Organizer for two years; and PBA Experience League Secretary. Tony became a member of the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association following his appointment 2009-2010 to the NCBCA Academic All-American Team and has recently received word that the NCBCA named him to the 2010-2011 Team. To be selected to the NCBCA team, a bowler must be a United States Bowling Congress collegiate athlete who has a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale. Tony is the Founder and Director of a Youth Traveling League which has provided over $7,500 in scholarships. He was awarded the Don Glover Youth Sportsmanship Award “for exceptional leadership qualities and dedication to the betterment of youth bowling”

In addition to exhibiting an excellent academic and leadership profile, Tony has become an outstanding bowler. Although his parents were not bowlers, Tony was introduced to bowling at age 11 by close members of the family who convinced him to join a summer youth league at Regency Lanes, in Bakersfield. Tony was hooked! He bowled all the local and state youth tournaments and not long after, Tony’s brother Ty, joined him in those youth activities. Since then Tony has been BVL District Champion three times (2007-2009) and State Champion twice (2007, 2008); and qualified to become a member of the Southern California Junior Amateur Tour and Junior Bowlers Tour and participated in the Junior World Team Challenge (2007-2010). He qualified and participated in the Teen Masters National Finals (2008) and is a member of the USBC Junior Gold Program since 2007 and will participate in this year’s Junior Gold Championship in Las Vegas, July 9-15. Among his many first place finishes, Tony regards very special his winning First Place in the Youth Travel Tournament and being named Bowler of the Year with High Season Point Totals.

In the collegiate arena, Tony continues to improve his game under the table assistance of Coaches Joey Shugart and Tad Kanae, during an almost year-round schedule. Practice runs from June through August and tournament competition September through April. Tony was a member of the 2010-2011 First Place Collegiate Team Events and was chosen as an alternate for the A-Team at the Intercollegiate Team Sectionals the past two years.

In addition to carrying a course overload for three semesters in addition to his position as a Teaching Assistant for the top Hotel College Professor, Tony works 20-40 hours per week as a Customer Solutions Specialist for Go Wireless; and attends monthly meetings and activities for the NSCS and the UNLV Chapter of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. With time permitting, Tony, enjoys the mountains, various Water Sports, Basketball, and working out at the Gym. However, in spite of such a full agenda, this young man remembers where he came from. He noted “Bowling has been a vital element in my life both on and off the lanes; however, “I have never lost sight of all my immediate family members who believed in my ability and supported me all the way… as well as the Regency Lanes “bowling family”…. The Moody Family, the late Margie Langdon, Vernon Spangler, DC Williams and Bette Addington, just to name a few.”

Anthony J Rose will be honored and presented his awards during our 2011 Annual Meeting at the CUSBC Convention at the Ontario Radisson, June 12th.

UPDATE DEC 2016: Anthony received two top awards from Expedia — Person of the Year and Influencer of the Year today at Bellagio in Las Vegas! Congratulations!