PARKLAND, FL- Westglades Middle Schooler Vincent Ciullo has made the best of the quarantine season in South Florida. The Parkland resident and rising star bowler has found ways to continue to progress in recent months. Overall, the incoming 8th grader has progressed from bowling as a hobby to reaching a high game of 212 and earning scholarship money in just a few years.
Vincent first began bowling as a 3-year-old living in Tamarac, bowling frequently at Sawgrass Lanes. He took an interest in bowling right away, and was done with bumpers by the time he turned four.
By the age of five, Vincent had begun to bowl competitively. He took bowling lessons, and at the end of the 10-week program, his coach Ashley said it was time to move Vincent up to the Bright Stars League where he could earn scholarship money towards college. Vincent was enjoying all aspects of the game, including the unique equipment and the friends he was making at competitions.
"Bowling is fun and you make friends with people you bowl with and against," shares Vincent. "There are also hundreds of different bowling balls to choose from. Balls can be designed for specific shots, for example, to make a spare so the sport is always new and exciting."
In 2014, Vincent started bowling in Bright Stars Summer League and in 2015 he started competing in tournaments. His first tournament was in January 2015 at the Eleanor Livesay Memorial Scholarship Tournament. Not only did he compete well, but it was the beginning of a longer career in competitive bowling that continues today.
Spring of 2020 was uniquely challenging due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
"This year was definitely challenging in light of COVID-19, the League came to an early end in March," says Vincent. "We drove to Port St. Lucie in June when their bowling alleys were re-opened so I could bowl for the first time in 3 months- this is one sport you can’t practice at home!"
Vincent competed in the Florida State USBC Tournament on June 27-28, 2020. The masked spectators watched the event as the kids bowled with masks on as well. Vincent bowled his first league and tournament high score of 193.
He continues to enjoy his young bowling career. The success and competition are a healthy challenge for Vincent Ciullo. He is training and looking ahead to the 2021 Pepsi Tournament.
"I keep competing because I really love bowling in general, and I have been bowling for 9 years," he summarizes. "Every time I bowl, there’s always some sort of amazing spare, or a miracle strike, so it really is a great sport to play and watch. One day I hope to bowl a perfect game- 300!"
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