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Native Campbellsvillian Eddie Graham Jr. was honored as one of the latest members of the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame at the 17th Annual Awards Banquet presented by the Dayton Bowling Council on Aug. 9 at the Presidential Banquet Center.
Graham started bowling when he was five years old and by age 16 had become the president of the Kentucky State YABA.
After graduating from Campbellsville High School, he starred for the Western Kentucky University team before managing a bowling center in Glasgow at 21.
He joined the Professional Bowlers Association in 1993 and relocated to Midland, Tex. where he broke several city pin records during his stay.
Graham moved to the Dayton area 15 years ago and made a name for himself in the Gem City.
He has accumulated 28 perfect games and 11 800 series on Dayton-area lanes. His high league average is an astounding 240.
Graham has bowled in 14 city tournaments and has five city titles. He was named all-city in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Nationally, he has participated in 21 USBC Open tournaments with his best performance coming in 1994 in Mobile, Ala. where he shot one of his 300 games. It help propelled him to a fifth-place finish in All Events. In 1996, Graham tossed a perfect game in Salt Lake City during the Masters Tournament.
On the pro scene, Graham has won four PBA regional titles, including the 2007 Resident Pro Invitational in Reno. Graham has qualified twice for the Tournament of Champions and has thrown 11 300 games during his 17 years of PBA competition.
Graham, a respected coach and bowling ball technician, has been staff member for several ball manufacturers including Hammer, Columbia 300 and Brunswick.
Today, the 47-year-old lives in Centerville with his wife, Lisa. They have three daughters — Tori, Callie and Payton (Watson).