Top Payson Area Bowlers Spotlighted

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Carley Freeman

Bowler Spotlight is a new addition to the Roundup’s bowling coverage. Watch for one male and female in the Bowler Spotlight. This edition’s spotlight is on Carley Freeman and Steve Hansen. These two individuals are very much about the Rim Country bowling history in Payson.

Carley Freeman

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Highest game: 264

Highest average: 189

When did you first start bowling? I first started bowling 45 years ago in Torrance, Calif. I started bowling here in Payson in 1988 and the house has been improving every year. It’s just a great place to be during the week.

What inspires you to bowl? The fun of the game and meeting new people every week.

Have you competed in any tournaments? Yes, many tournaments over the years. I won the State Champion of Champions tournament and took second place in Vegas Woman’s tournament that paid me $1,000 in 2000.

What’s been your most embarrassing moment in bowling? I threw back-to-back gutter balls in the Arizona State Tournament.

Who is your favorite pro bowler? Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick and the greatest bowler ever in my opinion, Walter Ray Williams Jr.

What would you like to see happen with the future of our sport? I would like to see bowling back as an Olympic sport and more TV coverage.

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Steven Hansen

Steve Hansen

Hometown: Medford, Ore.

What age were you when you first started bowling? I was a young teenager. PBA member Andy Anderson owned our local bowling center. Andy would let me come in and clean ashtrays and sweep the center for free bowling. It was a bad neighborhood growing up and Andy knew this would keep me off the streets.

What inspired you to bowl? Watching my dad compete when I was a child and Andy Anderson, who was one of the original cardholders for the PBA Tour.

How many 300 games? Two

How many 800 series? Two — none since 1987, that kinda bothers me though.

Have you had any moments in bowling that you would like to forget? Oh yeah. Back home we had local bowling tournaments on our local TV network. I made the TV finals and I bowled on the wrong lane.

Who is your favorite pro bowler? Marshall Hollman. I grew up with him as a kid. Heck, at one time, half the bowlers in Rim Country Lanes were bowling with a ball that Marshall once owned.

What would you like to see happen with bowling? The youth get more involved. They are the future of this sport.

Steve Hansen has been the elite bowler at Rim Country Lanes since the early 1990s. He has held the top average in the house for multiple years.

Steve has been known as the Bowling Phenom here in the Rim Country.

The short time that I have been here at Rim Country Lanes, it has been a pleasure to get to know him and an honor to be able to have him in the Bowler Spotlight.

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