Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 14, 2009

BSC Professor Owensby bowls his way into hall of fame


He’s bowled against several PBA Hall of Fame stars, including Mark Roth, George Pappas, and Guppy Troup.

“I’ve finished as high as third place in two events,” he added. “Once I was beaten by George Pappas and Troup, but it’s hard to feel too bad when the only competitors to beat you are two Hall of Famers.”

Along the way, he’s helped to blaze some trails at Bluefield State College.

“We started a team at BSC in 1982 and, in 1991, we won the Southern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference, beating teams from North Carolina State, North Carolina, Clemson, and Virginia Tech.

“Some of my best memories are from the years with the BSC team,” he said.

In fact, Don Bury (BSC Professor and Department Head/ Architec-tural Engineering Technology) and former BSC bowling team captain Brian Foy still bowl together on a regular basis.

“In fact, for the past 10 summers, we’ve bowled at different houses in the region every Tuesday night,” Owensby said.

“Last summer, Brian and Don began to ask questions about my bowling experiences and they worked with my wife, Pat, to get the information used to nominate me for the state Hall of Fame.”

A Certified Mine Foreman-Fireboss for West Virginia, Owensby is active as a campus organization sponsor and former chair of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Explora-tion/Southeast Region.

“Bowling has become a useful tool in the classroom,” he added. “I use bowling analogies to explain rotational dynamics, torque on the ball, converting resting energy to kinetic energy, and friction of the ball on the lane to describe principles of physics.”

Although the sport has changed, Owensby has been able to adapt.

“It used to be that power and accuracy — putting a lot of lift on the ball — were the keys. Now, it’s accuracy and spin, not lift,” he analyzed. “The challenge is to be able to adapt as conditions change.”

“Every time I step on the approach, I want to make my best shot,” he said.

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