Bowling: New hall of famer Fred Nystrom still loves the game
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent November 5, 2013 8:24PM
Fred Nystrom will be inducted into the LakeShore Bowling Association Hall of Fame on Sunday. | Antohny Nasella/For the Post-Tribune
Updated: November 6, 2013 2:40PM
For the all award scores he’s bowled and years involved in bowling, Hobart’s Fred Nystrom has found the most fulfilling moments in the sport when he’s simply on the lanes with his friends — some of whom he likens to brothers.
Nystrom, who will be formally inducted on Sunday into the LakeShore Bowling Association Hall of Fame, started bowling at Cressmoor Lanes when he returned home from serving in Vietnam in 1971.
In the 40-plus years since, he’s carried a lifetime average around 200 with career-best high average of 234, rolled 17 300 games in five different centers, five 800 series, and had the honor of being teammates and friends with just about every notable bowler in the region.
For years, Nystrom was teammates with Fred Arwood, Jack McWhirter and the late Gene Rhoda and Frank Arndt. He has also been teammates with Gordy Baer, Dick Bliss, Bob Hileman, Tony Hollandsworth and Jeff Snuffer. He said McWhirter and Mark Milsap are like brothers.
“I just like people and I can’t make enough friends,” Nystrom said. “When I bowled with Jack, Fred, Gene and Frank, we not only looked forward to bowling together, but we also had a good time. I’m all about having fun and bowling well, and I was able to do both with those guys.
“Jack and Mark are both hall of fame bowlers and they’ve taken my family into theirs. They’re also good teachers who have helped me and supported me over the years. I’m very lucky to have them as friends.”
Nystom’s love of the sport, regardless of whether the award scores are consistent or not, has not wavered.
“I bowl three and four nights a week and I look forward to those nights,” he said. “I love the game ... it’s the greatest game out there. I haven’t had many award scores in the past year or so, but I still have my moments. I’m now 63, so it gets tougher as you get older.”
But Nystrom keeps young when bowling with local young sharpshooters like Jason Schipper and Dave Fowble.
“They’re phenomenal bowlers,” he said. “I’m playing in, and they’re swinging it 40 boards. It’s fun watching them.”
In order to stay competitive, Nystrom admits he consistently buys new equipment and has been aided by Bill Morton’s pro shop expertise in the past and Daryl Weimer’s at D’s Pro Shop more recently.
“Nobody can get anywhere in this sport without the right support,” he said. “If Daryl thinks there’s a ball that’s good for me, he’ll suggest it and drill it up. I have to keep up with the equipment, but thankfully I have great friends on the lanes that make it all worth it.”