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Cliff Konrad



Born Dec. 21, 1928 in Tripp. Went to school in Kaylor and Tripp. Finished HS education while in the military in 1952. Perhaps the greatest bowler that South Dakota has produced, Konrad has rolled an astounding 33 perfect games, 13 of which were sanctioned. He has rolled 10 800 series with a high of 847. The 75-year-old has won 21 state titles (men, Legion, VFW and BPAA). He averaged 200 or more for 40 years. His highest average was 228 in 1976. His feats are all the more impressive considering he didn?t get serious about bowling until he was in his early 30s. Konrad was a farmer until 1961, when a ruptured disc in his back prompted him to take a job as manager of the Parkston bowling alley. In 1968, he moved to Mitchell, where he managed the Village Bowl for 25 years. A 35-year member of the Professional Bowlers Association, Konrad won one PBA regional tourney (the Midwest Regional in 1973) and competed part-time on the PBA Senior Tour from 1982-2002 (his best finish was ninth at the Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas, won by Dick Weber). He was a regional representative for the PBA for 10 years, the first South Dakotan in that post. In 1977 he was part of a doubles tandem that had the highest score in the nation (1557) and in 1979 he was part of a four-man team that had the highest single game score in the nation (2,976). He was inducted into the South Dakota Bowling Hall of Fame in 1986. Baseball was his first love. A shortstop, he had a pro tryout at age 17, played baseball in the service and played amateur baseball for about 20 years. (2-PERSON PHOTO IS CLIFF WITH PBA HALL OF FAMER EARL ANTHONY)










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