He governs and he bowls.
Bruce Smallacombe is the mayor of Jermyn, but when it comes to bowling he's just like the rest of us. It's a sport he loves and he happens to be pretty good at it. In fact he was good enough to receive something that every amateur bowler dreams about.
Bruce was got an invite to participate at the USBC Masters. The USBC Masters is a chance for the top amateurs and professional bowlers in the world. The USBC Masters invite is the first one that Bruce had ever received.
When asked about the USBC Masters Bruce said, "It's like the Masters in golf with Tiger Woods. It's the best of the best. I learned a lot, it was a learning experience more than anything," he said. "I struggled a little bit."
The lanes at the tournament the way the lanes are slicked with oil an amateur bowler has to adjust their style of play. He talked about how he had to stand in different spots and throwing at different angles.
He said, "I can go up to Valley Lanes and throw a strike almost every time I want. Here, if you miss by one board, it slides."
The 468 competitors, including Hall of Famer Pete Weber, were eased into the weeklong competition with a pro-am practice last Monday. He bowled with six different pros and made a lot of friends and even got a lot of autographs.
Mayor Smallacombe said depending on where the next USBC Masters is he might try to compete in the Masters.