Danny Wiseman is glad to be coming home.
Wiseman, a Professional Bowlers Association Tour performer from Dundalk, will be in town to defend his $150,000 PBA Open championship at Fair Lanes Kings Point in Randallstown Feb. 24-March 2.
"I can't wait to get there and compete again," said Wiseman, who won two titles on last year's tour and a total of $81,156. "Winning last year was something I'll remember all my life. I believe that I can win it again this year. Everything came together for me last year in Baltimore. I had been bowling well, just like this year, and then bowling before the home fans and my friends and relatives, I got pumped up and won my first title.
"I've cashed in three of five tournaments this year, and, while I know I still have a lot of work to do on my game, I feel good and bowling well. Winning in Baltimore was great, but when I won at Riverside [the Kessler Classic in Riverside, Calif.], I knew I belonged on the tour. I didn't want to be a one-time champion. I want to be able to win 10, maybe even 20 titles on the tour, and I think I can do it."
Wiseman, who began bowling at Fair Lanes Dundalk at 4 and rolled his first 300 game at 15 in the same house, said the tour is a tough grind, but he believes he has the right attitude and temperament to handle the constant traveling and bowling in strange establishments.
"I'm a young guy, only 23, and I went to be in this game forever," he said. "This is the greatest sport in the world, and I always want to be a part of it. I love the competition and I even love the traveling. With my winnings last year, I bought a motor home, and now my wife, Lisa, and I have our 'home' with us wherever we go. The hotel bit got a little too much. Now after I bowl, I go home to my house right in back of each lanes were bowling in."
Wiseman said he would have to make $150,000 to $200,000 not to have a sponsor on the tour.
"My sponsor [Sportsplus of Virginia] has been very good to me, and there is no reason not to say with them," Wiseman said. "With the economic crunch, a lot of guys on the tour who had sponsors are suffering, but I'm in great shape."