Wes Malott first tried bowling as a 10-year-old in South Austin. Twenty-six years later, the Crockett High alum owns eight P.B.A. titles, including a prestigious U.S. Open win, which he locked down Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
"There's a few guys out on tour that have made tons of major shows and still don't have that major win," said Malott, "and I was starting to be classified as one of those. To do it at the U.S. Open on the most grueling pattern that we bowl on throughout the year just makes it mean that much more to me."
The U.S. Open win was worth $50,000 to Malott, who has now earned over a million dollars in his 13 year career.
"You see me out on tour and that's actually kind of when I get away and I'm able to relax a little bit," said Malott.
The married father of three stays busy when he's not on tour by working four to five days a week at Highland Lanes in North Austin. He and his friend Gary Robinson co-own the pro shop.
"Obviously the tour right now is kind of rebounding if you want to say and some things are really looking positive for the future," said Malott. "(We're) still not bowling every week like we were but it also helps with the business and the family to be able to spend a little more time with them."
Malott's next tour event will be in November at the World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas.