Former Eagle River resident elected to PBA Hall of Fame

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 22:40
  • Eagle River’s Ron Mohr lets go of a shot during the All Mixed Up Baker tournament on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Eagle River Bowl. The tournament paired high school bowers with top adult bowlers from the Anchorage area. In 2017, Mohr was elected to the Professional Bowlers Hall of Fame. (Star file photo/Matt Tunseth)

How does someone reach the peak of their sport? A million push-ups doesn’t hurt.

Former Eagle River resident Ron Mohr credited his fitness regimen with helping him go from talented amateur to a recent inductee into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame.

“I found out probably in my 30s, not many bowlers were doing that sort of thing,” Mohr said in an Oct. 18 press release announcing his induction.

Mohr is well known in local bowling circles, and as a professional bowler has frequently returned to Alaska to work with youth bowlers.

The 61-year-old will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame Feb. 17, 2018 alongside 18-time PBA Tour winner Chris Barnes and the late Dave Mitchell, a bowling center owner and PBA host.

Mohr is a two-time Senior PBA (now called PBA50) Player of the Year, winning in 2009 and 2011. A former FAA air traffic controller, Mohr lived in Eagle River for nearly three decades before moving to Las Vegas. He’s a nine-time PBA50 winner who has earned more than $300,000 in winnings since joining the tour in 2008. He’s also a four-time member of Team USA who in July ended a five-year slump by winning the PBA50’s South Shore Open in Hammond, Indiana.

ohr has also been the tour’s top over-60 player since reaching that milestone in 2016.

Mohr credited his fitness routine with helping him stay atop the sport for as long as he has.

“It could help me physically, but also mentally because I knew not many others were doing that sort of thing,” he said in the release. “It became a habit, relaxed me, and I’ve kind of continued that.”

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