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HAMMOND | Rick Woloszyn has no regrets.

The Griffith resident has held averages in excess of 230 for years, and, maybe with a little polish, his game could have earned him a spot on the pro tour.

"Sure, it would be nice," Woloszyn said. "But how are (PBA bowlers') family lives? I have some things they don't."

He says he has respect, not envy, for those who've made a career of bowling.

Woloszyn, now 50, flirts with the idea of traveling with the PBA Senior Tour -- at least as it goes through the Midwest. This year, he's bowled in the Midwest Region Showtime Senior Open in Virden, Ill., where he finished 31st, and the PBA Senior Dayton Classic in Ohio (82nd).

He'll be one of the fan favorites this week at Olympia Lanes in Hammond for the PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open, which starts with practice Monday and competition Tuesday through Thursday.

"This one is more important to me because it's here (in the Region)," Woloszyn said. "Making the (Greater Calumet Area USBC Bowling Association) Hall of Fame was a validation of my peers, but a pro stop win would be absolute validation."

It's easy to say that Woloszyn shouldn't still be looking for validation, with more than 30 perfect games, 18 series of 800-plus, two Proprietor Cup titles, a GCABA team title, a GCABA doubles title and American Legion singles and team actual championships to his credit.

But Woloszyn knows he's still got plenty of bowling left in him.

"You've never done enough," Woloszyn said. "Who's ever going to catch Walter Ray (Williams)? But he's still out there."

As for this week, Woloszyn just wants to cash. He's been working with local pros Eugene McCune and Kenny Parks to get to know the professional oil patterns. Woloszyn said his style works well with long patterns while he tends to struggle on shorter ones.

"(The pros) do have advantages, though. They know the shots and have more opportunities to bowl," he said. "But I know I have the game enough to play with them."

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