Bowling loses one of its giants

The world of bowling recently lost one of its biggest competitors and personalities as Dave D’Entremont succumbed to a disease he had been fighting for many years. “Double D” as he was known to his friends and bowling competitors was 52.

D’Entremont lived in Middleburg Height, Ohio for many years and competed on the PBA Tour beginning in 1982.

He won six professional titles including the 1996 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. He is in the top 25 in career earnings with a total of $1,371,802.51.

His best career-year on the PBA Tour was in 1995, winning two titles, the Harry Smith Point Leader Award and a career-high $184,075 in earnings.

The amount set a PBA tour earnings record in a single year.

In his tour profile he listed Walter Ray Williams as his toughest opponent and his greatest bowling accomplishment as the ’96 Tournament of Champions win.

D’Entremont won 19 PBA regional titles and rolled 50 career PBA 300 games.

D’Entremont participated in two regional tournaments held at Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg.

His last win on the PBA tour was the 2002 Wichita Open defeating Chris Barnes in the title match, 202-179.

He made 33 career TV appearances and making his final show in 2007. His final full season on tour was in 2010-11, bowling in 10 events and cashing in two.

He earned $8,700 with an overall average of 209. He participated in several regional tournaments before finally retiring in late 2012 due to his lung, wrist and back issues.

Many people made their feelings known on D’Entremont’s Facebook link, but one remark that showed true meaning was a post by his brother Alan “But, most of all, you taught me what a unique honor and privilege it is to be a D’Entremont…that it is more than just our name… a way of life.”

I had the pleasure of competing against Double D on the regional tour in the early 1990s.

His presence was known by his bowling ability and overall stature as a person. Dave would be one of the first competitors to welcome new bowlers to a tournament, just to hand them their first loss.

He bowled across from me during a match in Fairlawn, Ohio. I was 5 foot nothing and 150 pounds soaking wet, but he provided me some helpful hints on the lane conditions that helped me advance in the tournament, though I failed to cash.

He was a towering figure when he competed, but a friendly personality to meet. Rest in peace “Double D.”

The following are the funeral details: Chambers Funeral Home, 4420 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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