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Metzler selected to bowling Hall of Fame

Years of dedication to the sport leads to nomination for Performance/Meritorious Service
North Liberty’s Dave Metzler prepares to launch the ball at Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids. Metzler, who has been bowling for over 45 years, has been named to the Iowa State USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame for Performance/Meritorious Service. He will be inducted in March in Johnston. (File photo by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY– Dave Metzler not only loves to bowl, he loves the sport, and loves being an ambassador for it.
“Anybody can do it; you can be 5 or 95 and still do it. It’s never to late to jump in and get started, or too early,” he said in 2018 after bowling his 27th 300 game.
Metzler, from North Liberty, has been in the sport for over 45 years and picked up his 29th 300 game in April of 2019. He’s had many accomplishments beyond racking up perfect games on the lanes, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Petersen Classic.
He became a back-to-back champion in the Charles “Squeak” Fountain Senior Scratch Bowling Association Tournament in Ottumwa in February of 2019. In 2018, Metzler marked his 40th consecutive appearance in the National Bowling Tournament in Syracuse, New York.
Now, he has an even bigger honor awaiting him. Metzler recently received word that he was nominated as a candidate to the Iowa State USBC (United States Bowling Congress) Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame in the Performance/Meritorious Service category. The Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association nominated him, and after consideration by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the Board of Directors approved him for the recognition.
Metzler’s passion for the sport included purchasing Coral Lanes in Coralville in 1993 with part of his winnings from being runner-up in the 1993 Petersen Classic tournament in Chicago. Unfortunately, the flood of 1993 had other ideas, and Metzler watched his investment destroyed under 4 feet of floodwater.
While Metzler enjoys hitting the rare 300 game and winning tournaments, it’s the people who keep him in the sport. “You meet a lot of good people and friends. It’s just a great sport,” he said in 2018, adding, “Bowling’s been a great experience for me, and hopefully continues on for a few more years.”
About the Hall of Fame selection, Metzler said, “Well, it looks like all those hours of being in a bowling center paid off! What a great honor, it makes me very happy!”
The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Johnston.