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Rod Toft

Pioneer Superior Performance

Started bowling in AJBC (American Junior Bowling Congress) leagues in 1961.  During his career Rod captured 70 titles including international, national, state and local.  Earned his first major title as a Minnesota Gopher in team event in the 1966 Big Ten Championship tournament.  In 1979 and 1984 he was one of two men representing the United States in the Tournament of the Americas.  In the 1979 tournament Rod placed first in all-events, singles, doubles and his USA team placed second in National all-events.  In the 1984 tournament his USA team placed first in National all-events and team event, and his doubles team placed second.  Also, in the 1984 Tournament of the Americas, he was awarded the “Sportsmanship Award”.  During the 1984 tournament Rod established a then tournament record all time high series any event by scoring 792 in doubles.  He also helped establish several other records with his fellow USA team members.

Also bowled in the IX Pan American Games in Caracas in 1983.  His team placed 1st in National all-events and he placed second in doubles with ABC hall-of-famer Rich Wonders and second in team event that included Mary Lou Vining-Berg (note: two of the four bowlers representing the United States in the IX Pan American Games were from St. Paul).

Also bowled in the 10th FIQ World Tournament in Caracas in 1983 where his team finished second.  Qualified (must have finished in top ten in ABC all-events) a record four times for the United States FIQ tryouts.  He finished as alternate in 1977 and 1981, first in 1983 and qualified for 1985 but was unable to compete due to knee problems.  Participated as a member of the USA team in the 1984 International Amateur Individual Bowling tournament and placed 6th.

Major accomplishments in the ABC National tournament include placing first in individual all-events in 1981, second in 1984, fourth in 1977 and 14th in 1982; first in team event in 1984, and first in team all-events in 1984 and, again, in 1985.  In 1978 Rod and St. Paul partners Rich Hommes and Mickey Carl finished first and second, respectively, in the Peterson Classic doubles; in the 1983 Hoinke Classic Rod won the ten game scratch singles event with a 242.9 average.  In the 1980 Bowlers Journal, he and ABC hall-of-famer Earl Johnson won doubles and Rod finished second in singles that included a 300 game against 3 lb. 11 oz. pins.

Included in his state titles are the 1978 Minnesota Masters title, the Minnesota State Association 1968 Straightaway singles, the 1973 Straightaway team, and the 1975 Straightaway doubles.  Won four CBA (Central Bowler’s Association) titles.  Included in his city titles is the 1972 St. Paul Masters title, and for the years 1973 through 1985 Rod captured 16 St. Paul City Association tournament titles.  Won Class AA (AA was the “Open” division at the time) in the St. Paul 700 Club tournament a record four times: 1968, 1979, 1980 and 1981.  Won seven Midwest Senior Classic (MSC) titles.

Has received the following honors for his bowling: United States Olympic Committee's "Sportsman of the Year" for ABC members in 1984, Bowling Digest's "Amateur of the Year" for 1984, member of Bowler's Journal 1984 "Amateur All-American Team", member of the 29th Bowling All-American 3rd team, Bowler's Journal "Amateur of the Year" first runner-up 1979, "Bowling" magazine's "Captain" of the "ABC All Star Team" for the decade of the 80's.  CBA All Star team two times, St. Paul All City team nine times and King of St. Paul bowlers one time.

Last Updated : Jan-01-2013