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Anthony Chapman started bowling at age 12, but he began to concentrate more on his bowling skills following a football injury to his left arm that ended his career as the quarterback for DeMatha High School. Since that time, he has accomplished a great deal as a bowler:
- 1988-89 — Won Young America Bowling Alliance Vir-Mar District all-events title, averaging 219 for nine games. ... Won Maryland Tenpin Council Scholarship and used it to attend the University of Maryland. ... In his final two years of YABA competition, he averaged over 200 in his league at Parkland.
- 1989-1990 — Collegiate All-American at the University of Maryland.
- 1989-1995 — Six-time Team USA Maryland state champion.
- 1992 — Won Men’s U.S. National Amateur Championship in Chula Vista, Calif., over 170 contestants that automatically made him captain of 1993 Team USA. ... Won Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) World Youth All-Events gold medal in Mampote, Venezuela. ... Was first African-American to win both titles. ... Named Amateur Bowler of the Year by Bowling Digest and Bowlers Journal magazines.
- 1993 — Won FIQ American Zone Adult All-Events gold medal in Guadalajara, Mexico. Also won gold medals in triples, singles, and team events for Team USA in Guadalajara. ... His Team USA won The Challenge of the Hemispheres International Friendship Tournament in Vernon Hills, Ill., by 57 pins over Canada. His last three games of 268-238-224 decided the match. ... With Team USA, he won a gold, two silvers, and a bronze medal in the Japan World Friendship Matches in various cities throughout Japan.
- 1994 — Won a gold in doubles and a bronze in team in the FIQ American Zone Youth finals in Monterey, Mexico.
- 2001 — Won The National Bowling Association (TNBA) Men’s Doubles championship in Detroit with William Ripley. ... Won World Match Game New Year’s Day 10-Game Marathon in a field of 200-plus in New Brunswick, N.J.
- 2003 — Member of champion TNBA Eastern Regional mixed team that went on to win the TNBA National Mixed Team title in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he also won the TNBA National Rhodman Singles Championship. ... Member of Storm National Mixed Team champions in Reno, Nev. ... Member of Brunswick Five-Man Team Challenge winners in Windsor Locks, Conn.
Anthony, a member of the Greater Washington Bowling Senate Hall of Fame, won the Nation’s Capital Area Masters scratch event five times, has rolled 22 perfect games and 14 800 series (with a high of 836), and he carried the highest individual average for regular team members in the NCABA the past two seasons, averaging 238 in the RTR league at Rinaldi’s Riverdale Bowl for 69 games in 2002-2003 and 238 for 67 games in 2003-2004.
Anthony Chapman has demonstrated excellence on the lanes locally, nationally, and around the world. He is an outstanding addition to the NCABA Hall of Fame.