GALANTE CAREER A ROLLER COASTER
Ashley Galante’s bowling career can be characterized as a roller coaster.
The 24-year-old right-hander from Palm Harbor, Fla. was a member of Team USA in 2007, and won the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships with Pikeville College and Webber International University. She also won the girl’s Teen Masters in 2007 and finished seventh in the 2009 USBC Queens.
Then changes were made to her game in an effort to improve. However, Galante lost her “A” game, and in the process, lost her confidence.
“When I changed my game, I thought it was for the better, but it wasn’t,” said Galante. “I’m just getting my game back to where it once was, and I worked really hard to get my game back together. It’s been a struggle.”
The struggles of Galante showed early in her two qualifying rounds at the 2013 Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio. She started Day 1 at Columbus Western Bowl with a 139 game. Day 2 at Holiday Lanes began with 170.
However, Galante’s fortunes changed after four games, and saw her move into 14th place after 16 games with a 3,207 total. Using the Hammer Arson Low Flare, Galante finished Day 2 with games of 205, 230, 243 and 237. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., leads the Women’s Open with a score of 3,449.
“I switched to the Arson Low Flare in Game 5, and it gave me more control of the lane, Galante said. “If I missed outside my target, it recovered enough to either strike or leave a makeable spare. If I threw it hard enough, the ball held the pocket.”
Galante has eight more games of qualifying at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. She says that staying in the Top 24 is all mental at this point.
“I know I can do it physically, but mentally, I’ve been trying to let go,” she said. “I just want to bowl my game. I’ve been fighting myself, and as long as I can grind out the first few games, I’ll be fine. I usually get stronger as the block goes on.”
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