By GENE PHELPS
Former Tupelo High all-state bowler Tim Hartigan has spent the last year going to college and bowling in tournaments around the country.
However, something was missing.
The school part was fine. Hartigan attended Itawamba Community College as a freshman and began the process of earning a degree and becoming a high school history teacher.
“I love ICC,” he said. “I had a good year.”
What Hartigan missed most from his high school days was being a member of a bowling team. The Golden Wave won five consecutive state championships while he was there.
“I’ve bowled a lot of single tournaments this year, but I missed the enjoyment of bowling with a team … I want to be part of a team again,” he said.
Hartigan was recruited by colleges for bowling while in high school, but wasn’t satisfied with any of the offers. That’s why he opted to go to ICC and wait.
“He went to a bunch of tournaments this year and made a lot of contacts,” said Hartigan’s father, Kevin, who owns Tupelo’s Rebelanes. “He bowled in the nationals this year and got an offer.”
Martin Methodist, an NAIA school in Pulaski, Tenn., offered him a tryout, then a scholarship.
“He got a wonderful scholarship offer,” Kevin Hartigan said. “He missed the team aspect of bowling and he wanted to bowl in college.
“Martin Methodist has a really good program and a good coach. They finished 34th in the nation last year.”
Martin Methodist coach Norm Titus, a former member of the Professional Bowlers Tour (PBA), sees a lot of potential in his newest RedHawks team member.
“I really like Tim’s poise, he’s wise beyond his years in bowling terms,” Titus said. “He’s a big kid with a lot of power. He’s really focused. He’s better than your average college bowler right now.
“He’s a special individual.”
Hartigan is excited about his return to team bowling.
“I was a part of five state championships in high school, maybe now I can be part of a national championship team,” Hartigan said.