Ben Burbine, or “Big Ben” as he has become known, has only been part of the RI Flyers program for a short while. But, during his tenure he has become known as a player who has great potential with high career aspirations. Just recently Ben was accepted at Michigan State where he will study Biology (pre-med), one step closer to his dreams of one day becoming an Eye Surgeon.
Ben has only been bowling for 4years with just a single season focused on competitive bowling. Prior to joining the Flyers organization last summer, Ben bowled as a member of the junior program at North Bowl in Southeastern Massachusetts. Over the summer and through this season Ben has bowled with the Flyers and developed a growing passion for competitive bowling. He will make his debut at the Junior Gold Championships in Detroit this coming summer.
Ben has managed to rack up a few bowling accolades in such a short time though. He has placed very high in several Massachusetts state events and regionally in some Junior Bowlers Tour tournaments. His easy going personality enables him to have a strong mental game seldom seen in bowlers at his experience level and young age. Ben is also a quick learner who has adapted well to changes in his physical game. As a member of the RI Flyers’ Sport Scratch division, he is challenged weekly by competing on some of the most demanding WTBA Patterns and against a very talented field.
Off the lanes Ben is an outstanding student at Bishop Feehan High School. In addition to keeping up with his school work and working on his game, he regularly volunteers at Horace Mann Educational Associates assisting people with developmental disabilities.
The Flyers will miss his easy going personality off the lanes and his competitive nature on the lanes but, with the knowledge that Coach Karl Nickolai has an eye for talent we know he will be getting one of the most coachable athletes around with a high potential for further growth in the sport. We are also confident that Ben will have an immediate positive impact on the Michigan State team.
Ben, the Flyers’ coaching staff is very proud of your accomplishment and your example to all of the bowlers in the program and to those that read this article.
Fran Varin is a USBC Silver certified coach who coaches throughout Rhode Island. He is also a coach for the Rhode Island Flyers and Bryant University. He can be reached at email@example.com