Alex Burbine, 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 Alex was accepted at Hastings College where he will be a Pharmacy major.
Prior to joining the Flyers organization two seasons ago, he bowled as a member of the junior program at North Bowl in Southeastern Massachusetts. Since that time Alex has bowled with the Flyers and developed a growing passion for competitive bowling. “Going to college in general is a dream of mine, but now that I can bowl there too is unbelievable. It means the world that I can do what I love and get a quality education.”
Alex’s journey has been one of constant refinement and learning the details of the competitive side of bowling. But through all the hard work and concentration required to excel in such a rigorous program, Alex will be joining his brother Ben as a Bronco at Hastings. Both of them were recruited heavily at the Junior Gold event in Detroit, MI last summer. “I chose this school because it is a new team so the kids would be in the same situation I am in, just trying to learn.”
Alex has a high ceiling for growth in the sport and competing at the collegiate level is his next logical step. However, with all of the success he has had both on and off the lanes he always remembers his roots. “I would like to thank my mom for putting up with me through the years and coach Fran Varin for guidance on how to keep my head in the game.” Alex realizes he is a role model to the younger bowlers in the Flyers program and offers the following words of advice for those striving to follow in his footsteps. “I would say that the key to bowling is to play like it’s for fun and not get angry.”
The Flyers will miss his easy going personality off the lanes and his competitive nature on the lanes but, with the knowledge that Hastings College 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 Alex will have an immediate positive impact as a Bronco.
Alex, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org