Jeff Richgels has been bowling seriously for nearly four decades and working as a journalist for more than three decades. One actually led to the other as he started in journalism as a bowling columnist and then sports stringer for The Capital Times in 1980, his freshman year of college at UW-Madison, where he earned a journalism degree in 1985.
Richgels has been a PBA member since 1986 and was inducted into the Madison (Wisconsin) Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2008, the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame in 2013. He has won 5 USBC Eagles, 2 Gold Medals bowling for Team USA, 29 PBA Regional titles, and more than 100 state and local tournaments.
Richgels has been a member of the PBA Regional staff of Storm Products since 1996.
Richgels has covered sports, general news, police and courts, county government, business and technology for The Capital Times and now works as an online editor for Capital Newspapers, which includes the websites of The Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal at Madison.com. He has won numerous awards for both his bowling writing and news writing.
Richgels started The 11th Frame bowling blog at Madison.com as a mostly volunteer effort in his free time and now moves it to its own website with ties to Mike Flanagan's popular InsideBowling.com. Insidebowling.com is powered by Bowlspot.com, which Brian Burkhardt created several years ago. 11thframe.com joins this network with Brian as webmaster.
Inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame (Outstanding USBC Performance category) in 2011.
Inducted into the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame in 2013.
Inducted into the Madison Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
When not working or on the lanes, he spends most of his time with his girlfriend Susan Dyhr and likes working out, reading and watching sports. Of course he is a faithful Wisconsin fan following the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers.
Toured in 1987-88 with a high finish of seventh.
29 Titles made up of 28 regional titles and the 1993 National Resident Pro Championship (later the National Regional Players Invitational).
1994 co-Midwest PBA Player of the Year.
1999 Midwest PBA Player of the Year.
USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS (ABC TOURNAMENT):
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Kegler Bowling News Wisconsin Bowler of the year 1984-85.
Member of Ten Pin Journal Wisconsin Team of the Decade of the 1980\'s.
68 career 300 games
27 career 800s series (867 high)
Superior Performance Jeff Richgels
Richgels broke through with his first of four USBC Open Championships victories in the 1986 team event. In 1997, he won the all-events title, rolling 90 clean frames. He also won the doubles and team all-events titles in 2005. The 48-year-old Oregon, Wis., resident also won the 1985 U.S. Team Trials to earn a spot on Team USA that year. He represented Team USA at the FIQ American Zone Championships in Bogota, Colombia, where he won gold medals in team and trios. Richgels has 29 Professional Bowlers Association regional titles to his credit, along with dozens of certified perfect games and numerous certified 800 series. He was the 1985 Wisconsin Bowler of the Year and was inducted into the Madison (Wis.) Hall of Fame in 2008.