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Tucsonan William DeHaven joined select company Friday when he bowled in his 50th United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

DeHaven, 88, who served as USBC president from 1984-85, is the 104th bowler in the 106th year of the event to compete in 50 tourneys.

He made his first tournament appearance at the 1940 event in Detroit. It took him longer to reach 50, he told the USBC’s Matt Cannizarro, because of World War II and personal reasons over the years.

His walk down Center Aisle at Cashman Center ranks right up there with becoming the organization’s president.

“I would say this is tied for first, right along side being president,” DeHaven told Cannizarro. “I was once told that walking down Center Aisle is like walking out to the mound at Yankee Stadium. That’s exactly how it felt.”

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