To say that Teata Semiz is involved with bowling is an understatement. His
achievements in the national tournaments of the American Bowling Congress won
him a place in the ABC Hall of Fame in 1990. He also racked up three PBA titles
in his early days. And now in the Senior Tour, he’s still at the top.
The smooth right-hander from Wallington, New Jersey, has ranked sixth all-time in the PBA Senior Tour earnings with $363,093 as of June 24, 2000. With eight senior titles, he’s the fourth all-time senior title holder. In 1998, Teata was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in the Veterans/Senior category.
No category stands in Teata’s way when it comes to loving the sport. He teamed up with younger partners to win three PBA Senior/Touring Pro Championships. Teata’s a winner himself too. Pro-am participants and spectators alike clamor for his autograph.
In 1961, an unknown Teata Semiz bowled his first PBA event.... only the 12th in PBA history. He finished 28th and pocketed $350. Seven years later, in Mountainside, New Jersey, Teata won his first title only one week after finishing second. A short two years later, he won again in Rochester. Then came his most famous victory. It was in Miami, 1977. He qualified for the matchgame finals in 24th position, then he charged to the championship.
In the 1991 telecast in Lady Lake, Florida, Teata went on a relentless scoring spree. He bowled games of 269-279-242-254 for a PBA Senior Tour four game TV record of 1,044. However, this wasn’t enough to keep John Handegard at bay. In the final game, John struck out to win 259-254 in the championship match.
Even though he is in his sixties now, Teata’s considered a Super Senior. During one of his finest years on tour, 1996, he made two attempts at tying Dick Weber’s record for the oldest person to win a title. He fell short, finishing third in Pontiac and runner-up in St. Petersburg. But he didn’t drop the dream.
In 1997, at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater PBA Senior Open, he won his first title since 1993. It was this win that Teata did it. The 63 year old now held the venerable record as the oldest person to win a title.
As if bowling weren’t enough, Teata has his golf clubs at the ready. He also has a song in his heart. The Senior Tour was alive with the sound of music when Teata belted out a tune, especially his favorite, "My Way". In a career that has spanned four decades, Teata’s wa
PBA Hall Of Fame
Year Inducted: 1998
Induction Category: Veterans/Senior
Semiz was elected in the Veterans/Senior Category. A testament to his longevity, he bowled in his first PBA event in 1961 and placed 28th. Seven years later, he won his first title in Mountainside, N.J. Semiz's most famous victory came in Miami in 1977 when he qualified for match play in 24th position before charging to the championship. He owns has three PBA Tour titles and eight Senior Tour titles. In addition to his election into the ABC Hall of Fame in 1990, Semiz also owns the Senior Tour record for the highest four-game total on television. He achieved this milestone in Lady Lake, Fla., in 1991 by bowling games of 269-279-242-254 for a total of 1,044. Semiz's latest accomplishment came in 1997 when he surpassed PBA Hall of Famer Dick Weber as the oldest person to win a PBA title (63). His win at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater PBA Senior Open left him in tears because it was his first title sinc