Pete Couture was a respected member of the Professional Bowlers Association for 24 years, winning five PBA titles.
But Pete was not finished after 24 years. Instead, he reinvented himself and went from star to super star when he joined the senior tour.
Pete was the PBA50 Rookie of the Year in 1995 and in 1998 was the PBA50 Player of the Year; one of only 9 bowlers to collect both awards, all of whom are Hall of Famers.
In 1995 Pete won the first of his nine PBA50 titles in Reno. He captured a pair of USBCS Senior Titles in 1998 and 2002.
In addition, Pete had 5 other top 10 senior Master finishes and in a span of 20 years he had a USBC Open Championship average of 203.
Growing up in New England, Pete won more than 20 state and local association titles in Maine and Connecticut.
He was inducted into the Central Connecticut and Connecticut State Bowling Associations Halls of Fame in 1993 and the USBC Hall of Fame in 2004.
Pete worked at Bradley Bowl from 1972-1991. He then moved to Florida.
Besides being a great bowler, he was an avid golfer for more than 50 years.
Earlier in his life he also played tennis.
Pete thrived on competition and loved playing pool, backgammon, and darts. He kept a competitive dart board in the back of his pro shop at Bradley Bowl and he was known to play between servicing customers.
Along the way Pete earned the respect of his fellow bowlers.
After Pete died PBA members Marshall Holman and Bill Spigner, remembered Pete as a great competitor and one of the toughest, hardest -working players in the sport.
Pete Couture garnered Hall of Fame credentials before he turned 50; but he was only hitting his stride.
Pete rose to rarified status on the senior bowling tour. Like a fine wine he got better with age.