ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, has been elected as an athlete representative to the United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors.
Pate takes over the position held by former Team USA member Rhino Page, who stepped down to focus on new business opportunities within the bowling industry. Page has served on the USBC Board for five years.
“I appreciate the opportunity given to me by my fellow athletes to serve on the USBC Board,” Pate, 25, said. “Bowling has given me so much, and I’m excited to take part in helping lead our sport in the future.”
Pate was selected by the USBC Athletes Advisory Council to complete Page’s three-year term, which runs through July 31, 2020.
USBC Bylaws, in accordance with United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) requirements as the National Governing Body of the sport, state at least 20 percent of the USBC Board must be comprised of Team USA athletes, who are to be elected by Team USA athletes.
Pate is a three-time member of Team USA (2017, 2019, 2020), earning a spot on this year’s team with a fifth-place finish at the USBC Team Trials. He made the 2019 team with a third-place finish, earned one of two men’s spots, along with Jakob Butturff, on Team USA for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and won the gold medal in both singles and doubles at the event.
He also was a member of the team that captured gold at the Pan Am Bowling Men’s Championships in 2019, also in Lima.
Pate joined the Professional Bowlers Association Tour in 2018 and finished third at the Lubbock Sports Open, his top finish that season. He cashed in 15 of 27 events in 2019, posting a 212 average.
He went Midland University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and competed on the men’s bowling team. He won the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships title and was the 2016-2017 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) Most Valuable Player.
He also helped Midland to a runner-up finish at the 2015 Intercollegiate Team Championships, earning NCBCA first-team All-American honors that season.
Visit BOWL.com/Board to learn more about the USBC Board of Directors.