Phillip Bolt is a Bellarmine bowling legend. A seemingly quiet kid during school, Bolt turns into a lightning storm when he hits the lanes.
His story starts in the eighth grade when he first started bowling competitively. A family legacy (older brother Tom ’13 also competed in high school), Bellarmine bowling had high hopes for the future of the program with Bolt.
Phillip Bolt’s Bellarmine career started strong when he became a varsity starter as a freshman, and he exceeded expectations when he finished 3rd place at the state bowling tournament. But the storm was only just beginning.
The year 2014 proved to be another success as Bolt took home 2nd place in state and was a First Team All-Star selection. Bolt’s independent career also began to take off as he was the 2014 Youth Master Champion.
Lightning truly struck junior year for Bolt as Bellarmine finally came home with the highly coveted first place state title. The pinnacle of his high school career, Bolt was the tournament MVP and once again was a First Team All-Star selection.
Bolt bowled his first perfect 300 game in February 2015 and was the 2015 State Masters Champion.
Coach Byron Chow says of Bolt’s performance that year, “He was Mr. Clutch. During certain matches Phillip had to throw three strikes to either win or tie a match and he came through every time. He stepped up every time. He was clutch and that is why we won the title that year.”
As a senior, expectations for Bolt were at their highest. He was the heavy favorite to win the state title and bring home the championship again for Bellarmine. As the state tournament was approaching, Bolt came down with the flu and ended up missing most of the competition. Bellarmine finished 3rd in state.
He received the most inspirational award and the Bellarmine coaches’ award for his support of the team and his incredible career as a Bellarmine bowler. Despite having to miss the state tournament, 2016 was a successful year for Bolt as he was the Jr. Masters Champion, City Singles Champion, and the City Scratch All Event Winner.
Bolt has bowled four perfect 300 games and his best three game series score is 784. He is the 2016 South Sound USBC (United States Bowling Congress) Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipient. Next year he will bowl Division I Collegiate Bowling for the Lindenwood Lions. He is the first student in Bellarmine history to compete at Division I for bowling.
Phillip Bolt has had an exceptional career as a Bellarmine Lion bowler and is truly a Bellarmine bowling legend.