Amateur San Jose Bowler to Let it Roll Against Professionals in ‘Bowlero Elite Series' Tournament

A San Jose man is hoping to turn his passion for bowling into a full-time job.

The 30-year-old will show off his skills when he goes up against the world's best professionals next Wednesday in a tournament.

Joshua Tajiri currently spends part of his work day as a telephone lineman -- a job he's held for the last three years. After an eight-hour shift, Tajiri trades in his climbing boots for bowling shoes.

Tajiri, who grew up in Hawaii, said his love for bowling started at age 12 and playing with his family.

"I grew up in a bowling alley," he said. "My mom bowled in a league, and every Wednesday I would go with her to the league in Hawaii."

Tajiri also owns a bowling pro shop in San Mateo.

"The reason I have a pro shop is to give back to the people that were in my shoes when I was younger," he said.

When Tajiri is not working, he is practicing his technique and playing in tournaments.

On Sept. 11, Tajiri will get his chance against the pros in the Bowlero Elite Series. The tournament matches eight amateur league bowlers with eight world-renowned pro bowlers.

In last year's inaugural tournament, an amateur player beat out all the pros. Tajiri is hoping the ball rolls his way.

"I'm hoping to make it past the amateur ranks, make it to that final match and bowl against a pro," Tajiri said. "I think it will be a good experience -- make a good name for myself."

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