Dave Forrette is technically from Brookings now, but he’s still a local to anyone who frequented the Millstone in the last 25 years. Forrette sold the restaurant last spring to semi-retire and join his family in a new business. Although he is probably working just as hard as ever, he must be finding some time to put on his bowling shoes and knock down a few pins. Forrette won fourth place in his division in the 2022 United States Bowling Congress Senior Championships.
The tournament was held August 9-12 in Louisville, Kentucky, and the field included nearly 400 bowlers. Forrette said, “It was an amazing experience. I met and competed against people from all over the United States, the Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico.”
In preparation, he said, “I bowl league once or twice per week during the season. I also bowl as many tournaments as I possibly can throughout the year.”
For the last two years, Forrette has bowled in the state’s senior tournament designed for bowlers 50 and over. “This season, I was fortunate to win my division. So it’s the first time I qualified for the national seniors, and I was honored to represent South Dakota in the finals. I was hoping to bring a national title home to South Dakota, but I’m proud to have finished where I did.”
Forrette said he started bowling when he was about 12 years old. “Then, I started bowling seriously in college.” His average last year was 197. The highest game he has ever bowled was a 290. In case you are a non-bowler, that’s almost a perfect game of 300.