2018 FloBowling PBA Fall Swing

Restrepo Ready To Challenge The Men At Fall Swing

Restrepo Ready To Challenge The Men At Fall Swing

Colombia's Rocio Restrepo is the only woman competing next week in the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing.

Oct 10, 2018 by Lucas Wiseman
Restrepo Ready To Challenge The Men At Fall Swing

Colombian bowling star Rocio Restrepo has never been one to back down from a challenge. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that she’s the only woman competing in the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing next week.

Restrepo, a four-time champion on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, has competed in a few events against the men on the PBA Tour in the past with limited success. She hopes to flip that script when the Fall Swing begins LIVE on FloBowling on Monday.

“Sometimes I don’t feel like I perform against the men because I don’t feel like I have to win out there like I do against the women,” Restrepo said. “I have to change that mindset. I’m here to compete. I’m here to beat everybody. I don’t care if they wear pants or a skirt. I should just bowl. That’s my biggest thing.”

Changing her mindset will be the key to her success at the Fall Swing, Restrepo said. She said she knows she has the physical fundamentals and mental game to beat the men and her game has only gotten stronger over the years.

“I feel like I’ve grown as a player,” Restrepo said. “I think I put restrictions in my mind about competing against the guys in the past, but I have just as much talent as some of them. It’s not how much rev rate you have, it’s making moves and good ball decisions.”

One thing that gives Restrepo the most trouble bowling against the men is the way the lanes transition. Because of all the high rev rates on the PBA Tour, the lanes transition significantly different than they do on the PWBA Tour.

On the women’s tour, Restrepo is one of the higher rev players and uses that to her advantage, but it’s a different scenario against the men.

“I feel like my game is very versatile and I can play to the right or the left without restrictions but because of that I can get in trouble against the men,” Restrepo said. “My transitions become a little different against them, and I have to attack the lanes a lot different than I do with the women. Sometimes I get lost because I don’t get to experience that very often.”

Restrepo, a 15-time member of the Colombian national team who has won medals for her country around the world, has set modest expectations for the Fall Swing this year.

“If I cash in one of the events, I’ll be more than happy, but obviously if I bowl pretty good and make a show, that would be icing on the cake,” Restrepo said. “I just want to perform like I do on the women’s tour because I feel like I haven’t in the past. I just want to feel like I can compete against the men.”