Matthew Eustace (’00) – Bowling
Matthew Eustace was the first Columbus High bowler to be crowned a state champion. …. Not bad, for a student who didn’t bowl as a freshman because he got mixed up on his dates and missed tryouts.
Fortunately for Columbus High and Bowling Coach Adam Scholer, it was the last tryout Matt Eustace missed.
In the fall of 1999 – Matt’s senior year – he led the Explorers to an undefeated season and it’s first state bowling championship.
In the state finals in St. Petersburg, Matt rolled a 723 series – that’s an incredible 241 average …. The team – Matt, Jeff Turner, Rick Naue, Gabriel Mendez, and Steve Smith – rolled a total of 3,300 that day – that was a state record ….. and good enough for a state championship.
During his senior season, Matt Eustace averaged 212 …. That included a 299 game – just one pin short of perfection. ….. As state champion, Matt was named Dade County’s High School Bowler of the Year.
Matt went on to Florida State University, where he bowled competitively for 4 years ….. While there, he finished second in the country as a sophomore …. And he bowled a perfect 300 in a match.
Matt received a degree in marketing from Florida State …. and then his life took an interesting turn ….. He and some friends from FSU – including two buddies from Columbus – formed a rock band called “Say it Twice.”” They moved to California and toured nationally fulltime for 4 years.
The band has broken up ….. and today Matt lives in Sherman Oaks, California where he works in the office of a Burbank casting agency.