GREENDALE, Wis. - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, was one of four of the greatest players of the past two decades to be elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame for superior performance.
Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association champion, joins Parker Bohn III, a 30-time Professional Bowlers Association champion from Jackson, N.J.; Brian Voss, a 24-time PBA winner from Alpharetta, Ga.; and Leanne Barrette Hulsenberg, a 26-time PWBA titlist from Roseville, Calif. in election to the hall by a national panel of veteran bowling writers and USBC Hall of Famers.
The four performance inductees will be honored during the 2008 USBC Convention in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, May 9, along with Meritorious Service inductees Roger Dalkin, Greendale, Wis., and Mike Hennessy, Bluffton, S.C., and Pioneer inductee Martha Burton, a long-time Washington, D.C., resident who will be enshrined in memoriam.
Dorin-Ballard, 43, is the 2001 USBC Queens champion and owns four USBC Women's Championship titles among an astonishing 19 "top 10" Classic Division and nine USBC Queens finishes. The nine-time US Bowler All-American was BWAA Woman Bowler of the Year in 2001 and 2003. After the women's tour ceased operations in 2003, she became one of the first women to join the PBA and became the first female member to bowl a 300 game in PBA competition in 2004. Most recently, she qualified for the inaugural PBA Women's Series and won the first event in Taylor, Mich. The Linden, N.J., native was a three-time Collegiate All-American at West Texas A&M before turning pro. In addition to her on-the-lanes accomplishments, Dorin-Ballard has served as USBC's High School Spokesperson since 2002 and currently sits on the USBC Board of Directors.
Bohn, 44, includes the 2001 USBC Masters among his titles. The 1999 and 2001 Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Year is a 10-time US Bowler All-American who earned $100,000 or more in 10 consecutive PBA seasons. The four-time PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner had made 96 television finals at the time of his election, and holds the pro tour record with 76 300 games bowled in PBA Tour competition. Bohn entered the 2007-08 Denny's PBA Tour campaign in third place on the all-time earnings list ($2.6 million), trailing only Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber.
Voss, 49, won his first PBA title in 1983 and had a streak of 12 consecutive years with at least one title before breaking his wrist in a bicycling accident in 1999. The five-time US Bowler All-American won the PBA National Championship in 1988 en route to BWAA Bowler of the Year honors. He is one of only seven PBA members to exceed $2 million in career earnings.
Hulsenberg, 40, won the 1999 USBC Queens and is one of the few women in history to win the "Grand Slam" of USBC Women's Championships titles: Classic team (2007), singles (2005), doubles (2006) and all-events (1987 and 2007). She won her first three PWBA titles in 1987 en route to Rookie of the Year honors, and won BWAA Woman Bowler of the Year honors in 1991 and 2002. She is a six-time US Bowler All-American, the fourth woman in PWBA history to exceed $1 million in career earnings and one of a handful of women who have bowled a Sport Bowling 300 game and 800 series.
Among the Performance candidates, Hulsenberg was the leading vote-getter with 140 votes on 149 ballots (93.96 percent), easily exceeding the 70 percent minimum required for election. Dorin-Ballard received 131 votes (87.92 percent), Bohn 131 (87.92 percent) and Voss 105 votes (70.47 percent).
Male candidates who failed to receive a 70 percent majority were: Del Ballard Jr. (79, 53.02 percent), Tom Baker (62, 41.61 percent), Jeff Richgels (25, 16.78 percent) and John Handegard (23, 15.44 percent).
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former ABC and WIBC Halls of Fame.