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Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson

Biography

Resides: Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Born: May 2, 1974
Throws: Right
College: Morehead State University – One (1) year attendance.
Notable: Became first female to advance to the nationally televised finals of a PBA Tour event (finishing second in the 2005 PBA Banquet Open in March 2005) … Became first woman to win a PBA regional title with her victory at the PBA East Region Kingpin Lanes Open in August 2005 … Rolled an 843 series in match play at 2007 Masters (record for women at the event) … In 1988, she led Niagara Wheatfield High School to the girls state bowling championship (the school’s first state title in any sport) … Started bowling at age 5

Years on Team USA (7): 1994, 1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Accomplishments

Professional

PWBA standard titles (9): 1996 - El Cajon, Calif. (mixed doubles with Mike Kench); 1997 - Ashland, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; 1999 - Altamonte Springs, Fla.; 2001 - Davie, Fla.; Sebring, Fla.; Fairview Heights, Ill.; 2002 - Columbia, Tenn.

Major titles (4): 1996 U.S. Women's Open, Indianapolis; 2001 Hammer Players Championship, Rockford, Ill.; 2007 U.S. Women's Open, Reno, Nev. 2009 USBC Women's "Queens", Reno,NV.

  • 2010 U.S. Women's Open, Fort Worth, TX finished in Second (2nd) won by K. Kulick
  • 2009 4th Clash of Champions , Reno, NV.
  • 2009 PBA Women's Series Mixed Doubles Championship champion (with Norm Duke)
  • Third at 2008 USBC Queens
  • 21st Grand Boot Hill Tournament Champion 08-30-08 Addison,IL.
  • Runner-up at 2007 PBA Women's Series Lake County Indiana Classic
  • Tied for 13th at 2007 USBC Masters (highest female finish in event's history)
  • 2007 PBA Legends & Ladies champion (with Roger Kossert)
  • Competed in the 2007 PBA Women's Series
  • Runner-up at 2006 USBC Queens
  • Runner-up at the 2005 PBA Banquet Open (first women to advance to a PBA championship round)
  • Became first woman to win a PBA regional title with her victory at the PBA East Region Kingpin Lanes Open in August 2005
  • Rolled a 300 game in the title match of the 2001 Paula Carter Classic, earning a $50,000 bonus
  • Owns two PWBA regional titles
  • Rolled a "300" #41 at Women's Open in Las Vegas 08-05-09.
  • Rolled a "300" #42 an 825 series at Thruway Lanes 11/05/2009 in league play.
  • Rolled a "300" #43 an 828 series at Abbott Lanes 11/20/2009 in League play. (288-240-300)
  • Rolled a "300" #44 in Second (2nd) round of qualifying at PBA Wichita Pepsi Red, White and Blue 12/09/09.
  • Rolled a "300" #45 in League play at Abbott Lanes on 01/08/2010 with a 825 series.
  • Rolled a "300" #46 in League play at Abbott Lanes on 01/29/2010 with a 790 series.
  • Rolled a "300" #47 in PBA Regional 3-D Lanes Island Lake, IL. On June 05, 2011.

Team USA

  • 5/20/2012 - "PabCon" Champion of Champions, Florida- 4 Gold and 2 Silver medals
  • Two Gold - One for Duos with Kelly Kulick and One for Singles in the PAN-AM games in Guadalajara Mexico on October 24 - 27, 2011.
  • Two Gold and a Bronze for (Duos, Team and Trios) WWC in Hong Kong, China Sept.04, 2011. With the Team the USA won seven (7) medals- three (3) bronze and four(4) gold. First time in twenty-four (24) years Team USA has won the Team Gold and Duos events. Rolled a high 279 in the Team event to win.
  • One Gold medal for (All-events and Team) PABcon 10-01-10 Las Vegas, NV.
  • One Bronze medal for (Trios and Masters) PABcon 10-01-10 Las Vegas, NV.
  • One Silver Medal for Team at Las Vegas 08-01-09 W.W.C.
  • Two gold medals (singles and team), three silvers (doubles, trios and Masters) and one bronze (all-events) at 2008 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships
  • Gold medal (all-events) and silver (team) at 1995 Pan American Games
  • Silver medal (singles) at 1995 World Championships
  • Gold medal at 1994 World Tenpin Team Cup
  • Silver medal (Masters) and bronze (team) at 1994 World Youth Championships.
  • Made Team USA for the bowling year 2010.

Other:

  • 2012 USBC Queens - Texas April, 2012 - 4th place.
  • 2012 World Tenpin Bowling Association International Open. Earned Top-seed berth in the "stepladder" finals held in Las Vegas, NV. In conjunction with the finals held in Paris, France on 3/21/2012/Brunswick Euro Challenge.
  • 2011 Captured the Women's 2010-2011 USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Award - 210 avg.
  • 2010 11-06-10 Champion won "Bud Light Challenge"
  • 2010 09-05-10 Champion 1st Woman to win the 100th Annual Petersen Classic in Chicago, IL.
  • 2009 US Bowler First ( 1st) Team All-American - Second Place (2nd)
  • 2009 Bowlers Journal International (BJI) First (1st) Team All-American - Captain
  • 2009 Champion 1st Woman Greater Buffalo USBC Association's George A. Obenauer Masters championship 46th Annual
  • 2009 VIPER PBA Women's Series Championship 09/07/09 Michigan
  • 2009 USBC Team USA Team Trials Champion
  • 2010 Champion WNY Queens 5th time 01/31/2010
  • 2009 Champion WNY Queens 4th time. 01/25/09
  • 2009 USBC Team USA Trials champion
  • 2009 DHC Japan Invitational- finished 5th.
  • 2008 USBC Women's Championships all-events champion
  • 2007 USBC Women's Championships doubles champion (with Susan Jeziorski-Smith)
  • Rolled consecutive 300 games in the 2000 WNY Queens Tournament
  • 1998 WIBC Championship Tournament all-events champion
  • 1996, 1997 , NYS Queens Champion
  • 1993 and 1994 U.S. Amateur champion
  • 1994 New York State Women's Bowling Association doubles champion
  • Member of 1993 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships women's national runner-up (Morehead State)
  • 09/17/2006 Viernheim Open, Germany - winner The First (1st) American woman to win an European Bowling Tour tournament.

Awards:

  • 2012 Women's World Bowling Tour rankings Third (3rd).
  • 2012 USBC US Bowler 2011 voted to Women's All-American Team.
  • 2011 BWAAOctober, 2011 "Bowler of the Month."
  • US Bowler Female "Bowler of the Year 2009". Norm Duke Male Bowler. 02/27/2010
  • US Bowler Female "Bowler of the Decade" 2000-2009. WR Williams male bowler. 01/29/2010.
  • 2009 Induction into NYS USBC Women's "Hall of Fame"
  • 2008 Induction into Greater Buffalo USBC Association Hall Of Fame.
  • 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Bowlers Journal International All-America team. Highest Women's average USA 04/2005 "244"
  • 2005 and 2007 Bowling Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year
  • 1998 and 2001 PWBA Robby Sportsmanship Award
  • 1996 PWBA Rookie of the Year
  • 1993, 1994 and 1995 Bowlers Journal International Amateur of the Year
  • 1993 and 1995 Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur of the Year
  • 1992-93 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year
  • 1992-93 Bowling Writers Association of America Collegiate Player of the Year
  • 1992-93 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-America first team
  • 1993 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Most Valuable Player
  • 1993 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
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