The long and colorful history of women's professional bowling will come to life next year with the unveiling of a new exhibit at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.
Called "50 Years of Women's Professional Bowling
," the exhibit is expected to open in June during International Bowl Expo and United States Bowling Congress Convention. It will feature the players of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and Professional Women's Bowling Association.
“We are so excited about Bowl Expo, as well as the USBC convention, coming to Arlington, Texas. Those who attend this first-ever-event will get a first-hand look at the IBM/HF, International Training and Research Center, as well as the offices of the International Bowling Campus,” stated IBM/HF chairman Pat Ciniello. “The new exhibit will display rare photographs and artifacts – from those who made professional women’s bowling a reality, to the great women bowlers who competed on tour.”
Leading the effort to create the exhibit is a committee consisting of many of the people who worked closely with women's pro bowling. Committee chair Jim Goodwin worked for both tours for 20 years. Joan Romeo, owner of The Marketing Team public relations agency, has two daughters - Robin and Tori - who bowled professionally. Fran Deken was the former women's tour director and historian. IBM/HF trustee John Sommer operated and financed the organizations for 22 years.
The 50 Years of Women's Professional Bowling exhibit will occupy a prominent place in the 18,000-square-foot facility that opened on Jan. 25. The IBM/HF is part of the International Bowling Campus which includes the International Training and Research Center and offices of the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors' Associaiton of America among others.