Bowlers in the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame

About some of the bowlers in the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, their biography, history, records, and achievements.

A Short Selection from the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame

MARION LADEWIG

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Winner of 2 WIBC tournament all-events championships, in 1950 and 1955, one team title in 1950, and one doubles crown in 1955, she was named the national's Woman Bowler of the Year 9 times. She won 8 national All-Star titles and 4 World Invitationals, including both championships in 1963. She was runner-up in the 1962 WIBC Queens tournament. She had a league average of 204 in 1952-1953. The only woman in the Grand Rapids sports Hall of Fame, she was named Michigan's "woman athlete of all time" and is a member of the State's athletic Hall of Fame, the only bowler and 1st woman accorded the honor.

MERLE MATTHEWS

Huntington Beach, Calif.

She won 3 WIBC tournament championships--the 1948 doubles and 1962 and 1963 team. She captured the 1948 national All-Star and was a member of 4 California State team titlists, 2 all events, one singles and one doubles. She possesses 11 Los Angeles team championships, 3 all events, one singles and one doubles. Named Southern California Woman Bowler of the Year in 1950 and 1958, she was the 1st woman to be selected for the Southern California bowling Hall of Fame.

BEVERLY ORTNER

Tucson, Ariz.

She rolled the 1st WIBC sanctioned 800 3-game series, 818, on games of 267, 264, and 287. She averaged 206 in 1967-1968, 205 in 2 leagues during 1968-1969, bowled a 300 game and 22 other 3-game series above 700. Winner of several State and local championships in her native Iowa, she was a member of the 1969 WIBC team champions.

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