HOF – Mandy Wilson

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2003 – Superior Performance — Amateur
Mandy Wilson

The name of Mandy Wilson is synonymous with superior bowling. Consider this performance log: in the 14 seasons from 1989 through 2002: she had averages from 200 to 218; 16 300 games (five times two in a season and in another season, three). In those 14 seasons, her high series for a year was 770 or more in 11 of those seasons, including sets of 830 and 812.

Her tournament record is mind-boggling. In the WIBC Nationals, she bowled with the Open Division champions in 1992, was in second place in 1991 and third in 1993. In 1996 she combined with Linda Kelly to win the doubles with a record 1470 total which included a record 558 game. She was third in all events that year. In 1997 she finished seventh in WIBC Queens. In the Ohio WBA championship tournaments she won the actual doubles in 1988, singles and all events in 1989, team titles in 1998, 1999 and 2001. In the Dayton WBA she was on the actual team champions in 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995 and 1997; won the singles in 1990, 1991 and 1993 and all events in 1990 and 2001. She won two LPBT Regional titles, in 1991 in Columbus and in 1997 at Jackson, OH. In Team USA competition, in the Netherlands in 1990, she won singles and all events; in Ireland won all events, singles and doubles and rolled a 717 series, the first ever by a woman bowler in Ireland; in the British Open she was the top U. S. woman qualifier and won second place; in 1991 in the Pan American Games in Havana she won a gold medal in team and a bronze medal in all events. In U. S. Olympic Festivals she won 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals, record for most medals won by an individual bowler at these events. She won the Ohio WBA Queens in 1992.

Oh, those three series under 770 when all she could manage were sets of 765, 758 and 736, we can sympathize with her on those — we all have bad nights now and then. Tonight we welcome Mandy into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.

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