HOF – Bill McCorkle


1998 – Superior Performance — Amateur
Bill McCorkle

You can see that when Bill McCorkle started bowling in the Columbus area he set some records almost from the outset. At the young age of 19, (1971) he was the first bowler to average over 200 at Westerville Lanes – 201. In 1973, he averaged 200 for 174 games, the high average for the city of Columbus while setting an ABC record for most 200 games bowled in one season – 156. At the time he also set house records for a three games series at Sequoia Lanes 774 in 1972. Piketon Lanes 805 in 1974 and Capri Lanes 790 in 1981.

Bill is a three time winner in Ohio State tournaments, actual team in 1972 with “Approved Roofing” in Youngstown, 1986 State Singles Match Game Champion, 1979 State Team Match Game Champion. A ten time winner in the Ohio Tournament Bowlers Association. A sixteen time winner in Greater Columbus tournaments with two doubles, four handicap and ten actual team titles. Bill also has seventeen 300 games and six 800 series to his credit.

Bill has won numerous championships in other tournaments around the state of Ohio bringing his total titles to over 55. But his most memorable moment has to be 1972 when he qualified in the Gold Palm Tournament to meet PBA bowler Don Johnson for $10,000 first prize and won 238 to 206.

Bill was inducted into the Greater Columbus Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1988 at the age of 35 and tonight we are proud to add the Ohio Bowling hall of Fame to his resume by induction for Superior Performance — Amateur.

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