1996 – Superior Performance — Amateur
When anyone in the Cincinnati area bowling world thinks of women’s bowling, Anita M. Vollmer immediately comes to mind. In Anita’s words, “Bowling is not only my avocation, its become my vocation.”
In 1961 Anita came to Western Bowl as Director of the “Learn to Bowl Program” which resulted in filling the large 68 lane house on a daily basis with women bowlers who prior to the program were unaware of the fun league play. During the interim she worked as score marker for the Hoinke Classic, was a bowling instructor for new and more advanced bowlers and with all her practice, improved her game enough to become a member of the Women’s Professional Bowling Association in 1967. Anita holds many scratch titles in her local association, the Ohio WBA and on Sept 13, 1986 rolled the ladies highest 3 game series on record, a 791, which still is a Cincinnati record. That year she received a medal for the second highest series in the nation, when in December, Millie Mortorella of new York rolled a 792 series. Anita has eight 700 series to her credit with her highest game being 280 and highest average 198. She still bowls twice a week in league competition and averages 185.
In 1981 Anita was appointed Tournament Director of the Hoinke Classic and in this capacity handles all facets of the complicated and well run tournament. Being tournament director has been most challenging undertaking of her career as the tournament became computerized that years and it was a whole new ball game for her and other members of the Hoinke staff. Her liaison between E.C. Hoinke Jr., the software programmers and staff members makes for an efficient tri-fold operation which entertains approximately 55,000 bowlers from all over the globe. Being “Tournament Director” was not Anita’s goals as a young woman. She simply loved the game, and somehow the path lead to a successful career.
For her many contributions to the sport she loves, both on and off the lanes, we welcome Anita M. Vollmer a Pioneer for bowling to the Ohio Bowling Council Hall of Fame.