1993 – Superior Performance — Meritorious Service
Miss Martha Haines, of Jamestown, Ohio, has been a member of the Dayton Women’s Bowling Association for 40 years. Her high average of 192 came in the 1967-68 season. She has consistently held a 180 plus average over the years. Martha has three 700 series to her credit, along with her high game of 288. She has also rolled a 279, a 278 and a 264. In her home association of Dayton, Martha has fared well on the tournament trail. In the 1959 City tournament, she captured the singles championship, the all-events crown, and teamed up with her partner to also cop the doubles championship. The 1960 All-Events total she garnered that year was the second highest total in the nation and is still a record. She repeated her success in 1961 by again capturing both the singles and all-events crowns. She was named Dayton’s Bowling Queen that year. She won the City Match Game Championship four years in a row, and then placed second in the fifth year. The record for consecutive wins still stands. These wins served as qualifier for the U.S. Open. In 1965, she again qualified for the U.S. Open, making it her fifth. Bowling for 20 years on the state level, Martha was a member of the 1960 Ohio WBA Tournament Actual team, and was also awarded the team handicap championship. Her best finish in her ten years of competing in the WIBC Championship tournament was a third place in singles event in 1960.
The year 1956 found her with a 16th place finish in the All Star match Games tournament in Chicago. In 1957, she was invited to the 1st World’s Invitational Match Game Championship.
In 1971, along with her partner, she nabbed the Cincinnati Times Star Doubles Championship, and was also a member of the Fort Recovery Miracle Lanes Team Champions. In 1972, she won the Dayton 600 Club Tourney with a 710 actual.
Martha has been named to the Dayton Daily News All Star team several times, and in 1974, was inducted into the Dayton Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame.