HOF – Catherine Burling*


1988 – Superior Performance — Amateur
Catherine Burling

Catherine Burling is reputed to be the first woman bowler to average 190, a feat she accomplished in 1934 with a 193 average. To prove it was not a fluke, she continued to average 190 for the next ten years.

The year 1934 was a most successful one for Catherine. In addition to her 193 average, the Tommy Doll team with which she bowled won the Ohio State, Central States, and WIBC Championships.

Three years before that, Catherine, then only 23, rolled a high series of 734. That was a first of five career 700 series.

The 1930’s and 40’s were Catherine’s biggest years. She won the Ohio State all-events title in 1937, 45, 46, 48, 49 and 51. In 1944 she won the singles.

In Cincinnati, it was the same story as she won the city all-events crown twelve times between 1933 and 1964. She also had seven singles titles, eight in doubles. In six of those years, she won all four championships.

Despite major surgery in 1956, Catherine came back to roll a 189 average, a 290 game and a 680 series. In 1958, she was on the winning team in the Ohio State Tournament.

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