PRESS RELEASE August 21, 2005
Professional bowling history was made at King Pin Lanes on Sunday afternoon as Liz Johnson,
of Cheektowaga, N.Y. became the first woman bowler ever to win a Professional Bowlers Association tournament. Johnson defeated PBA Tour regular Michael Fagan, 244 – 171 in the championship match for the $2400 first place check.
Johnson qualified 4th for the 16 person finals on Saturday, averaging 222 for 8 games to advance to Sundays action. On Sunday morning, she defeated Chris Monroy, of Holden Mass., Cliff
Saliba, of Syracuse, and PBA National tour champion Ryan Shafer, of Elmira, N.Y., to
advance to the championship match against Fagan.
No female bowler has ever won a PBA event, since women were allowed to join the PBA
in April of 2004, after the Professional Women’s Bowlers Association folded in 2003.
Johnson has 3 runner-up finishes in PBA action, most notably finishing 2nd to Tommy Jones
in the ESPN finals of the PBA Banquet Open in Grand Rapids, Mi., in March of 2005.
More info can be found on Liz Johnson at www.pba.com
Submitted by Craig Vogel, Owner, King Pin Lanes, Rome, N.Y.