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  • Home Town
    Cheektowaga, New York
  • Birth Date
    5/2/1974
  • Throws
    Right
  • Career Titles
    2
  • Career Earnings
    $190,820

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Liz Johnson

Biography

Liz is a member of the Buffalo Bowling and New York State Bowling Hall of Fame.  She is a current Team USA Member.  She loves to go to the gym.  She is a music lover, especially 80's and her favorite band is Def Leppard.   Liz is a huge Yankees fan!

August 2005, Liz became the first woman to win a PBA Regional Title with her victory at the PBA East Region Kingpin Lanes Open.  Earned a $50,000 bonus when she rolled a perfect game in the title match of the 2001 Paula Carter Classic.

Johnson rolled her 41st 300 game in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Women's Open August 5, 2009 and her 42nd perfect game and 825 series on November 5, 2009 during league play at Thruway Lanes.  She captured 300 number 43 to go along with an 828 series at Abbott Lanes on November 20, 2009, during league play (288-240-300).

Her fellow competitors at the PBA Wichita Pepsi Red, White and Blue witnessed Liz's 44th career 300 game during the second round on December 9, 2009.  She threw her 45th 300 game on January 1, 2010 during league play at Abbott Lanes finishing the night with an 825 series.  She backed that peformance up with another perfect game and 790 series on January 29, 2010 while bowling league at Abbott Lanes.

Liz rolled her 47th career 300 game during the PBA Regional at 3-D Lanes in Island Lake, Illinois on June 5, 2011. 

Earned Top-seed berth in the “stepladder finals" held in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the finals held in Paris, France on March 21, 2011 during the Brunswick Euro Challenge.  In 2011, she captured the women's USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Award when she averaged 210.  Liz was the first-ever woman to win the Petersen Classic with a victory at the 100th Annual tournament in Chicago, Illinois.

Liz rolled consecutive 300 games during the 2000 Western New York Queens Tournament.  She was a member of the 1993 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Women's National Runner Up while attending Morehead State University.

She became the first-ever American woman to win a European Bowling Tour tournament when she surpassed the competition hoisting the trophy at the Vierheim Open in Germany.  Liz earned Bowlers Journal International All American Team Honors 1996-97, 1998-98, 2001-02, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2010-11.  Holds the highest women's average in the USA at 244 (April 2005)

Accomplishments

Liz's most recent title is the 2013 US Open where she also defeated PBA Superstar Wes Malott in a "Battle of the Sexes" match after they both captured their Major Title.

Liz had five top-five finishes in the 2009-10 Women's Series season including a win in the Viper Championship and runnerup in the Scorpion Championship.  She finished second in U.S. Women's Open.  Among her victories are the  2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles with Norm Duke.  She was the first woman to reach a PBA Tour TV final (runner-up to Tommy Jones in 2005 Banquet Open).  She was also the first woman to win a PBA Regional title (2005).  Liz owns 12 PBWA titles including 2007 Women’s US Open and 2009 USBC Queens.

Major titles (5) 

1996 U.S. Women’s Open, Indianapolis; 2001 Hammer Players Championship, Rockford, Illinois; 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, Reno, Nevada; 2009 USBC Women’s Queens, Reno, Nevada; 2013 US Open, Ohio.

  • 2nd  2010 US Women’s Open Fort Worth, TX finished in Second (Kelly Kulick 1st)
  • 4th   2009 Clash of Champions Reno, Nevada
  • 2009 PBA Women’s Series Mixed Doubles Championship Champion (Norm Duke)
  • 3rd   2008 USBC Queens
  • 21st 2008Grand Boot Hill Tournament Champion Addison, Illinois
  • 2007 PBA Women’s Series Lake County Indiana Classic Runner Up
  • T-13 2007 USBC Masters (highest female finish in event’s history)
  • 1st    2007 PBA Legends & Ladies Champion (Roger Kossert)
  • 2007 PBA Women’s Series
  • 2006 USBC Queens Runner Up
  • 2005 PBA Banquet Open Runner Up (first women to advance to a PBA championship round)
  • Owner of two PWBA Regional Titles

Team USA

  • 1st   PabCon Champion of Champions Champion Florida (4 Gold and 2 Silver Medals)
  • 2011 PAN-AM Games Gold (2) One for Duos Kelly Kulick and One Singles Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 2011 WWC Hong Kong China Gold (2) and a Bronze (Duos, Team and Trios) USA won seven medals - Bronze (3) and Gold (4). First time in twenty-four years Team USA had won the Team Gold and Duos Events (Rolled a high 279 in the Team Event to win)
  • PabCon Gold Medal (2) All Events and Team  Las Vegas, Nevada
  • PabCon Bronze Medal Trios and Masters Las Vegas, Nevada
  • WWC Silver Medal Team Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2008 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships Gold Medals (2) Singles and Team, Silver (3) Doubles, Trios and Masters and Bronze All Events  
  • 1995 Pan-American Games Gold Medal (All Events) and Silver (Team)
  • 1995 World Championships Silver Medal (Singles)
  • 1994 World Tenpin Team Cup Gold Medal
  • 1994 World Youth Championships Silver Medal (Masters) and Bronze Medal (Team)
  • 2010 Team USA Bowling Member

Other Accomplishments

  • 4th   2012 USBC Queens Texas
  • 2012 World Tenpin Bowling Association International Open
  • 1st   2010 Bud Light Challenge Champion
  • 2009 US Bowler First Team All American Second Team
  • 2009 Bowlers Journal International First Team All American (Team Captain)
  • 1st   2009 Women's Greater Buffalo USBC Association’s 46th Annual George A. Obenauer  Masters  Championship Champion
  • 2009 VIPER PBA Women’s Series Championship Michigan
  • 2009 USBC Team USA Team Trials Champion
  • 5-Time Western New York Queens Champion
  • 2009 USBC Team USA Trials Champion
  • 5th   2009 DHC Japan Invitational
  • 1st   2008 USBC Women’s Championships All Events Champion
  • 1st   2007 USBC Women’s Championships Doubles Champion (Susan Jeziorski-Smith)
  • 1st  1998 WIBC Championship Tournament All Events Champion
  • New York State Queens Champion (1996 and 1997)
  • U.S. Amateur Champion (1993 and 1994)
  • 1994 New York State Women’s Bowling Association Doubles Champion

AWARDS

  • 2012 Women’s World Bowling Tour rankings (3rd)
  • 2011 USBC US Bowler Women’s All American Team
  • 2011 BWAA October Bowler of the Month
  • 2009 US Bowler Female Bowler of the Year (Norm Duke Male Bowler)
  • US Bowler Female Bowler of the Decade (2000-2009) (Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Male Bowler)
  • 2009 New York State USBC Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2008 Greater Buffalo USBC Association  Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Bowling Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year (2005 and 2007)
  • PWBA Robby Sportsmanship Award (1998 and 2001)
  • 1996 PWBA Rookie of the Year
  • Bowlers Journal International Amateur of the Year (1993, 1994 and 1995)
  • Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur of the Year (1993 and 1995)
  • 1992-93 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association MVP and Rookie of the Year
  • 1992-93 Bowling Writers Association of America Collegiate Player of the Year
  • 1992-93 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All America First Team
  • 1993 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Most Valuable Player
  • 1993 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow