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  • Home Town: Union, NJ
  • Birth Date: 3/16/1977
  • Throws: Right
  • Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
  • 300 Games: 50
  • 800 Series: 20
  • Career Regional Titles: 2
  • Career National Titles: 9
  • Career Earnings: $401,000
  • Positive Axis Point: 5 Over 1/2 Up
  • Favorite Layout: Pin up 5 x 4 with a hole down
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I would like to think of myself as an easy going person. I love to make people laugh and smile and will do anything to do it. Family and close friends mean the world to me. I tell everyone to surround themselves with good people and good things will happen.

My favorite hobbies include cooking and line dancing. Who would of thought a Jersey Girl would wear cowboy boots and look good in them? I love listening to country music but enjoy all genres of music. My favorite food is pizza. You can win my heart with a well done pie.

A great day for me is being in the kitchen cooking or baking while listening to Pandora. I love to entertain and have a house full of people. Good food makes people smile. Great food makes people come back!

My motto is to try anything at least once. It's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. You may surprise yourself.

Finally, I enjoy exercising and all sports. You can't sweat if you're not moving. Anything to challenge the mind and the brain, I'm all for it. A quote I live by, " Being great means never being satisfied."

Team USA/Junior Team USA

-  Gold Medal 2012 World Singles Championship, Cyprus

- One gold medal (doubles) at 2011 Pan American Games

- One gold medal (team) and two bronze medals (doubles, trios) at 2011 World Championships

- Two gold medals (doubles, team), one silver medal (all-events) and two bronze medals (singles, trios) at 2010 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships

- Five gold medals (Masters, all-events, team, trios and doubles) at 2008 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships

- Two gold medals (singles, all-events) and two silver (Masters, doubles) at 2000 World Youth Championships

- Gold medal at 2000 World Tenpin Team Cup

- Gold medal (team) at 1999 Pan American Games

- Gold (singles) and two bronze medals (team, trios) at 1999 World Championships (singles score at the time was the highest in the event’s history dating back to 1954)

- Gold (doubles) and two silver medals (team, Masters) at 1998 World Youth Championships

 

Professional titles

 

Major (6):

-2003 U.S. Women’s Open, Sterling Heights, Mich.

-2007 USBC Queens, Charlotte, N.C.

-2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas

-2010 USBC Queens, El Paso, Texas

-2010 U.S. Women’s Open, Arlington, Texas

-2012 U.S. Women’s Open, Reno, Nevada

2 PBA Regional Titles

- 2009 PBA Women’s World Championship champion

- 2009 PBA Women’s Series Shark Championship champion

Other

- Bowlers Journal First Team All American 2012, 2011,2010,2009

- 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2009-10 Bowlers Journal International All-America team

- 2011 Sinapore Open champion

- 2010 Malaysian International Open champion

- 2010 World Bowling Writers Women’s Bowler of the Year

- 2006 Bowling Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year

- 1999 and 2002 Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur of the Year

- 2001 PWBA Rookie of the Year

- Inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Hall of Fame in 2000

- 2000 U.S. Amateur champion

- 1999 Bowlers Journal International Amateur of the Year

- Member of 1998 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships women’s national champion (Morehead State)

- 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 Collegiate Most Valuable Player

- 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 Collegiate All-America first team

- 1996 Association of College Unions-International women’s singles champion

- 1995 New Jersey Amateur champion

When I am home, I workout at the gym 5 times a week. I life weights focusing on the larger muscle groups and fit in 30 minutes of cardio. May favorite class is HIIT (Hi Intensity Interval Training).

Working out builds endurance for the long 8 game blocks and increases my mental focus.

I'm on the lanes minimal 3 days a week and often finding events on the weekends. Some sessions are long while others are short to keep the muscle memory intact. A good session is focusing on one aspect of the game. Lately its been the direction of my push away.

1.      You have bowled all over the world. What is the best country you have ever bowled in excluding the US?

I would have to say Japan. Although the demands of the bowlers are great, they love the sport of bowling and promote it as if it were the Olympics.

2.      Do you have any interesting superstitions or routines you go through before, during, or after bowling? What is the most interesting superstition or routine you have seen from another bowler on tour?

I always stretch and get the muscles lose. I almost always make my first two shots at spares. It gets my body limber.

I’ve never paid too close attention to the other players and their routines. I try to focus on my own routine.

3.      What is the best advice you have for a teenage bowler looking to make a career out of bowling?

Collegiate bowling is in its prime. You can get an education and pursue your desire to bowl. Also, the coaching is largely available. The younger players have the skills and tools the veterans do. Makes me want to go back to school!  Stay in school and have a back-up plan.

4.      When do you know when you need to change bowling balls?

I change balls when I start to lose my carry. I can only do so much with my hand and ball speed to make the ball do something different. Also, if I notice signs of inconsistency with adjustments, I will change.

5.      If you had one piece of advice for bowlers trying to elevate their game to a higher level, what would it be?

Test yourself against the best in your area. They only way to get better is to bowl someone better. If you can hold your own, you may be ready. Don’t be afraid to ask someone a question about their game. 9 times out of 10, they will give you an honest answer. Finally, seek out a coach you trust and get yourself on tape. You can check a flaw if you have video.

6.      How do you block out distractions around you during tournament play?

I stay within myself. I am very process oriented. If the process is good and repeatable, the outcome will be positive.

 

7.      What is one valuable life lesson that you learned while on the PBA Tour that you believe would benefit the most people?

Don’t change your game. If there is something you want to get better at, take the time off to do it and work with someone you can trust.

 

8.      Are there any particular songs or bands that you listen to before you bowl to help you get pumped up?

I enjoy country music. It usually is upbeat and puts me in a good mood. Also, a phone call to my mom before I kick off the block gets me in the proper mind set.

9.      If you got to choose superhero ability, what would it be?

Too many to choose from. I think I would like to travel in time.

10.  What or who got you started in the sport of bowling?

My friend down the street would be away on Saturday mornings. When I asked where he was, he said he went bowling. His father was the manager of the center. He drove me every Saturday to the lanes to bowl league. From that point on, I was hooked.

 


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