Carolyn started bowling at age 6 in Linden, New Jersey and progressed through the bowling ranks where she eventually was a collegiate stand-out at West Texas A&M University. Caroyln is a USBC Hall of Fame Inductee (2008).
From there, her bowling career continued to grow as she turned pro joining the PWBA Tour. Later down the line, she married PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard and the nickname “CDB” was born.
Carolyn and Del have one daughter, Alyssa, who keeps them on their toes. Besides bowling on the PWBA and PBA50 Tours, she is also the Pro Staff Manager for Turbo 2-N-1 Grips.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard is the first-ever female to bowl a 300 game in PBA competition. Named Bowlers Journal Female Bowler of the Decade for the 2000s.
Home Town: Keller, TX
Birth Date: 7/29/64
300 Games: 30
Career Titles: 20 PWBA National
PWBA Titles (20)
Major (1): 2001 - USBC Queens, Sunrise, Fla.
Standard (19): 1991 - LPBT National Doubles, Las Vegas (with Lisa Wagner); 1994 - Lady Ebonite Classic, Columbia, Tenn.; 1997 - Three Rivers Open, Pittsburgh; 1998 - Greater Orlando Classic, Orlando; Brunswick Women’s World Open, Lake Zurich, Ill.; 1999 - Greater Jacksonville Classic, Jacksonville, Fla.; Visionary Bowling Products Classic, Lancaster, Ohio; 2000 - Three Rivers Open, Pittsburgh; Greater San Diego Open, San Diego; Bowl for Blindness Classic, Mesa, Ariz.; 2001 - Albuquerque Open, Albuquerque, N.M.; Fort Worth Classic, Fort Worth, Texas; Greater Memphis Open, Collierville, Tenn.; Southern Virginia Open, Danville, Va.; Jacksonville Open, Jacksonville, Fla.; Brunswick Women’s World Open, Las Vegas; 2002 - Dallas Open, Dallas; Burlington Open, Burlington, N.C.; 2003 - Greater Cincinnati Open, Erlanger, Ky.
- Inductee to the PWBA Hall of Fame for Performance in 2020
- 2001 PWBA Player of the Year
Other Professional Titles
- 2009 PBA Women’s Series Showdown
- 2008 PBA Women’s Series Cheetah Championship
- 2007 PBA Women’s Series Motor City Classic
National Team Accolades (United States)
Years on Team USA (5): 2008-2011, 2014
- One gold medal (team) and two bronze medals (doubles, Masters) at 2017 World Bowling Senior Championships
- One gold medal (team) and two bronze medals (doubles, trios) at 2011 WTBA World Championships
- Two silver medals (team, trios) and one bronze (all-events) at 2009 WTBA World Championships
- One gold medal (team) at 2009 PABCON Championships
- One gold medal (team) and four silvers (singles, doubles, trios, all-events) at 2008 PABCON Women’s Championships
- 2011 World Bowling Tour Finals winner
- 2001, 2006 and 2009 USBC Women's Championships Classic Team champion
- Inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 2008
- 2004 USBC Women's Championships Classic Doubles champion
- 2001 and 2003 IBMA Female Player of the Year
- 2001 Bowlers Journal International Person of the Year
- 2000 USBC Women's Championships Classic All-Events champion
- Bowlers Journal International Female Player of the Decade for the 2000s
- Inducted into the Union County (N.J.) Hall of Fame in 1999
- Inducted into the Greater Fort Worth USBC Hall of Fame in 1998
- 1988-1989 NCBCA Most Valuable Player (West Texas State)
- 1986-1987, 1987-1988 and 1988-1989 NCBCA first-team All-American (West Texas State)
- Member of 1987 and 1988 Intercollegiate Team Championships winner (West Texas State)
- 1987 Linden (N.J.) Sportswoman of the Year