Bowling News USA - August 11, 2014 Storm's Tammy Turner to be Enshrined Into Utah State USBC WBA Hall of Fame for Superior Performance
The Utah State USBC will enshrine 1994 PWBA Rookie of the Year, 2009 Women's US Open Champion and current Storm Staff Member Tammy Turner into their WBA Hall of Fame for Superior Performance category, on Friday, September 5, 2014. Hall of Fame Ceremonies and Dinner will be held at Timbermine Steakhouse.
Tammy began her early bowling career at age 9 rolling out of Verde’s Tropicana Lanes. Tammy said “I practically lived at the lanes while growing up.” Her parents were avid bowlers so naturally she fell in love with the sport and followed in their footsteps. Tammy continued bowling into high school at Twin Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. She then attended West Texas A&M University from 1988-1992 and was recruited for the bowling team.
In 1992 Tammy and her teammates won the Collegiate National Championship for West Texas A&M University (Canyon, Texas) and earned the title of Collegiate All American. “I have been fortunate enough to have been coached by some of the best coaches in the world including my collegiate coaches Bud and Regina Loveall and my Team USA coaches Fred Borden, Jerry Edwards and Gordon Vadakin, just to name a few," Turner said when giving credit to her bowling career mentors.
After college Tammy was selected as a member of Team USA three times (1993, 1994 and 2012). She was a member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour (PWBA) from 1994-2003, where she won four national titles including the 1994 Claremore Classic, 1995 Rocket City Challenge, 1996 Storm Doubles (Laura Moriarty) and 1996 Omaha Lancers Open to go along with her one major championship victory at the 2009 Women's US Open.
BOWL.com Interview: 2009 USWO Champion Tammy (Boomershine) Turner
Tammy joined the Storm/Roto Grip staff in 2000 moving to Utah in 2001. Tammy stated “although my bowling career began several years before I moved (to Utah), I have achieved my greatest bowling accomplishments as a Utahan”. Tammy has participated in (20) USBC National Tournaments winning two national team titles (2006, 2009) and represented Utah when she won the most prestigious women's tournament in the world with her US Open Title.
Locally Turner has won team titles in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012; doubles titles in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012; two singles titles in 2008 and 2010; and three all events titles in 2007, 2008 and 2010. At the state level she has bowled in 10 state tournaments winning team event in 2006, 2011 and 2012 and winning doubles in 2005 and 2006. “My success in winning these state and local titles is having the opportunity to bowl with the talent and support of the best bowlers in Utah," Turner said.
In addition to all of her titles, Turner has rolled twenty-three (23) 300 games and three (3) 800 series with a series high of 821. Her highest season’s average was 234 in the Wasatch Mixed League at Ben Lomond Lanes, in 2011-2012. Tammy has averaged over 220 in league play for the past 20 years both in and out of Utah. Currently she calls Ben Lomond her home center. “I am most thankful to Paul Searle and his staff for their support of my bowling," Turner said.
When asked about her passion for the game, Turner said “I have always loved to bowl and bowl my best. I don’t remember when I didn’t want to bowl and be the best that I could be”.
In addition to being voted 1994 PWBA Rookie of the Year, Turner's other notable honors and awards include 1992 BWAA Amateur of the Year, 1996 USBC 1st Team All-American, 1996 PWBA High Average Award and 2009 USBC 1st Team All-American.
It would be fair to say that Tammy Turner is one of the best women bowlers in the world and the Utah State Women’s Bowling Association along with Storm Products, Inc. is honored to have her as apart of their organizations. Turner was nominated for the Superior Performance Award by friend and fellow Storm Staff Member Marcia Kloempken.
Utah State WBA Hall of Fame Members
|Marilyn McMillan - 1967||
Dottie Thornblad Walker - 1967
|C. Jean Shonka - 1981||
Grace Eppley - 1972
|Shirley Schardine - 1979||C. Jean Shonka - 1973|
|Ruby Haskins - 1995||Ann Slattery - 1974|
|Lois Jensen - 1997||Donna McGregor - 1983|
|Peggy Latham - 2000||Jo Root - 1985|
|Sharon Grange - 2003||Kaye Sullivan - 1985|
|Sharon Wanczyk - 1987|
|Karen Pullman - 1988|
|Bonnie Eldredge - 1989|
|Sharon Wilson - 2001|
|Member Emeritus||Meritorious Service|
|Matilda Biederman - 1969||Kris Saccomanno - 1992|
|Zada C. Dunkley - 1974||Dorothy Torsak - 2000|
|Juanita Youngblood - 1979||Velma Inama - 2001|
|Grace Quinn - 1987||Kathy Young - 2001|
|Nancy Pecharich - 1990||Holley Allen - 2005|
|Darleen Smith - 1993||Donna Smith - 2005|
|Else Jarvis - 1993||Janice Hayhurst - 2007|
|Alora Hawker - 2000||Beverly Miller - 2012|
|Dee Hart - 2002||Barbara Owen - 2012|
|Irene Wildman - 2002||Bonnie Weakland - 2012|
USWBA President • Maureen Nelson - (801) 541-9706
USWBA Association Manager • Marnye Madrid - (801) 971-5705
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