The United States Bowling Congress recently added three members to its Hall of Fame. Del Ballard Jr., Wayne Webb and Carol Gianotti were elected in the Superior Performance category by a panel of veteran bowling writers and Hall members.
The trio joins Jeff Richgels (Outstanding USBC Performance), Roseann Kuhn (Meritorious Service) and Cheryl Robinson (Veterans), who were elected in November by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee.
Ballard, 47, of Keller, Texas, won 13 PBA titles between 1987 and 1993. Among those were the 1988 USBC Masters and the 1989 Firestone Tournament of Champions. Ballard was a 2009 inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame.
Webb, 53, of Columbus, Ohio, won 20 PBA titles from 1978-97. Webb captured the 1980 Firestone Tournament of Champions and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993.
Gianotti, 43, of Perth, Australia, won 16 Ladies Professional Bowlers Association titles between 1989 and 2000. Gianotti captured the USBC Queens title in 1989 and the silver medal in doubles in the 2009 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women's Championships with Ann Maree Putney.
For the second straight year, Amleto Monacelli failed to gain election to the hall. Monacelli won the only PBA event to ever be held in Lexington, the 1994 Greater Lexington Classic at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland. The 49-year-old from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, has won 19 PBA titles and over $2 million in career earnings He is the only foreign player to be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame.
Bradley Open this weekend
The 32nd Bradley Open begins Saturday at Eastland. The event is open to the first 264 entrants and the entry fee is $200. The scratch singles event features a first prize of $5,000 and a paid entry to the 2012 USBC Masters and High Rollers Tournaments. Entry forms are available at either Collins Center or by calling Eastland at (859) 252-3429. The action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and concludes Sunday afternoon.