Brunswick Staff Adds Hall of Famer Duggan

by Bob Johnson 0

Anne Marie Duggan, considered one of the most versatile bowlers in the history of the sport, has rejoined the Brunswick Pro Staff following a 10-year hiatus.

Former Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tournament Director Fran Deken, like Duggan a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame member, once described Duggan as “a magician with a bowling ball.” With one of the most powerful releases on the women’s pro tour, Duggan’s ability to combine power and accuracy was second to none on the PWBA circuit.

That power propelled Duggan to an impressive career record. She is one of only five women to win more than a million dollars as a pro bowler, and amassed 16 PWBA titles, including four majors. She also was a major force in regional competition, collecting 30 titles in PWBA regional, Western Women’s Professional Bowlers and Women’s All Star Association tournaments.

“I can’t wait to get back on the lanes and compete,” Duggan enthused. “I look forward to battling some old friends, as well as the younger group of bowlers competing today.”

Brian Graham, Brunswick’s Senior Director of Consumer Products, said he is thrilled to have Duggan back on the Brunswick Pro Staff. “We are excited about the new PWBA Tour and thankful that Anne Marie has once again joined the Brunswick staff,” Graham said.

Duggan was named PWBA (then known as the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour) Rookie of the Year in 1993. The next year, she was the PWBA Player of the Year and Bowling Writers Association of America Woman Bowler of the Year. In 2001, Bowling Magazine named her one of the Top 20 woman bowlers of the 20th century. She also was the PWBA Southwest Region Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s. She was named to the Bowlers Journal All-American Team five times.

Duggan has been enshrined in the PWBA (2003) and the USBC (2005) Halls of Fame, and also is a member of the Southern California and Oklahoma Bowling Halls of Fame.

Married to Patrick, Duggan is 52 and has two children, Kelli and Patrick. The Duggans own a pro shop near their home in Edmond, Okla.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.