USBC Hall to add 3

by Bob Johnson 0

Four-time ABC Tournament/USBC Open Championships titlist Jeff Richgels, former Women’s International Bowling Congress Executive Director Roseann Kuhn and a bowling star of the 1970s, Cheryl Robinson, have been elected to the USBC Hall of Fame by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee.

The induction ceremony will take place next July 1 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, as the wind-up to USBC Convention Week, and will include those elected from the national Superior Performance ballots.

On the men’s ballot are Del Ballard Jr., David Husted, Amleto Monacelli, David Ozio, Wayne Webb and Tom Baker. The women’s ballot has Dede Davidson and Carol Gianotti.

Richgels, 48, a right-hander from Oregon, Wis., was chosen in the new Outstanding USBC Performance category, which was created to recognize efforts by bowlers in USBC championship events. He had previously appeared on the Superior Performance ballot nine times.

Robinson, 59, of Placentia, Calif., was elected in the Veterans category, while the 62-year-old Kuhn, of Hays, Kan., was chosen in the Meritorious Service category.

Richgels broke through with his first USBC Open Championships win in the 1986 team event. In 1997, he won the all-events title, becoming the first and only bowler to roll 90 clean frames in the event’s history. He also won the doubles and team all-events titles in 2005.

“I didn't feel totally deserving to get in the Hall of Fame on the Superior Performance ballot, and to be the inaugural member of this category is something I cherish an amazing amount,” said Richgels, a 29-time PBA regional winner who was a member of Team USA in 1985 after winning the U.S. Team Trials.

“I always hoped there would be a category to recognize those of us who weren't at the level of players like Norm Duke and Dick Weber, but still did something pretty special and unique.”

Kuhn joined the staff of the WIBC in 1974 as a field representative. She worked her way up to Executive Director in 1996, a position she held until the formation of USBC in 2005 when she became USBC’s Chief Tournament Officer.

“I’m really humbled by this, just really humbled,” said Kuhn, who was instrumental in the merger of WIBC, the American Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling to create USBC. “You don’t get where you are without the help of a lot of people, and so many people have helped me along the way. I want to thank everyone over the years who had a hand in helping me.”

Robinson was an impact player on the PWBA Tour when she won all four of her titles between 1972 and 1978. She also won seven Western Women Professional Bowlers titles between 1971 and 1982 — a time when many WWPB fields were stronger than those of PWBA tournaments.

“It’s really an honor, and I’m just thrilled to death,” said Robinson, who also won the 1980 all-events title at the WIBC Championships Tournament and finished second at the 1980 WIBC Queens. “This was totally unexpected. I feel like an emotional wreck. I’m just overwhelmed.”

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.

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