ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame will welcome three new inductees across three different categories in 2023.
Cheryl Daniels of Detroit was elected to the PWBA Hall of Fame in the Performance category, and Paula Carter of Miami was elected as an Ambassador. Mary Bundrick of Chicago will be inducted posthumously through Meritorious Service/Builder.
The 2023 PWBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place May 17 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the United States Bowling Congress Queens.
The 2023 USBC Queens is scheduled to run from May 17-23 at the Sam’s Town Bowling Center inside of Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall.
Daniels, 63, has won 10 PWBA Tour titles and owns one major victory at the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open.
She collected her first victory at the 1989 Ebonite Firebolt Classic, which kicked off a four-win season for the talented right-hander. Daniels also collected multiple titles during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Her last win came in 1996 at the Rossford Golden Triangle Open.
In addition to her win at the U.S. Women’s Open, she has recorded nine other top-five finishes at majors and was inducted to the USBC Hall of Fame in 2002 for Superior Performance. She’s also a member of the Michigan State USBC and Metro Detroit USBC Halls of Fame.
Carter, 71, is a two-time winner at the U.S. Women’s Open. The left-hander captured the prestigious victory at the 1971 and 1975 events.
Her performance during the 1971 season helped her earn recognition as the International Bowling Media Association Bowler of the Year and a spot on the All-America team for Bowlers Journal International (1970-1971).
She promoted the sport through several national television appearances during the 1970s, helping bring professional women’s bowling to a new audience, and in 2011, Carter received the Flowers for the Living Award. She was inducted to the USBC Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 1994 and also is a member of the Greater Miami USBC, Florida State USBC and Florida Sports Halls of Fame.
Bundrick, who died in 2001 at the age of 89, played a major role in the creation of the PWBA and served as the organization’s first president from 1959-1963.
While serving as the executive director of the Les Dames De 700 Bowling Club in the late 1950s, Bundrick looked at the formation of the Professional Bowlers Association in 1958 and hoped to bring together a similar program to showcase the top female athletes in the sport.
She hired Georgia Veatch (PWBA and USBC Hall of Famer) to serve as executive director for the new organization and invited eight prominent female bowlers to a meeting that helped set the stage for the creation of the PWBA. At the conclusion of the meeting, rules, regulations and a constitution had been approved and 23 women were made charter members of the organization.
The PWBA Hall of Fame Committee elected the 2023 class based on submitted applications. The committee is comprised of PWBA Hall of Fame members, board members of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and USBC and bowling media members.
Through 2022, there are 44 members of the PWBA Hall of Fame – 26 in performance, 10 in Ambassador and eight in Meritorious Service/Builder.