Top 20 Seasons

USBC Films is presenting a new docuseries celebrating the greatest bowlers and seasons in the history of professional women’s bowling.

This series will give a glimpse into the top 20 seasons since the creation of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association in 1960. The videos will dive into top moments and record performances, while recognizing the storied careers of the athletes that continue to inspire the current and next generation of PWBA Tour players.


No. 15 – Nikki Gianulias’ 1982
Debuted Aug. 7, 2020


Nikki Gianulias earned the No. 15 spot on our countdown of the Top 20 Seasons in the history of professional women’s bowling with her thrilling run through 1982.

Gianulias bowled for the title in eight of the 14 events that season, winning four times on her way to being named the BWAA (now IBMA) Bowler of the Year. She would go on to win 19 titles in her career and be inducted to the PWBA (1996) and USBC (1997) Halls of Fame.


No. 16 – Wendy Macpherson’s 1997
Debuted July 31, 2020


Wendy Macpherson makes her second appearance on our countdown of the Top 20 Seasons in PWBA history, with her performance from the 1997 season coming in at No. 16 on our list.

Macpherson captured four titles on her way to setting the single-season earnings record ($165,425), and her overall showing helped her earn her second consecutive PWBA Player of the Year award. She’d also go on to win the award in 1999 and 2000 to be named Bowlers Journal’s Female Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s.


No. 17 – Liz Johnson’s 2015
Debuted July 24, 2020


The PWBA returned to action in 2015 after a 12-year hiatus, and Liz Johnson helped usher in the latest era of the tour by claiming her first of three consecutive PWBA Player of the Year awards and the No. 17 spot on our list of the Top 20 Seasons in the history of women’s professional bowling.

Johnson captured three wins during the season, including a pair of major titles at the USBC Queens and U.S. Women’s Open. Since the relaunch of the tour in 2015, Johnson has collected 10 titles, including five majors, and sits sixth all-time in tour titles with 24.


No. 18 – Dorothy Fothergill’s 1969
Debuted July 3, 2020

Dorothy Fothergill made a huge impact on the world of professional women’s bowling in the late 1960s, and her 1969 season comes in as No. 18 on our list of the Top 20 Seasons in PWBA Tour history.

The PWBA and USBC Hall of Famer collected three wins in the seven events during the 1969 season, including a pair of majors – the BPAA Women’s All-Star (now U.S. Women’s Open) and PWBA Championship. The talented left-hander also was named the BWAA (now IBMA) Bowler of the Year award for a second consecutive season.


No. 19 – Wendy Macpherson’s 2000
Debuted June 26, 2020


The legendary Wendy Macpherson and her run during the 2000 season ranks as No. 19 on our list of the Top 20 Seasons in the history of professional women's bowling.

The PWBA and USBC Hall of Famer registered two wins during the 23-event season, including the Queens, but it was her incredibly consistency that helped her earn a spot on the countdown. Macpherson notched a then-record 15 championship-round appearances on her way to claiming her fourth PWBA Player of the Year award.


No. 20 - Joy Abel's 1966
Debuted June 19, 2020

PWBA and USBC Hall of Famer Joy Abel will kick off our countdown of the Top 20 Seasons in the history of professional women's bowling.

Her 1966 season comes in at No. 20 on our list. Abel claimed three titles, including the BPAA Women's All-Star (now known as the U.S. Women's Open), on her way to being named BWAA (now IBMA) Bowler of the Year.


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