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-Duggan And Norton Enter To Women's Pro Bowling Hall Of Fame

03/14/2003 - PWBA
      Professional Women's Bowling Association President John Falzone announced today that Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. and Virginia Norton, Cypress, Calif. will be inducted into the Women's Professional Bowling Hall of Fame.

      "This is a wonderful honor that has really caught me by surprise," said Norton. "I never thought I would be inducted because I didn't think I had the credentials. There are just so many talented athletes that have been a part of pro bowling history."

      Duggan added, "When I started my career I never dreamed of being inducted in the Hall of Fame. I feel fortunate to be included in such an exclusive group. This is very special for me because I am originally from Cypress and so is Virginia."

      Voted on by a panel of distinguished bowling writers, industry personnel and current Hall of Fame members, Norton received 28 percent of the ballot while Duggan earned 27 percent. An induction site has not been named yet but both new members will be honored sometime during the fall swing. Other bowlers that were considered included Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., Cheryl Daniels, Bloomfield, Mich. and Carol Norman, Oklahoma City, Okla.

      Selected as "performance" inductees, Duggan and Norton have both produced standout careers that would be the envy of most professional bowlers.

      Entering her 21st season as a national touring member, Duggan burst onto the pro circuit in 1983 by winning the first pro tournament (Houston Open) she ever competed in. She ended her freshman season by being named Rookie of the Year. Since that time, the right-hander, who PWBA Tournament Director Fran Deken describes as a "magician with a bowling ball", has appeared in 80 televised finals knocking down over 28,000 pins (fifth all-time). Along with racking up 15 national titles and 24 regional titles, Duggan has been named to five Women's International Bowling Congress All-American teams and was the PWBA Player of the Year and BWAA Bowler of the Year in 1984. A two-time high average award winner, Duggan holds the record for the highest eight-game block in the history of the PWBA after she averaged an astounding 262.12 at the Omaha Lancers Open in 1995.

      Norton, who is also a member of the WIBC, Los Angeles, California and Southern California Halls of Fame, won eight professional titles in her 25-year career. The former Southern California Bowler of the Year was a five-time WIBC and Bowlers Journal International All-American. She is most well-known for her performances at the WIBC tournaments where she ranks second all-time in all-events titles with three. In addition, she has claimed two WIBC team titles and one singles title. In 1981 she came up just short of a WIBC Queens championship when she finished second to Katsuko Sugimoto, Tokyo.

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