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  • Home Town
    Cheektowaga, NY
  • Birth Date
    5/2/1974
  • Throws
    Right
  • Career Titles
    2
  • Career Earnings
    $190,820

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Liz Johnson

Biography

Liz is a member of the Buffalo Bowling and New York State Bowling Hall of Fame.  She is a current Team USA Member.  She loves to go to the gym.  She is a music lover, especially 80's and her favorite band is Def Leppard.   Liz is a huge Yankees fan!

 

Accomplishments

Liz's most recent title is the 2013 US Open where she also defeated PBA Superstar Wes Malott in a "Battle of the Sexes" match after they both captured their major title.

Liz had five top-five finishes in the 2009-10 Women's Series season including a win in the Viper Championship and runnerup in the Scorpion Championship.  She finished second in U.S. Women's Open.  Among her victories are the  2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles with Norm Duke.  She was the first woman to reach a PBA Tour TV final (runner-up to Tommy Jones in 2005 Banquet Open).  She was also the first woman to win a PBA Regional title (2005).  Liz owns 12 PBWA titles including 2007 Women’s U.S. Open and 2009 USBC Queens.

List of accomplishments;

Major titles (5): 1996 U.S. Women’s Open, Indianapolis; 2001 Hammer Players Championship, Rockford, Ill.; 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, Reno, Nev. 2009 USBC Women’s “Queens”, Reno, NV; 2013 US Open, Ohio.

-2010 U.S. Women’s Open, Fort Worth, TX finished in Second (2nd) won by K. Kulick

 - 2009  4th Clash of Champions , Reno, NV.

- 2009 PBA Women’s Series Mixed Doubles Championship champion (with Norm Duke)

- Third at 2008 USBC Queens

- 21st  Grand Boot Hill Tournament Champion 08-30-08 Addison,IL.

- Runner-up at 2007 PBA Women’s Series Lake County Indiana Classic

- Tied for 13th at 2007 USBC Masters (highest female finish in event’s history)

- 2007 PBA Legends & Ladies champion (with Roger Kossert)

- Competed in the 2007 PBA Women’s Series

- Runner-up at 2006 USBC Queens

- Runner-up at the 2005 PBA Banquet Open (first women to advance to a PBA championship round)

- Became first woman to win a PBA regional title with her victory at the PBA East Region Kingpin Lanes Open in August 2005

- Rolled a 300 game in the title match of the 2001 Paula Carter Classic, earning a $50,000 bonus

- Owns two PWBA regional titles

Rolled a “300” #41 at Women’s Open in Las Vegas 08-05-09.

Rolled a “300” #42 an 825 series at Thruway Lanes 11/05/2009 in league play.

Rolled a “300” #43 an 828 series at Abbott Lanes 11/20/2009 in League play. (288-240-300)

Rolled a “300” #44 in Second (2nd) round of qualifying at PBA Wichita Pepsi Red, White and Blue 12/09/09.

Rolled a “300” #45 in League play at Abbott Lanes on 01/08/2010 with a  825 series.

Rolled a “300” #46 in League play at Abbott Lanes on 01/29/2010 with a 790 series.

Rolled a “300” #47 in PBA Regional 3-D Lanes Island Lake, IL. On June 05, 2011.

Team USA

5/20/2012 – “PabCon” Champion of Champions, Florida- 4 Gold and 2 Silver medals

-Two Gold – One for Duos with Kelly Kulick and One for Singles in the PAN-AM games in Guadalajara Mexico on October 24 – 27, 2011.

-Two Gold and a Bronze for (Duos, Team and Trios) WWC in Hong Kong, China Sept.04, 2011. With the Team the USA won seven (7) medals- three (3) bronze and four(4) gold. First time in twenty-four (24) years Team USA has won the Team Gold and Duos events. Rolled a high 279 in the Team event to win.

-One Gold medal for (All-events and Team) PABcon  10-01-10 Las Vegas, NV.

-One Bronze medal for (Trios and Masters) PABcon 10-01-10 Las Vegas, NV.

- One Silver Medal for Team at Las Vegas 08-01-09  W.W.C.

- Two gold medals (singles and team), three silvers (doubles, trios and Masters) and one bronze (all-events) at 2008 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships

- Gold medal (all-events) and silver (team) at 1995 Pan American Games

- Silver medal (singles) at 1995 World Championships

- Gold medal at 1994 World Tenpin Team Cup

-          Silver medal (Masters) and bronze (team) at 1994 World Youth Championships.

-          Made Team USA for the bowling year 2010.

Other:

-2012 USBC Queens – Texas April, 2012 – 4th place.

-2012 World Tenpin Bowling Association International Open. Earned Top-seed berth in the “stepladder” finals held in Las Vegas, NV. In conjunction with the finals held in Paris, France on 3/21/2012/Brunswick Euro Challenge.

-2011 Captured the Women’s 2010-2011 USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Award – 210 avg.

-2010 11-06-10 Champion won “Bud Light Challenge”

-2010 09-05-10 Champion 1st Woman to win the 100th Annual Petersen Classic in Chicago, IL.

-2009 US Bowler First ( 1st) Team All-American – Second Place (2nd)

- 2009 Bowlers Journal International (BJI) First (1st) Team All-American - Captain

-2009 Champion 1st Woman Greater Buffalo USBC Association’s George A. Obenauer             Masters  championship 46th Annual

-2009 VIPER PBA Women’s Series Championship 09/07/09  Michigan

-2009 USBC Team USA Team Trials Champion

-2010 Champion WNY Queens 5th time  01/31/2010

- 2009 Champion WNY Queens 4th time. 01/25/09

-          2009 USBC Team USA Trials champion

-          2009 DHC Japan Invitational- finished 5th.

- 2008 USBC Women’s Championships all-events champion

- 2007 USBC Women’s Championships doubles champion (with Susan Jeziorski-Smith)

- Rolled consecutive 300 games in the 2000 WNY Queens Tournament

-          1998 WIBC Championship Tournament all-events champion

-          1996, 1997 , NYS Queens Champion

- 1993 and 1994 U.S. Amateur champion

- 1994 New York State Women’s Bowling Association doubles champion

- Member of 1993 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships women’s national runner-up (Morehead State)

- 09/17/2006 Viernheim Open, Germany – winner The First (1st) American woman to win  an European Bowling Tour tournament.

AWARDS:

  2012 – Women’s World Bowling Tour rankings – Third (3rd).

  2012 -  USBC – US Bowler 2011 voted to Women’s All-American Team.

  2011 – BWAA- October, 2011 “Bowler of the Month.”

  US Bowler Female “Bowler of the Year – 2009”.   Norm Duke Male Bowler.   02/27/2010

- US Bowler Female “Bowler of the Decade” 2000-2009. WR Williams male bowler. 01/29/2010.

- 2009 Induction into NYS USBC Women’s “Hall  of Fame”

- 2008 Induction into Greater Buffalo USBC Association  Hall Of Fame.

- 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011  Bowlers Journal International All-America team. Highest Women’s average USA  04/2005  “244”

- 2005 and 2007 Bowling Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year

- 1998 and 2001 PWBA Robby Sportsmanship Award

- 1996 PWBA Rookie of the Year

- 1993, 1994 and 1995 Bowlers Journal International Amateur of the Year

- 1993 and 1995 Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur of the Year

- 1992-93 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year

- 1992-93 Bowling Writers Association of America Collegiate Player of the Year

- 1992-93 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-America first team

- 1993 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Most Valuable Player

- 1993 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow