Lee Owen: Women’s bowling getting the respect it deserves

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By this point, I am pretty sure everyone knows that my whole family bowls, including my wife and my 11-year-old daughter.

My wife is already pretty good and hits a lot of tournaments, and my daughter is getting serious and competitive with her game as well.

I found myself rather saddened, however, when my daughter looked at me and asked what there was for women professionally. I looked at her and had to say that there was nothing for her to really look forward to.

For the longest time, the furthest that 99.9 percent of the female bowlers could hope to go is college bowling before settling for local leagues and regional tournaments.

I remember when I was a kid, watching the PWBA, Professional Women’s Bowlers Association, and enjoying the competition. The women were every bit as competitive as the men and sometimes more fun to watch.

After a few strong years of televised play, the PWBA pulled the plug on the tour and forced females to find other methods of competition.

The PBA stepped up and passed a rule that allowed women to bowl with them, but it has not been a success for the females, with only a few making it to televised events and only one winning a tour event.

Fortunately, it seems that the women are making a comeback in the form of the 2015 Queens Tournament getting a television spot.

Not only are they getting a television spot, but a primetime spot at 8 p.m. on May 19 of next year. This is huge for sport of bowling for the women, but even more for the entire sport. This could be the thing that bowling needs to propel it into the future.

I hope you check it out, and remember that the summer swing is also being televised on CBS during primetime.

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