Professional Women Bowlers Continue on Their Roll

After losing their tour back in 2003, the professional women bowlers are back for a third straight year. Here is a look at this year’s tour events, and an exclusive interview with women’s pro bowler, Diandra Asbaty.

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After losing their full time tour in 2003, the women pros have been on a mission to reestablish themselves in the world of pro bowling. So far, it is working. Starting this Sunday, on ESPN, they will make their return to television for a third straight year, with the USBC sponsored Women’s U.S. Open. However, they are not done. Their ultimate goal is to get their full time tour back.

Diandra Asbaty: Top Women’s Pro Bowler

Every bit as competitive, entertaining and exciting as the men, any women bowler can wow you at any given moment in any given event. Fans love to watch the lady pros because most of them can relate to their style and technique. Besides that, they are fierce competitors who are downright fun to watch. They go out week after week not only to win but to prove they belong back on the tour full time. Although they are on their way, there is still work to be done, as they try to get the attention of not only more bowling fans, but mainstream sports fans.

This Season

Slowly but surely the women have built momentum through a new women’s series of events that has increased three years running. In 2007- 2008, they had four PBA (Professional Bowlers Association), events, plus two USBC (United States Bowling Congress) sponsored tournaments: the U.S. Open and the Queens. Last season, the number of events increased to eight PBA sponsored events and the two mentioned USBC tournaments.

This year, they once again kicked off their season with the U.S. Open, which was held in Las Vegas in early August. From there, they embarked on the new month long World Series of bowling, which included five of their tournaments. All of these were held in Detroit, MI, from early August through the first weekend in September.

After a few months off, there will be two more PBA sponsored Women’s events in January. Then the season will come to a close with one more PBA event and the USBC Queens, both in April.

Like last season, this gives them a total of ten tournaments that include national television exposure on ESPN. Even though the number of events has not increased this year, there have been some significant changes to help bolster the competition and give more women a chance to bowl. Last season, sixteen women took part in the series events. This year there will be twenty. Eight qualified last year with tournament wins, twelve qualified by finishing in the top twelve of this year’s U.S. Open and two more will be added in a qualifying round before each event.

The U.S. Open will be televised over five consecutive Sundays starting at 2 PM EST, September 13th. You will see the top twelve qualifiers battle it out head to head to crown this year’s US. Open Champion.

Then starting on October 25th, you can see the finals of the five PBA Women’s series events held as part of the World Series of Bowling. Here is the television schedule.

  • October 25th 1 PM EST: PBA Women’s World Championship
  • November 15th 1 PM EST: PBA Women’s Viper Championship
  • November 22nd 1 PM: PBA Women’s Chameleon Championship
  • November 29th 1PM: PBA Women’s Scorpion Championship
  • December 6th 1PM: PBA Women’s Shark Championship

After the World Series of bowling events, the women take some time off, and come back to participate in the annual Don & Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship, in Medford Oregon, with the finals being televised on January 10th at 1PM.

One week later they will compete in the PBA Women’s Series Earl Anthony Memorial in Dublin, California. Their championship match will be part of the ESPN television show on January 17th.

Their season finally comes to a close with the PBA Women’s Series Showdown, and the USBC Queens, which will both be held in April. Exact dates and television coverage have yet to be determined. So, stay tuned.

The eighteen women that have already qualified for this year’s series of events are as follows.

2008 Series Champions:Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Jodi Woessner, Liz Johnson, Michelle Feldman, Missy Bellinder, Stefani Nation, Wendy MacPherson

2009 U.S. Open Top Finishers:Amanda Fagan. Aumi Guerra, Clara Guerrero, Diandra Asbaty, Jennifer Petrick, Kelly Kulick, Lynda Barnes, Shalin Zulkifli, Shannon O’Keefe, Shannon Pluhowsky, Tammy Boomershine

If you are a fan of bowling or a sports fan in general, you need to check out the women’s events in ESPN. It is guaranteed that you will not be disappointed. Their competitive spirit and fiery determination are contagious and at times mesmerizing.

The best marketing tool and advertising vehicle to help promote the women pro bowlers are the women themselves. No one can talk about their sport with the kind of passion and desire that truly portrays their love for the sport as they can.

So what about the women bowlers? Who are they? What are they all about? What do they have to say? Here is an exclusive interview with one of the most talented and popular professional bowlers in the world, Diandra Asbaty.

All photos courtesy of Diandra Asbaty

Bio

Home: Chicago, IL

Age: 29

Career Highlights and Championships:

  • 1999 & 2001 U.S. Amateur Champion
  • 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005: Top 10 finisher in USA Bowling National Amateur Championships:
  • 2004 & 2007 World Ranking Masters Champion
  • 2006 AMF World Cup Champion
  • 2007 PBA Women’s Series Great Lakes Classic Champion
  • 2008 Qualified for PBA Women’s Series
  • 2008 US Open Television Finalist
  • 2009 US Open Television Finalist
  • 2009 Qualified for PBA Women’s Series

Other Accomplishments:

  • USBC Silver Certified Coach
  • USBC Youth Spokesperson

About Diandra:

Diandra is one of the most popular professional bowlers in the world, including the men. She is not only admired for her bowling accomplishments and titles, she is recognized for her passion for the game and for being incredibly fan friendly.

She is one of the most technically sound bowlers you could ever find. Her technique is textbook perfect and can be used as a prototype for teaching and coaching anyone who wants to learn how to bowl or improve their bowling skills. If anyone is looking for a classic, effective, winning style to emulate, they need look no further than Diandra.

Throughout her college, amateur and now professional career she is one of the most decorated women bowlers of the modern era. Her resume of success is long and impressive.

She has traveled the world to not only bowl, but to promote her sport. She has appeared on television shows such as Good Morning America, WGN Morning News, Chicago Tonight News, FOX News, ABC News and NBC News, to spread the word about her sport. She has been interviewed in print by magazines and newspapers like: ESPN Magazine, US Bowler Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and USA Today. She is a true ambassador for the sport of bowling. She will do just about anything to help make bowling more popular and is always open to new ideas to help accomplish that.

Diandra is a true professional who epitomizes the kind of passion, desire and determination that is admired among her fans and peers. The fire in her eyes while competing can send chills down your spine. Her unflappable composure and focus are the stuff true champions are made of.

To top it all off, Diandra is as down to earth, warm, friendly and genuine as anyone you could ever meet. Success has not gone to her head as she continues to excel in her game and promote her sport as much as she can. She is in tune and in touch with her fans and does everything she can to accommodate them. She will stop what she is doing to give an autograph or take a picture whenever asked. The crowds around her when she is bowling are among the largest on tour including the men. She communicates and touches base regularly with her fans through Facebook and several of her own web sites.

The Interview

About the 2008-2009 season:

How do you think last year’s events went? I’m just glad there are tournaments for women to bowl. The tournaments were well run and competitive.

Were you pleased with the fan turn out at the events? I was a little surprised that there were not more fans from stop to stop. In some pockets of the United States, bowling is more popular than others. The places that stood out to me, as far as fan attendance goes, were Medford, OR and Detroit, MI. The response to the events was positive. The men don’t mind us out there and the PBA welcomes us to their TV show.

What were your goals for the season? My main goal going into the Women’s Series was to enjoy it, and to make sure other people could tell I love what I do.

What would you have done differently if you could? I didn’t particularly have a great women’s series swing. I would probably focus on my equipment to understand what I could have done better. The lane patterns, oil machine, didn’t match up to my roll.

The word is that the women’s series did pretty well in the television ratings while on ESPN. What do you think of that? Well, I’m pretty sure at least one person flipping through seeing women’s bowling stopped to watch that maybe wouldn’t otherwise.

Did you learn anything from last year regarding where the sport of bowling is, and maybe where it is heading, especially for the women? I learned that it has a lot of great bowlers looking to make a living at what they love to do and what they are best at.

About the upcoming season:

How did you feel about the U.S. Open also serving as the qualifying grounds for the entire PBA Women’s Series? This makes sense. Why not make the US Open the Tour Trials. Everyone interested is there, and we are competing on tough conditions.

What do you think about having the first five women’s PBA events in Detroit all in the course of one month? It makes sense to have all stop in one city to cut down on expenses.

Do you think fans across the country (other than in the Detroit area), who like to see the women bowl live will be disappointed because they will not have that opportunity for the first five series events? No, I think that the women bowling fans out there will be happy to just have women’s bowling on television.

What do you think about allowing two more women to qualify for each event, increasing the number of women allowed to compete to twenty? I think giving more women a chance to compete is great. Since we don’t have a women’s tour, why not allow the opportunity to more women?

About the current state of the sport of bowling:

There is a lot of advertising in the popular bowling journals and web sites, but very little in mainstream sports media. Do you think this should change? If so, how would you go about changing that?When you figure this out, let the PBA, USBC and me know. That’s what they have been trying to do for years. Bowling isn’t the easiest sport to break through mainstream.

If you were asked to make appearances at bowling centers around the country to promote bowling and the women’s series, would you? Most definitely. I’m sure all women bowlers would take the opportunity to promote the women’s series and reach out to those that may not know about it.

We often see men pros like Tommy Jones, Del Ballard, and Chris Barnes helping out the women. Is this something they do on their own? The guys on tour don’t do anything because someone tells them to do it. They genuinely want to help the women. Every experience I have had with them has been positive. I’m honored to bowl next to the best bowlers in the world, and learn so much from them.

How far away would you say the women are to getting their own television contract back and returning to bowling all finals matches on television? Is this a goal right now? I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess that this has been the goal for a long time. These would be questions to ask the PBA.

Who in your mind is the best women’s bowler on tour?Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. She understands what she wants her ball to do and how to get it to do it.

If you could have one one-on-one match for a championship, who would it be against?I had that in 2007 against Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, when I won my first professional title.

More about Diandra:

What other countries have you bowled in?Portugal, Dominican Republic, Australia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, England, to name a few.

What are your proudest moments in bowling? I won my first professional title for my grandma who watched live from her hospital bed. Right after I won, I drove right to her hospital bedside and gave her my trophy. I also held a fundraiser for one of my best high school friends, who had a baby with a very rare syndrome, Cornelia De Lange Syndrome, in 2008. I planned it in a month and raised over $25,000 in one night.

How many 300 games have you bowled in competition? Five

Why should bowling and sports fans watch pro women bowlers? They can relate to our games easier than they can relate to the men professional bowlers. We keep things simpler.

If you had one bowling message to give to current and potential fans, what would it be? There is a lot about bowling that you probably don’t know. The more you know the more intriguing it is. It’s a lot more complicated that most people know.

Diandra Tidbits

Diandra has a very successful sportswear clothing line called Kaizen By Diandra. But as she says, “It’s much more than athletic wear. It’s a philosophy.”

You can easily find or contact Diandra at either of her three web sites or on Facebook:

kaizenbydiandra.com
diandrabowling.com
iamdiandra.com

You can find tons of video clips of Diandra on You Tube. Just do a Diandra Asbaty search or to her web site where there are links.

You can catch Diandra on television for the first time this year, Sept 13th on ESPN.

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63 Comments
  1. Posted September 10, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Nice one to share…Great work..I love topics related to sports

  2. Posted September 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Good article. Not much into bowling, but there was a lot of interest here.

  3. Posted September 10, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Great article and really well written!

  4. Posted September 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    A very nice article and pictures Peter. If all the ladies look half as good as Diandra, i for one would be willing to take in a few frames. Well done friend.

  5. Posted September 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I liked it. At least someone a male in fact to write about women playing sports usually men are all like” women can’t play sports.” Good job

  6. Posted September 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Another job well done! Great article :-)

  7. Posted September 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I hope they get their tour back! Nice write :)

  8. Posted September 11, 2009 at 7:39 am

    great write on a very interesting topic.

  9. Posted September 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    This is a wonderful and insightful article on professional women bowlers. It’s nice to read about a sport that you don’t see as popularized by television as you do so like the many others. Peter, this is a wonderful in-depth article!

  10. Posted September 12, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Fab work as always good work from you

  11. Posted September 12, 2009 at 8:27 am

    It’s clear you spent a lot of time researching and writing this. It’s very well done and very informative.

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Posted September 12, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Absolutely awesome article with great pics. Bookmarked!

  13. Posted September 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

    How funny does it sound to list your profession as “Bowler” when asked.. lol

  14. Posted September 12, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Well written article Peter.

  15. Posted September 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    this was well written article Peter, I have more feedback for you but i am going to message it to you.

  16. Posted September 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Peter,

    A very nice article. You can tell you are passionate about this topic. I wish you look with your writing career, and I wish the woment bowlers luck for their next tour. Keep up the nice articles.

    Mary

  17. Posted September 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Good one.

    Inna

  18. Posted September 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Bowling is a great spor. TX for the well done piece with all that good info.

  19. Posted September 13, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I love bowling! Thanks for sharing and the great info!

  20. Posted September 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I love bowling. I was on a league for 3 years and wish I could have stayed on it. Fantastic job on this article and the spot light on Diana.

  21. Brianna
    Posted September 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Well done! You put a lot of energy into this and it shows! Keep it up and looking forward to reading more.

  22. Posted September 14, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Hey peter,
    It’s simply fantastic and I love bowling. The pictures that you up put up are good too. Keep writing!

  23. Posted September 14, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Hey peter,
    It\’s simply fantastic and I love bowling. The pictures that you up put up are good too. Keep writing!

  24. Posted September 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Very Informative, I had no idea bowling was even showcased on television,But women’s teams thats awesome! Do we need more male domantive sports teams in everything?

  25. Posted September 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Yes! I will be bookmarking this and poring over her every word for inspiration.

    Thanks, Pete . j

  26. Posted September 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    What a great topic and sport, bowling is fun! Great article, thanks for sharing!!

  27. Posted September 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Great article and interview! I love the photo spread as well – it really brings the topic to life.

  28. Posted September 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    This is not a sport I am familiar with – but wow – what a fantastic and professional article x love it

  29. Posted September 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I would be afraid to bowl with those women. lol Great read, Peter. Keep up the good work.

  30. Posted September 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Good and informative article about an interesting sport.

  31. Posted September 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Great article and pictures. Well done! :)

  32. Posted September 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Great article… My mom n dad watch bowling both men n women on occassion

  33. Posted September 15, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    That women is so HOT!

  34. Diego
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    That is so good….. Congratulation

  35. Posted September 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Wow, really good article, and nice pictures.

  36. Lost in Arizona
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

    This brought back memories from the first time I went bowling. The ball flew off my hand and went flying in to some of my friends standing behind me. I knew then that I would never have a professional career…lol! Well done Peter. ;)

  37. Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Stunning write as always Peter. I love to bowl but I guess I could use a few lessons myself lol Great work:)

    xo

  38. Posted September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Hi Peter,

    While I am not really into sports, I do like to bowl. You have writing an excellent piece here. Good work and keep it up.

  39. Posted September 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Great Work. I love to Bowl

  40. Posted September 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    My parder is the sports fan in our house but I do admire the great effort and stamina if takes to endure in sports.

  41. Posted September 16, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Great write Peter. I love bowling so I understand how these ladies feel. You can see by the number of comments that we on Triond are supporting you.

  42. Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Really Nice Peter

  43. Posted September 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Wow Peter, this one took some time. I love bowling, but I hardly ever watch it on tv or live. However, with the addition of women, it might just make for a more entertaining sport. lol

  44. Posted September 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Peter I stumbled this article for you with another review. You as always my friend write very thourough articles that are always interesting to read and very informative.
    thumbs up/like

    tina

  45. Holger Thomas
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Nice article and great achievements. I wished there was more coverage from women’s competitions.

  46. Posted September 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Yes, I agree. Great article. I love the coverage, the background, the bios and the pictures. This is really good work and you should be proud. I’m sure the women really appreciate it too!

  47. Posted September 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    As I can see your fans are loving it! Though I’m not much of a follower of bowling but I enjoyed your article simply for the compilation of it. Very nicely done!

  48. Posted September 24, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Nice article! Great sport! I’m not that good at that sport so I truly appreciate this, thanks!

  49. Posted September 25, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    A very informative article. Very well researched! I had no idea about women’s bowling. Thanks for posting!!

  50. Posted September 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Very good article!

  51. Posted October 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Brilliant refresher . j

  52. Posted October 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Great article, you made me like bowling more than I ever did!

  53. Posted October 14, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Great post. I really felt sorry of myself to have not trained well in this ballgame.

  54. Posted October 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Good article! Congrats on it getting picked up :)

  55. Posted October 31, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I don’t follow bowling much, but I love bowling. lol.
    Great article though.. and congrats. :)

  56. Posted November 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Very thoroughly written Peter!! I love that you included everything in the article…info, bio, and q&a!! Once again you rocked out with this one!!

  57. Posted December 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Very interesting data here. I’ll at least be on top of the Dec. 6 ,Shark championship. Thanks!

  58. Posted December 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Very Nice Article…thanks…

  59. Posted December 16, 2009 at 12:42 am

    very interesting to read.. Thanks.

  60. Posted March 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I admire these ladies for their determination and passion for their sport ~ I love my comfy sportswear and I like Diandra’s clothing line :-)

  61. Brent Oestreich
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    u kinda look like my language arts teacher u look good.

  62. Posted May 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love bowling. Half the time I suck but it never kills the joy of the game. Diandra should do give me pointers;)

  63. Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Wow!! You are certainly are talented

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