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.

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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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