October 28, 2007 19:00
Robin Romeo, a PWBA and USBC Hall of Famer, will fill in for Wendy Macpherson in the opening event of the inaugural PBA Women’s Series when it kicks off Oct. 31-Nov. 4 with the Motor City Classic at Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich.
Macpherson earned one of 16 exemptions for the PBA Women’s Series – which is being sponsored by the USBC – when she finished sixth in the PBA Women’s Tour Trials which ran in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s Open, a USBC event. She will compete in the final three of the four events, but is unable to bowl in Taylor as she is currently bowling on the Japanese Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA) women’s tour.
Romeo was a 17-time champion on the now-defunct PWBA Tour and captured three USBC Women’s Championships. During her 20-year PWBA career, she set PWBA records by qualifying for match play in 77 consecutive tournaments and cashing in 80 consecutive events.
The 50-year-old was also a two-time winner of the PWBA’s Robby Award (selected by her peers for her professional conduct and appearance, on and off the lanes) and was elected Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) Woman Bowler of the Year in 1989 after winning the U.S. Women’s Open.
Romeo was next in line after Macpherson withdrew as she finished 17th in the PBA Women’s Tour Trials, just 19 pins behind Tennelle Milligan, who earned the final exemption after 32 games of qualifying.
Macpherson, a four-time PWBA Player of the Year and four-time BWAA Bowler of the Year, holds the record as the youngest woman to win both the U.S. Women’s Open (18) and USBC Queens (20). She went on to win two additional Queens titles, making her one of just two bowlers to win the event three times. She was named the Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s by Bowlers Journal.
This summer, Macpherson won her first career JPBA tournament as a member, capturing the Round 1 Tournament in Osaka, Japan. She became a ranked player in June, making her eligible to bowl in all JPBA women’s tournaments.
All four PBA Women’s Series events will run concurrently with Denny’s PBA Tour events, with the title match of each event airing as part of the live ESPN-televised championship round.
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