December 26, 2012 04:34
Story courtesy USBC Communications
ARLINGTON, Texas - Lynda Barnes and Jason Couch have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.
The two will join six other inductees, who were elected in November by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee. They are Rick Steelsmith, Shirley Levens, Sandra Postma and Frank Santore in the Outstanding USBC Performance category, Don McCune in the Veterans category and Tamoria Adams for Meritorious Service.
The induction ceremony will take place May 2 at the 2013 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev.
Here's a look at the newly elected bowlers:
Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
A two-time USBC Queens champion (1998, 2008), Barnes also has six top-five finishes at the U.S. Women's Open. She won dozens of international medals competing for Team USA, including the 2005 QubicaAMF World Cup. Barnes, the wife of Professional Bowlers Association star Chris Barnes, also owns four USBC Women's Championships titles and was a standout collegiate bowler at San Jose State.
Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.
Couch made history in 2002 by winning a third consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions title, also claiming the event in 1999 and 2000. His 16 career PBA titles include four majors - the three TOC wins and the 1993 PBA Touring Players Championship.
Ranked No. 24 on the list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History, Couch has finished in the top 10 at the USBC Masters four times, with his best finish being second in 2001.
A USBC panel of veteran bowling writers, hall of famers and board members vote on USBC Hall of Fame nominees. This year's ballot also included Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif.; Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y.; David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas; Danny Wiseman, Baltimore and Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif.
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former ABC and WIBC Halls of Fame. With the eight new inductees, there will be 402 members of the USBC Hall of Fame - 267 in Performance, 115 in Meritorious Service and 20 Pioneers.
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