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Missy Bellinder:”Any dream is a dream worth fighting for”

 American Missy Bellinder has achieved her dream of becoming a Pro Bowler. Strange as it may seem to some, but this young lady’s ambition has always been to become a bowler. She says “most kids will respond with ‘be a doctor’, ‘be an engineer’, ‘a teacher’ etc. Hers had always been ‘be a bowler’.

Missy practically grew up at a bowling alley. Her father Frank is a long time PBA member and owns and operates a proshop. She started bowling at the age of 2+ yrs…by sitting near the foul line and pushing the ball onto the lane!

Missy turned pro in 2004 at the age of 22 yrs. The PBA Women’s series is a small tour. Currently it only lasts from October to January. Missy’s dream is for it to expand to a bigger tour.

Missy is also a member of the Men’s PBA Regionals and is the only woman with 2 Regional titles. Her favorite quote is: “Any dream is a dream worth fighting for”.

Her advice to bowling aspirants is: “Don’t be afraid to study overseas. Try new things”. A sound advice indeed, as exposure is most important for inner growth.

As for her trip to Malaysia for the Canon Malaysian Open, Missy had fun, but is disappointed that the pins didn’t co-operate when they mattered most. She failed to proceed to the finals even though she felt she bowled well…”just not my day”.

When she’s not on a bowling tour, Missy Bllinder spends her time coaching. She’s been coaching since she was 16 yrs old and loves coaching! She’s also a USBC certified Bowling Instructor.

You can check out more about Missy by visiting her website:

Have a great day!




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The History Of Bowling (Part 2)

While it is uncertain when the game of tenpin bowling evolved, it was prevalent in many states such as New York, Ohio and as far ‘west’ as Illinois by the late 1980’s. However, details like ball weights and pin dimensions varied by regions.

In 1875, eleven bowling clubs came together to standardize the rules. Yet, it would be another 20 years before this became a reality. Restauranteur Joe Thum finally managed to pull together representatives of the various bowling clubs. On September 9, 1895, at Beethoven Hall in New York City, the American Bowling Congress was born.  Standardization was established and major national competitions could be held.

While women had been bowling since the later half of the nineteenth century, the American Bowling Congress was for men. It was only in 1917 that the Women’s International Bowling Congress was born in St. Louis. Encouraged by this development, women leaders from around the country participating in tournaments, decided to form what was then called the ‘Women’s National Bowling Association’. Read the rest of this entry »

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