California Bowling Writers

May 16, 2007


HALL OF FAMER ROBIN ROMEO HONORED: Californian to be first woman bowler in National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

GREENDALE, Wis. * United States Bowling Congress and Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., will be the first woman bowler inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies Nov. 2-3 in Chicago. Romeo, a 17-time PWBA and three-time USBC Women's Championships title-winner, will join seven legendary male bowlers in the Italian American Hall: Lou Campi, Buzz Fazio, Hank Marino, Johnny Petraglia, Carmen Salvino, Jimmy Smith and Andy Varipapa.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Romeo spent most of her adult life in California. During her 20-year career on the women's pro tour, she set PWBA records for qualifying for match play in 77 consecutive tournaments and cashing in 80 straight tournaments. She also was the first woman to bowl two certified 800 series. Romeo, who turns 50 in June, was a seven-time All-American, a two-time winner of PWBA's Robby Award (selected by her peers for her professional conduct and appearance, on and off the lanes), and she was elected Bowling Writers Association of America Woman Bowler of the Year for 1989 after winning the Women's U.S. Open and setting a women's tour record for single-season earnings ($113,750).

The 30th anniversary National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame gala weekend at the Hilton Chicago and Towers will include a dinner Friday, Nov. 2, to celebrate long-time Los Angeles Dodgers manager's Tommy LaSorda's 80th birthday and the black-tie induction ceremonies Saturday night.

For more information, write The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607, or visit the organization's Web site:

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