California Bowling Writers

2005 Profile Award
1st Place Story

Last modified:
December 18, 2005

Wyckoff Captures National Award
By Mary Lynly

Jackie Wyckoff of Redwood City will be the recipient of the 2004 Sport League National High Average for women. Her 201.02 average eclipsed all women bowling in Sport Leagues in the U.S. She also garnered the High Series, a 687, in the Western Region. Ten states reported scores from leagues bowling on the demanding Sport League condition.

From the time she first began bowling, Jackie has been enamored with the competitive aspect of the sport. She bowled her first 300 game as a Junior Bowler at 14 and has 7 career perfectos, three 299's and a 298. She bowled her first 700 at 13 and has more than 30 - 700 series' and a high of 789 with a lifetime adult composite average of 202.35.

This is really an amazing feat as Jackie had a somewhat auspicious start in the bowling game. It was the one thing she could do for "therapy." "I took a swan dive off a two-story building at age nine and almost killed myself" said Jackie (House) Wyckoff, resulting in breaking both legs, wrists, a left arm, right hip in three places and a severe concussion. Twelve hours in surgery, six months in a full body cast and a prognosis saying she would always walk with a limp, did not deter Jackie House.

She started bowling almost immediately after getting her cast removed. While still on crutches and her mom bringing her ball to the foul line, she would swing it a couple of times and throw it down the lane. Six more months of physical therapy and she graduated from her crutches to a three-step delivery and joined her first junior league. She says she was hooked for life. Fortunately, the doctors were wrong and the "limp" never materialized.

She married in 1977, and soon found herself a single mother working two jobs and raising a one-year old son. She had time for just one league a week but by the mid 1980's she was back at bowling more seriously. Obviously good at the game, a friend backed her in the National Amateur Bowlers Tour and she won the National Championships in 1984 bowling a 289 in the final match.

She has over 25 association and individual titles and holds several current records. She is a Certified USA Bowling Bronze Level Coach and has been a PWBA Regional Member for 20 plus years as well as Western Women's Professional Bowlers and now, the Ladies Classic Tour.

She met and married John Wyckoff in 1988 and says he is proud of her bowling ability and has always encouraged her to bowl in tournaments. John had never bowled when they met but they have been on the lanes together ever since and she says she is proud of the fact that he had good coaching (her!) and now carries around a 200 average.

Recuperating from her "swan dive" seemed to increase her tenacity and whet her desire to be able to bowl. Considering the shaky start, her accomplishments as a youth bowler and adult are a real testament to her desire to do the best she possibly can as anything she undertakes.

She is not only a talent on the lanes; she is also a talented administrator and currently serves as President of the Peninsula Women's Bowling Association, a Director of the National Women Bowling Writers and Secretary of the California Bowling Writers. She is artistic and always brings a special flare to any project or program she is involved in and, although reluctantly, she tackled yet another project and does a great job currently editing the CBW newsletter InfoLink.

Jackie has worked in the bowling business, on and off, for the better part of 30 years (she says she started as a Porter and ended up managing a bowling center!) She currently owns a home-based marketing business and hopes to be able to retire from that in a few years. To do what? To concentrate on the things she loves most - bowling and bowling related activities!

Jackie is secretary of a 30-team scratch league. She walked the extra mile to gain the cooperation of the management in dressing the lanes for a sport condition and worked diligently promoting the league. Her love for the sport has called her to most every facet in the bowling industry one way or another.

For Jackie Wyckoff, winning the National High Average Sport League Award for women is just another example of overcoming the difficult and striving for excellence. Perhaps it all started with that "swan dive."