NDBC News

November 30, 2015

Jeff Pyles Inducted Into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

Jeff Pyles, the top-ranked duckpin bowler in the National Duckpin Bowling Congress for 15 years, and in the Greater Washington Duckpin Association for 17 years, was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame (MSAHOF) on November 12, 2015, at a ceremony held at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. The GWDA (Greater Washington Duckpin Association) and the NDBC (National Duckpin Bowling Congress) Bowlers all wish to congratulate Jeff on this fine achievement. We are proud to have him as a bowler of such distinction.

Others in the Class of 2015 are Brooks Robinson, third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for 23 years and a Baseball Hall of Fame member; Tom McMillen, a basketball player who starred at the University of Maryland, on the 1972 U.S. Olympic team and in the NBA; the late John Mackey, a five-time Pro Bowl tight end who led the Baltimore Colts to three conference crowns and the 1971 Super Bowl; and Kevin Glover, an All-American center at Maryland who played 15 years in the NFL.

Also announced as members of the class to be inducted were Bernard Williams (Carver), a world-class sprinter who won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics and a silver four years later; and Del Dressel (Gilman), a four-year, first-team All American lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins.

It was quite an honor for Jeff to be inducted with this esteemed group of athletes. Upon hearing of his selection a few months ago, Pyles said “I got goosebumps on my arms...I mean, to be going in with Brooks Robinson, holy cow!”

Many duckpin bowlers attended the ceremony/banquet in support of Jeff, who is only the seventh bowler (six duckpin and one tenpin bowler) honored by the MSAHOF.

Jeff gave a great acceptance speech, mixing memories of his family and friends with his bowling accomplishments. Congratulations Jeff.

From the MSAHOF website:

In the sport of Duckpin Bowling - which is often said to have been invented in Baltimore by two then-future Oriole Hall of Famers - John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson - the name "Jeff Pyles" is synonymous with record-setting performances and astonishing numbers. Aside from his many feats, which include winning the first pro tour that he ever participated in, (at age 17), and leading all duckpin professionals, past or present, with 18 tour wins, Jeff has racked up a number of records, both world and local. In 1929, the National Duckpin Bowling Congress issued its first national ranking list. The Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame's Toots Barger and Pyles lead the organization's all-time points rankings.

The MSAHOF also announced two winners of the John F. Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award — Ed Hale, owner of the Baltimore Blast soccer team, and Jack Zane, sports information director at the University of Maryland from 1969 to 1988. The award is named for the late sports editor of the Baltimore News-American and sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun.


June 10, 2014

Raffle Winners

The NDBC would like to congratulate the winners of the recent raffle drawing held on 26 May 2014.

  • First Prize: Nikki Reid, Portsmouth VA
  • Second Prize: Catherine Hodges, Portsmouth VA
  • Third Prize: Eileen Thomas, Washington DC
  • Fourth Prize: Flo Gering, West Warwick RI

June 5, 2014

News Release

The 84th National Tournament was held between 3 May and 26 May 2014. This year there were only three (3) categories. The final results for the Singles A, Singles B and Doubles are posted here. In previous years there has been an All Events category but this year it was dropped since there were only singles and doubles available. As you may notice from the results the turnout was light. This has been a major concern over the last couple years and we are looking at changing the format in order to bring back interest in the event.

We would like to thank those who did participate in the 84th National Tournament and congratulate the winners.

Official Results!


March 31, 2014

News Release

The National Duckpin Bowling Congress (NDBC) will be honoring several individuals from the Baltimore Metropolitan area in May 2014. These individuals have either excelled on the lanes in the game of DUCKPIN bowling or for service to the game. They will be honored at a banquet being held on 2 May at Synder’s Willow Grove in Linthicum, Maryland.

In order to be named #1 a male bowler must bowl 275 games in both leagues and tournaments. At least 81 games must be league and 75 games must be tournament. A female bowler must bowl 200 games in both leagues and tournaments. At least 81 games must be league and 30 must be tournaments. All games must have been bowled in leagues or tournaments that have been recognized by the NDBC. The following bowlers have been ranked #1 Male and Female bowlers for the 2012-2013 bowling season:

Mark Berends, Baltimore, MD
Games - 676
Pinfall - 101410
Average - 150.014

Mindy Hammond, Glen Dale, MD
Games - 274
Pinfall - 38947
Average – 142.142

The full lists of those ranked in the Top Twenty for both male and female are attached. Each list also includes those given Honorable Mention. Honorable mention is given to those who maintained an average higher than the twentieth ranked bowler but did not meet the full requirements necessary to be ranked.

The NDBC will be inducting Sharon Shipley, Eldersburg, MD and Walter Brooks, Baltimore, MD into the National Duckpin Bowling Congress Hall of Fame for Superior Performance. Jane Hudgins, Pasadena, MD will also be inducted to the Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.

Sharon Shipley began bowling duckpins in 1972 and during her career has won 5 Open tournaments. She has also been ranked in the Top Twenty bowlers 14 times, 11 times in the Top Ten and once at #1. In addition, she received Honorable Mention 8 times. Her highest game bowled is 226 and her highest 3 game set is 546.

Walter Brooks began bowling duckpins in 1986 and during his career has won 19 Open tournaments. He has ranked in the Top Twenty 12 times with 4 Top Ten rankings. Walter’s highest game bowled is 246 and his highest 3 game set is 578.

Jane Hudgins is being inducted for Meritorious Service to the game of duckpin primarily for her volunteerism with the National Duckpin Youth Association. Jane became a NDYA Certified Coach and League Secretary in 1978. In 1981 she was certified as an Instructor and in 1993 became a Certified National Instructor. She has served as Youth Director at the house, state and national level. Since 2006 she has been the Youth National Tournament Director and has served as the Vice President of the National Duckpin Youth Association since 2007.



June 25, 2013

Alva Brown Passing

On Sunday, June 16th the bowling industry lost an icon in the Baltimore area. Alva Brown passed away at the age of 91. We have been told there will be no viewing since she has donated her body to further science. Please keep her family and close friends in your thoughts and prayers.


June 3, 2013

National Tournament Has Ended

The 83rd National Tournament concluded on the 27th of May. The NDBC would like to thank everyone who participated in the event this year. The UNOFFICIAL results of the event are posted. We will review the results and verify the averages as quickly as we can and post the official results soon. Please be patient with us while we finalize the information.

The NDBC wishes to tank Todd Turcotte and his staff at Highland Bowl in Cheshire, CT for hosting the event this year. The Bowlers Association of Connecticut also did a terrific job of setting up and running the event. Thanks to all involved.

Official Results!


May 21, 2013

Weekend 3 of the National Tournament

With the 3rd weekend in the books there has been no change in the leaders for the Singles Divisions. Brian Ewing still sits atop the Singles A Division and Kevin Kroll continues leading in the Singles B Division. There was a change in the leaders of the Doubles with Kris Semeraro and Dave O'Connor moving into first with a combined score of 1073. Kyle Shaw, Chris Ganoe and Colin Dunnack have took over first place in the Triples Division with a combine score of 1543. There is one more weekend to go with 4 days of competition left. Come out and put your mark on history by competing in the National Tournament.


May 14, 2013

Weekend 2 of the National Tournament

The second weekend is in the books and Brian Ewing remains high in the Singles A division. Kevin Kroll moved into first place in the Singles B division with 534. There were also a couple nice games bowled during the second weekend as well. Steve Korik had a 215 and Will Rigney fell short of the 200 mark by a mere 3 pins with 197.


May 6, 2013

National Tournament News

The first weekend of the 83rd National Tournament is in the books. There have been some pretty good scores already. In the Singles A, John T. Zikis had a nice 561 scratch with games of 165, 194 and 202. John is currently sitting second in Singles A after adding his handicap. Brian Ewing started off with 243 for his first game and finished with 131 and 162 totaling 536 scratch. After adding his handicap Brian is the the current leader of the Singles A division. Diane Silva is representing the ladies quite well and is currently sitting third in Singles A with games of 140, 170 and 159 totaling 469 scratch.


April 22, 2013

Spotlight on Connecticut

Over the years there have been many Connecticut bowlers who have excelled on the lanes. One that comes to mind is Mariellen Vogt. In 1979, Mariellen set the World Record for the Most Number of Games Rolled by an Individual in a Singles Season, which is 1344. Another well known Connecticut bowler by the name of Amy Bisson Sykes holds the Ladies High Season Average of 155.080. Coincidently she established that record at Highland Bowl, the host of the 2013 National Tournament, during the 2005-2006 bowling season. Amy has also been named the #1 ranked bowler 7 times in her career. There have only been 28 ladies since 1928 to be so named. This past season another Connecticut bowler, Jason Smith from Waterbury, CT has been name the #1 ranked male for a second time. Jason is among the 37 men who have been so named since 1928.

This year the 83rd Annual National Tournament will be held in Cheshire, CT at Highland Bowl. Todd Turcotte, the proprietor of Highland Bowl, has indicated he and his staff are ready to go. This year is the 19th time the event has been held in Connecticut. If you have never participated in the National Tournament, this is your opportunity to come out and compete against your fellow bowlers and support the game of duckpins.

NDBC Events

NDBC Board of Directors
April 28, 2016 7PM
Holiday Inn Express
901 Jefferson Blvd
Warwick, RI 02886

NDBC Annual Meeting
April 29, 2016, 10AM
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86th National Tournament Opening Ceremonies
April 30, 2016, 11AM
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2530 Warwick Ave
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