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Love of duckpins strikes chord with Hall of Fame

May 20, 2010|By MARLO BARNHART
  • Judy Phleeger was recently named to the National Duckpin Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Editor's note: This story was edited May 27, 2010, to correct the name of the person who nominated Judy Phleeger for the Hall of Fame honor)

HAGERSTOWN -- When asked how she got into duckpin bowling more than 40 years ago, Judy Phleeger confessed that she took a rather dramatic path.

"I married the manager of the Long Meadow Bowl in 1966," Phleeger said.

From that beginning, she has continued to bowl and has committed herself to furthering the sport for both adults and youth.

For those efforts, Phleeger was named to the National Duckpin Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. She received a plaque for the honor in April at a dinner dance in Frederick, Md.

"It was a total surprise," Phleeger said.

Phleeger was nominated for the honor by Jane Hudginson of the Maryland State Youth Duckpin Bowling Association.

The nominating letter spoke of Phleeger's steadfast advocacy for duckpin bowling. Since 1993, she has been an active member of the board of directors of the Tri-State Bowling Association.

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Over the years, Phleeger said, she has started and helped with many leagues at Long Meadow Bowl until it closed its doors. Her husband, Jack, retired from managing the establishment in 1992.

In her own leagues, Phleeger has held every office - president, vice president, treasurer and statistician - and has been on standing committees.

Phleeger became a coach for the national youth duckpin association in 1970. Three years later, she qualified as a certified instructor.

From 1981 to 1990, Phleeger kept records for the youth leagues in the three Hagerstown bowling centers. In 1984, she became part of the national tournament team, and she continues to work in that area.

"Now, I work at the counter at Dual Lanes on the Dual Highway," Phleeger said.

When asked what she likes best about her 40 years in duckpin bowling, Phleeger said it is the friendships she has made. She said she also enjoys watching youth bowlers grow and become adult league members in the sport she loves so much.

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