LAS VEGAS – The United States Bowls Hall of Fame welcomed five new members and celebrated their achievements at the Orleans Hotel and Casino on Thursday night.
The 2016 USBC Hall of Fame Class features Kim Adler of Melbourne, Fla., And Mike Durbin of Hollywood, Calif., In the Superior Performance category; Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah, for USBC Outstanding Performance; Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Town, Mich., In the Veterans Division; and Joan Romeo of Van Nuys, Calif., for Meritorious Service.
Adler is a winner of the 16-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association, which included the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open. She also achieved success at the USBC Women’s Championships, claiming the title of Classical Events in 2004. 11 Her top-10 finishes at the Women’s Championships, including a second-place finish at Classic Singles in 2004 and a second-place attempt at USBC Queen 2002.
“It’s definitely the only hall of fame I participate in bowling,” Adler said. “There’s nothing like starting from the top. I had traveled so much in my bowling course that I had never been in one city big enough to get the many years it usually takes to qualify for a local or state association. I am so happy to be able to have this, and not just for me but for the people involved in my bowling course. ”
Durbin won 14 Professional Bowling Association Tour titles over three decades, and was the first winner of the three-time Champion Championship (1972, 1982 and 1984). He won six PBA regional titles, won the 1967 PBA Rookie of the Year award and earned a No. 22 spot on the list of 50 of PBA’s greatest players. It was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1984.
“This is the end of my career,” Durbin said. “This is the cherry on top of the sweetest cake you can think of. It’s just an amazing experience. The only negative is that my parents are not here to see. I’ve been involved in the sport of bowling all my life, and they were involved in the sport of bowling as well. There is no higher honor than being a member of the USBC Hall of Fame. “
Kloempken is a two-time member of Team USA, winning gold medals in doubles and triples in 1991 at the Men’s World Bowling Championships in Singapore. In college, he helped Wichita State win three Intercollegiate Team Championships from 1993-1995. At the USBC Open, he won the All-Events Team in 2003 and a regular All-Events in 1993. In 27 years as an Open Championship competitor, Kloempken holds an average of 213.5.
“It is an honor to be included in such a great group of professionals, bowlers and greats,” said Kloempken. “And, that was a terrible class. I couldn’t be more proud of the people I was in. Even in the times where they have brought in all the prestigious halls of the past, your hook will fall to wondering exactly who I am a part of and our class is like part of it. It is a great honor and luck for me, and I look forward to being part of this hall of fame for years to come. ”
Sullins is a five-time PBA national champion. Renowned for his length, he holds the PBA record for 23993 consecutive tournament appearances. His resumé also includes 32 regional awards and PBA50, including the 2009 PBA World Championships. In Michigan, Sullins has won 10 city championships and nine state titles, which helped earning him admission to the Metro Detroit Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Michigan State Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
“As a professional, this is one of the highest honors, but it is also one of the highest honors for amateurs,” Sullins said. “You are always a member of USBC. And I am proud of our competitions in Michigan State and Metro Detroit when they say ‘supported by USBC approval. ‘When you can win those competitions, for me, it’s great because it’s a USBC competition, not just a local competition or a state competition.’
Romeo has been president and vice president of the International Bowling Media Association, and president of California Bowling Writers. She was executive coordinator for World Bowling and was a trustee of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. She has won the California Women’s Bowling Association Distinguished Service Award, the Columbia 300 Humanitarian Award, the American Bowling Writers Association Confidence Service Award and the BWAA President’s Award.
“It’s a great honor because I wasn’t affiliated with any company, it was just me,” said Romeo. “It’s amazing that I can be recognized for doing something I loved. So many people helped me get here. “
During 2016, there are 417 members of the USBC Hall of Fame – 217 in Superior Performance, 117 in Meritorious Service, 50 in Veterans, 20 in Pioneers and 13 in USBC Outstanding Performance.
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the American Bowling Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame.
For more information about USBC Hall of Fame, visit BOWL.com/HallofFame.