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Vicki Montgomery

Life on the road can be trying, as a lot of professional athletes have expressed. But it can be good, too. Vicki Montgomery found it so in the four years she spent traveling on the Ladies Professional Bowling Association (LPBA) tour from 1987 through 1990. She and her husband, Larry, who is also her coach and mentor, traveled in a motor home from one tour stop to the next. She said it was like home, no unpacking, lots of free time for relaxing, and they even had their dog with them. Vicki, an LPBA member for a total of six years, cashed in half the events she competed in over a four- year period. Her best finish was fourth in Las Vegas! "It was probably my most memorable bowling achievement because I was on ESPN television." She must have liked the southwest because she finished sixth in Tempe, AZ, seventh in Albuquerque, NM and she wound up 10th in DeSoto, TX. "You've come a long way, baby," certainly applies to Montgomery, who started bowling at the age of seven to being featured in the premier edition of the LPBA "Strike Force" trading cards and being nominated for the LPBA "Rookie of the Year" award. Becoming a tour player was a natural step for Vicki following her wins at the first Ohio Women's Bowling Association Queens Tournament for high average bowlers in 1986 and the Akron Women's Bowling Association (AWBA) team championship that same year. Later, Montgomery repeated as singles champion of the Queens Tournament in 1990, were on the 1993 and the '94 AWBA championship teams and captured the '93 AWBA doubles title with Theresa Morris when she was named to the Akron WBA All-Star team. In addition, the Ravenna native has won several team, singles, doubles and all-event titles in various Portage County leagues and is a member of the Portage County Hall of Fame. Vicki, who now resides in Florida, is also a Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame inductee.

Inducted 2002 | Bowling