Two York County women will be inducted into the Pennsylvania United States Bowling Congress Women's Bowling Association Hall Fame on Saturday in Reading.
Lindy Decker will be inducted for her bowling ability, while Elise Wolf will enter for her meritorious service.
Many people consider Decker the best female bowler in York County history. The southpaw started bowling at age 8 and was active for more than 30 years before retiring in August 2011 because of multiple shoulder surgeries.
Decker's long list of accomplishments includes 14 perfect games, a high average of 236 and a high series of 847. From 2000-2009, she led York County women in high average six of the 10 years.
Decker was the first deaf woman to roll a 300 game and a 700 series in the nation. She was named Deaf Athlete of the Year by the American Athletic Association for the Deaf in 1992. Decker represented the United States in the Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia, in 2005. She won two gold and two silver medals.
She was inducted into the York-Adams Bowling Hall of Fame in 2004. The York County Bowling Proprietors named her the Female Bowler of the Decade for 2000-2009.
In 2004, she won the Pennsylvania State Mixed Doubles Championship with Joe Andreone. Decker teamed with Julie Carson in 2008 to capture the Pennsylvania State Women's Doubles Championship.
Those are just some of the highlights of her impressive bowling career.
"I was very happy and emotional when I found out I had been elected to the Pennsylvania State USBC Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame," Decker said. "I am thrilled to be one of this year's inductees."
Wolf has been involved with bowling for more than 45 years. In addition to competing for many years, she devoted countless hours to the York County Women's Bowling Association.
Wolf got hooked on bowling in 1966 when she was asked to fill in for someone who was having foot surgery. Two years later, she attended her first national convention in San Antonio, Texas, as a delegate. In 1969, she was elected to the York County Women's Bowling Association Board of Directors.
She served as director, sergeant-at-arms and first vice president. Wolf also chaired numerous committees. She competed in more than 60 local and state association tournaments as well as 15 national association tournaments.
Wolf, a life member of USBC, was elected to the York-Adams Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988 for meritorious service.
"Being inducted into the state hall of fame is an honor I never expected," Wolf said. "It's an amazing feeling."
Wolf said she thoroughly enjoyed her 45-plus years involved with bowling.
"It was never a chore," she said. "There were always things to be done, and I'm the type of person who likes to get things accomplished. I made many, many friends through bowling over the years."