Johnson is First Woman to Qualify for TV Finals
Liz Johnson became the first woman to advance to a PBA Tour TV finals during the 2005 PBA Banquet Open at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich. Johnson defeated Wes Malott, 235-228, in the semifinals before losing to Tommy Jones, 219-192, in the championship match. Johnson’s path to the televised finals was made possible when the PBA opened its membership to women in 2004. A year after Johnson’s TV appearance Kelly Kulick became the first woman to earn an exemption onto the Denny’s PBA Tour when she finished sixth in the 2006 Denny’s Tour Trials.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.