Voters across the nation and world have selected two people to join six others as the 2013 inductees into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.
Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., were chosen in the Superior Performance category after receiving at least 70 percent of votes in balloting that concluded shortly before Christmas. They will join Rick Steelsmith, Shirley Levens, Sandra Postma, Frank Pastore, Don McCune and Tamoria Adams who were chosen by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee.
All will be inducted May 2 at the USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., McCune in the Veterans Category, Adams for Meritorious Service, and all others for Outstanding Performance.
Barnes won the USBC Queens in 1998 and 2008 and the USBC Clash of Champions in 2008. She also owns six top-five finishes in the U.S. Women's Open. Her resume includes dozens of international medals with Team USA including the 2005 Qubica/AMF World Cup.
Married to Professional Bowlers Association star Chris Barnes, Lynda Barnes also has won four USBC Women's Championships titles and the 1989 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award while at San Jose State University.
Couch captured three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles in 1999, 2000 and 2002 (there was no event in 2001). Among his 16 PBA titles is another major, the 1993 Touring Players Championship.
Rated No. 24 among the greatest 50 players in PBA history, Couch has finished in the top 10 of the USBC Masters four times. His best finish was second in 2001.
Veteran bowling writers, hall of famers and board members also considered Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif.; Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y.; David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas; Danny Wiseman, Baltimore; Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif.
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 when the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling merged. The eight 2013 inductees bring the total hall of fame members to 402, 267 for Performance, 115 for Meritorious Service and 20 Pioneers.