OZIO, SHADY INDUCTED INTO USBC HALL OF FAME
LAS VEGAS - The United States Bowling Congress Hall
of Fame welcomed two new members and celebrated their accomplishments
Wednesday at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.
The 2017 USBC Hall of Fame Class includes David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas,
in the Superior Performance category and Mike Shady of Girard,
Pennsylvania, for Outstanding USBC Performance.
Ozio, 63, is an 11-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour
titlist, including the 1991 PBA Tournament of Champions, part of a
four-win year that ended with PBA Player of the Year honors.
He went on to find success on the PBA50 Tour, earning two victories, the
first of which was the 2004 Senior U.S. Open on the way to being named
PBA50 Rookie of the Year.
"The honor tonight is beyond measure," said Ozio, who was ranked 34th on
the PBA's list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History (2009). "When
you think back to the dedication and the things it took to get here, was
it worth it? By all means. I would've done it again 10 times over."
Shady, 51, has experienced an unprecedented run of success at the
USBC Open Championships, which includes two wins on the championship
lanes - Team All-Events (2005) and Regular Team (2011) - and 13
additional top-10 finishes.
He also is the tournament's lifetime average leader for competitors
with a minimum of 20 years of participation, with a mark of 222.28 in 21
appearances (189 games). He has posted an all-events score of 1,900 or
better in 20 of those years.
The right-hander's resume includes first-team All-America honors
while competing for Nebraska during the 1986-1987 and 1987-1988 seasons
and a win at the 1985 Intercollegiate Team Championships, while bowling
for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Shady went on to claim one PBA Tour title at the 1992 Earl Anthony PBA Open in Dublin, California.
"Tonight, I am truly honored and humbled to be in the same category
as everybody who walked through that door earlier," Shady said. "I'm
filled with gratitude and just very humbled."
Through 2017, there are 419 members of the USBC Hall of Fame - 218 in
Superior Performance, 117 in Meritorious Service, 50 in Veterans, 20 in
Pioneers and 14 in Outstanding USBC Performance.
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former
American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress
Halls of Fame.