James “JJ” Johnson

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James “JJ” Johnson was a junior and adult league bowling phenom in Delaware who took his game to the highest professional level as a member of the Professional Bowling Association (PBA) from
1988-to-2001. He is the only Delaware-born member of the PBA to ever win a title on the tour’s regular national schedule, beating Pete Weber, 232-197, to win the PBA Oregon Open at Hollywood Bowl in
Portland in 1997. JJ made four other top-five stepladder TV championship round finals, including twice in the PBA’s National Championship Tournament, and placed 4th in both the 1989 and 1998 PBA
National in Toledo, Ohio. In 142 PBA regular tour events, JJ advanced from qualifying to match-play competition 36 times. He earned prize money in 69 national tournaments, banking more than $176,000
while averaging nearly 214 in nearly 3,700 games. In PBA regional play, Johnson won 11 titles and advanced 111 times from qualifying to match play while cashing in 146 events for more than $117,000.
JJ was sponsored on the PBA tour by “300 Inc.” – a corporate name selected because of his national reputation as one of the most prolific 300-game bowlers in the history of the game. United States
Bowling Congress records credit JJ with 67 perfect games, including 15 in pro tournament competition. Considered by many as the best male bowler in Delaware history, JJ compiled a voluminous resume
including three-time Delaware state average champion and three-time Delaware Top 20 Tournament champion.

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