Rita Justice

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Delaware’s all-time women’s bowling star, Rita spent seven seasons on the pro tour ranking in the top 10 twice and was consistently in the top 20. The highlight came in 1972 in Tokyo, where she
won the Pearl Cup tournament in an All-American field of eight averaging 202, hitting 236 in the finals, then winning the Japanese-American World Cup rolling a 234 in the final match. She was picked
to be on the third All-American team by the National Bowler’s Journal in 1969 and 1970. She was a 1969 top qualifier in the National Pro Women’s Tournament with a 10 game, 2,091, then finished
fourth. Rita placed fifth in the National Women’s All-Star field of 144, also in 1969. In 1973, she was fourth in” Women’s Bowler of the Year” voting. She won the 1973 Greater Rockford, Illinois stop
on the tour, rolling 237 in the finals. Also in 1973, Rita averaged 216 for 24 games, leading qualifiers in the Honda Classic in Akron, Ohio, finishing seventh. Rita was a big winner in Pennsylvania
and Delaware competitions. She served as Vice-President of the U.S. Women’s Bowling Association and became the first Delaware woman to roll a perfect 300 game in a men’s league in 1973.



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