Donna Adamek

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Donna Adamek (born February 1, 1957 in Duarte, California United States)[1] is an American tenpin bowler who was named Bowler of the Year on the WIBC Tour four times (1978–1981). She grew up in Monrovia, California, about 14 miles northeast of Los Angeles with her parents and her three older siblings.


Adamek started bowling at a very young age. Her parents recount that she was beating the adult bowlers at age 10 - and even rolled a 200 in the fourth game she ever bowled. In 1975, Adamek received the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award for being the top junior bowler.[2] This success inspired her to turn professional. By 1976, after dropping out of California State University at age 19, she joined the professional circuit.[1] Though naturally left-handed, Adamek bowls right-handed.

Nicknamed "The Mighty Mite", as she was just five feet, two inches tall and 125 pounds, Adamek dominated women's bowling between 1978 and 1981.[3] She has won 19 professional titles in her 16-year career as a professional. Among those wins were the WIBC Queens title in 1979 and 1980, two U.S. Opens, and the Sam's Town Invitational in 1988. Adamek is a member of the PWBA and WIBC Halls of Fame.


  1. ^ a b Calio, Jim (1980-06-23). "For What It's Worth (not Enough, She Claims) Donna Adamek Is Bowling's Top Woman Pro". Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  2. ^ " | Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  3. ^ Ralph Hickok. "Biography - Donna Adamek". Retrieved 2012-06-12.

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