Kim Adler is an American Ten-pin bowling professional who was a member of the Professional Women's Bowling Association. She is considered one of the top female bowling players of all time, competing professionally from 1991-2003 and collecting 16 PWBA titles, including a major championship at the 1999 U.S. Women's Open. In addition to her PWBA accomplishments, Adler placed first in Classic All-Events at the 2004 USBC Women's Championships.
Kim was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and grew up in neighboring town, East Longmeadow. She moved to Florida in 1992. Kim was married in 1994 to Tommy Adler, a paramedic, after meeting him through the Florida Today personal ads. She returned to school in 2004, first becoming an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, working in the emergency department of a local hospital. Graduating nursing school, she continued her work as an Intensive Care Unit RN. She obtained her master's degree in Nursing as a Family nurse practitioner/urgent care. She now lives in Taos, New Mexico with her family, working as a Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner.
Bowling Statistics, Titles, Accomplishments
- USBC Hall of Fame member (inducted 2016)
- 16 National PWBA Titles (one major)
- 2004 USBC Women's National All Events Champion
- 24 career 300 games
- High Series: 823
- Five time All-American Team, including 2000 Team Captain
- Bowler of the Decade (1990's) Nominee
- 2000 Metropolitan Bowling Writers Bowler of the Year
- 1999 Southern Bowling Writers Bowler of the Year
- 1999 U.S. Women's Open champion
- 1993 PWBA Player of the Year, runnerup
- 1991 PWBA Rookie of the Year
- 5th woman in bowling history to roll back-to-back 300 games
- 1st 800 series by a woman on the newly developed Sport Pattern by USA Bowling, 2001
- ranked in the top 10 worldwide for ten seasons
- Career PWBA Average: 210.51
- Career TV Average: 212.82
- Career PWBA TV Appearances: 57
- Career PWBA earnings: $822,743 (9th all-time)
- Career Top 5 finishes: 1st (16), 2nd (11), 3rd (8), 4th (11), 5th (11).
- Adler was the first professional bowler to command outside-the-bowling-industry sponsorships by signing deals with Kiwi Computers, Pacific Pools, and Clabber Girl Women's Sports Team. She was the first professional athlete to use eBay to successfully auction advertising space on herself. In her career, she was also sponsored by Brunswick Bowling, Splitsville Lanes, AMF Bowling, Pro Sports Systems, Kegel Training Center, and Moro Designs/Pro Release.
- She has worked as an analyst for a number of women's professional bowling telecasts on CBS Sports Network and ESPN/ESPN2..
- She was a staff writer for Bowling Digest magazine. She was awarded the 2003 Herta Kissel Bowling Writer of the Year.
- She was featured in various articles and interviews over the years in publications such as USA Today, New York Times Magazine, SPORT magazine, Sports Illustrated for Women, Light and Tasty, Chiropractic Today, Bowlers Journal, Florida Today, Chicago Tribune, Off the Lanes, Parade Magazine, MSNBC, Bob & Tom Show, Monsters of the MidDay, and Murray in the Morning.
- She is also a top bowling instructor, previously with USBC, Professional Bowling Camps, Professional Bowling Instruction, Kegel Training Center, and Adler Training Institute. She continues to coach various bowling students on a local level, and continues her various consulting and speaking engagements within the sport.
12/31/15: Official Press Release from USBC on www.bowl.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Kim Adler of Melbourne, Florida, and Mike Durbin of Hollywood, California, have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category. The two were among eight bowlers (six men and two women) on the national ballot elected to the 2016 USBC Hall of Fame class by a USBC panel of veteran bowling writers, hall of famers and board members.
The 2016 USBC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place April 28 in Las Vegas as part of the USBC Convention. Adler and Durbin, along with three inductees elected in November by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee, will comprise the 2016 USBC Hall of Fame class. Adler, 48, is a 16-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association winner. Her victories came between 1993 and 2003, and her last three titles were at the St. Clair Classic in Fairview Heights, Illinois, in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She was the runner-up for PWBA Player of the Year in 1993 and earned her lone major victory at the U.S. Women’s Open in 1999. She also owns four PWBA regional titles. Adler’s success extended to the biggest stage in women’s bowling, the USBC Women’s Championships, where she won Classic All-Events in 2004. She has 11 additional top-10 finishes at the Women’s Championships, including a second-place finish in Classic Singles in 2004 and a runner-up effort at the 2002 USBC Queens.
- Cannizzaro, Matt (December 30, 2015). "Adler, Durbin to join USBC Hall of Fame in 2016". bowl.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
- Schedules & Statistics, Bowling Digest, October 2003.