Bowling World, August 2005
Ignizio began bowling in 1959 at age 12. Seven years later, she burst onto the
professional bowling scene. By the age of 20, she won four Women's Professional
Bowling Association (WPBA) tournaments, her first WIBC Queens title, and was
named the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow and the Bowling Writers Association
of America Woman Bowler of the Year in 1967.
That same year, Ignizio also tied a women's three-game series record of 792 in
her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., became the first woman to roll a perfect game in
the history of professional bowling and was voted one of the top 10 female athletes
by the Associated Press.
In addition, Ignizio led the nation in league average for consecutive seasons from
1966-67 and 1969-70. Her 219 average in 1967-68 was an all-time high. She won
two WPBA titles in 1968, followed by the Queens Eastern Classic, WPBA National
Championships and three WPBA National Championship titles in 1969. She also
earned second place in the WIBC Queens Tournament that year. She then captured
back-to-back WIBC Queens titles in 1970 and 1971. Ignizio would hold the record for
Queens’s titles until 2003, when Wendy Macpherson won her third Queens title to tie
the record. Macpherson's two other Queens titles came in 1988 and 2000.
Ignizio's prowess also was evident in the WIBC Championship Tournaments of the
early 1970s, where she captured the doubles titles in 1971 and 1973, team titles in
1970 and 1972, and all-events in 1972.
At age 28, Ignizio's career was interrupted due to a severe arthritic back condition
she developed after she was injured in an automobile accident. She slowly worked
her way back and now bowls in regional tournaments.
Ignizio was inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame for Performance in 1975, becom-
ing the youngest person to be so honored. She also has been inducted into the
Rochester WBA Hall of Fame (1974), New York State WBA Hall of Fame (1976) and
Professional Women's Bowling Hall of Fame (1995).