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Doris  Leigh

Doris Leigh

The first bowler to be voted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Doris Leigh is a former champion. A part of a doubles team that set a 1941 world record, she was ranked as the No. 1 lady duckpin bowler in the United States in 1957-1958. She is also a member of the Duckpin Hall of Fame.

Regarded by many as the best youth bowling instructor in the nation and a competitor on the lanes for 40 years, Leigh was ranked among the top 10 bowlers in the country on five occasions. Her average for the 1957 season was the highest in the nation.

Doris Leigh won numerous tournaments, including the National Singles Championship in 1949 and the National All-Events in 1950. She conducted exhibitions and gave clinics from Providence, Rhode Island to Atlanta, Georgia.

Leigh is recognized as both a pioneer in the sport of bowling as well as one of the first nationally recognized women athletes from the state of Virginia.