Since receiving the call of her professional life just before Christmas, things have been quite hectic for Double Oak’s Lynda Barnes.
There was the removal of her husband Chris’ gall bladder in December and hers in April. One of their twin fifth-grade sons, Troy, had had two ear surgeries. In January, their water heater broke forcing them to move out of their home for a week while damages were repaired.
Add in a surprise 75th birthday party for her mother in California, Troy and brother Ryan’s basketball and baseball schedules plus planning for the Strike Out Diabetes events in late April in Lewisville and it was no wonder Barnes had no time to think about much else.
With her induction into the Arlington-based United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame occurring May 2 in Reno, Nev., the former Flower Mound resident finally had to address her fate. She only hoped she could finish her speech before her flight.
“It’s all been running together,” said Barnes, the first Denton County resident to make bowling’s top shrine and one of eight people inducted this year. “It’s been a crazy couple of months.”
It all started when USBC Hall of Fame director and Flower Mound resident Pete Tredwell called to tell her of her election. She was the only woman on the ballot who became eligible after completing in her 20th year of national USBC and five years after reaching the hall’s minimum age of 40.
Barnes certainly has hall of fame credentials. A 12-time member of bowling’s national team (one more than her husband), she has won virtually every major international and national title available. Among them were the 1998 and 2008 USBC Queens, 2008 USBC Clash of Champions, World Youth Championships, World Adult Championships, World Tenpin Team Cup and World Cup.
She was named Bowling Writers’ Association of America Woman Amateur of the Year in 1991, 1998 and 2005 and BWAA Woman Bowler of the Year in 2008.
What’s been the secret to such success for the former San Jose State University star?
“I think what sums up my philosophy best is team,” she said. “It’s been a team effort from my family, friends, former teammates and all the coaches I’ve had. Even though my name is going in, I hope to bring everyone else with me.
“Every team I’ve bowled with has brought a different aspect. Every person I bowl with I feel I learn something from. With 12 years on Team USA and four years in college I’ve had a lot of exposure to a lot of different people. I’ve shared a lot of experiences with them all.”
While not all of her family, friends, former teammates and coaches could be with her in Reno, between 20 and 30 did show up.
“People I’ve been around with were there sharing it with me,” she said.
Immediately after her induction, Barnes shared her bowling knowledge at a clinic in Las Vegas. Now she’s in the middle of training for the two major events in women’s bowling – the U.S. Open in July in Columbus, Ohio, and USBC Queens in early September in Henderson, Nev.
Once done, she’ll start planning for next year’s Strike Out Diabetes events to benefit people like Troy, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes. Barnes estimates this year’s trick shooting event, best ball contest, live and silent auctions, and main event, plus ensuing clinic, raised more than $60,000.
Barnes believes her Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation work is the greatest thing she does off the bowling lanes. She also knows that thanks to what’s she’s done on the lanes, the sport she’s competed in since she was a youth has given her far more than she’s taken.
“I feel so fortunate with all I’ve been able to compete in and be able to represent my country so I’ve been fortunate,” she said. “Everything I’ve done is related to bowling including Chris and my family. If I’m not bowling, I feel like a fish out of water.”