About Kelly

Kelly Kulick Makes Sports History… Again

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On January 24, 2010, Kelly Kulick made sports history by becoming the first women to win a national title on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. As if that is not impressive enough, Kelly’s win came in the PBA’s signature event – the PBA Tournament of Champions. Kelly earned a spot into the Tournament of Champions by winning the PBA Women’s Series World Championship in August 2009. This is the first time a women received a berth into the Tournament of Champions. Her win also gives her a two year excemption on the PBA Tour.

Kelly is no stranger to bowling on the PBA Tour. In 2006, she became the first woman bowler to qualifer full time for the Professional Bowler’s Assocation Tour by earning a spot in the PBA Tour Trials Qualifier. The format consisted of 9 game blocks each day for 5 consecutive days across 5 different oil patters. Kulick included a perfect score of 300 on the final day and finished 6th to earn a one year exception on the PBA Tour for the 2006-07 season.

Kelly’s first victory as a professional was in the 2003 Women’s U.S. Open, defeating Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. Other professional titles include the 2007 USBC Queens Championship, 2009 WSOB Shark Champion, and the 2007 Ladies and Legends doubles event with Robert Harvey.

She is a six time member of Team U.S.A. (98,99,2000,01,08,2010). In 2001, she was named the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Rookie of the Year. In 2000, she was the U.S. national amateur champion and was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Hall of Fame. She won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and won gold and two silver medals at the 1999 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) World Championships. She also claimed five gold medals leading her team to victory during the PABCON Championships in Santiago, Chili 2008.

Kulick was the 1997 and 1998 Collegiate Bowler of the Year while at Morehead State University (MSU) and was a four-time Collegiate All-American (1996-1999). In 1998, she helped guide MSU to an Intercollegiate Bowling Championship and garnered the first of two Intercollegiate Bowling Championship Most Valuable Player titles (1998, 2000).

Aside from competing, she spends much of her time teaching clinics for Dick Ritger. When she’s not on the lanes, she spends much of her time at home working in her father’s auto shop, KBF Auto Body, in New Jersey. She graduated from MSU with a Bachelors of Arts in physical and health education K-12.