In voting by the members of the Southern Bowling Writers Association
, Bill Lillard
of Houston, Texas, was selected the recipient of the inaugural Dick Weber Distinguished Service Award.Lillard
has distinguished himself through performance, service, promotion and dedication to the sport of bowling for more than a half century.As a bowling center owner for more than four decades, he has been very active in local and state proprietors and association projects and promotions throughout his career.He
currently owns Copperfield ands Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas.Lillard
made bowling history in 1956 when he
became the first man to win four titles in one American Bowling Congress tournament.Lillard
also won the 1955 and 1956 Bowling Proprietors Association of America All-Star tournament
was voted the Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Year in 1956 and he
earned Bowling Magazine's recognition for first-team All-American in 1956 and 1957.Lillard was a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association that was formed in 1958.
has won eight ABC Championship Tournament titles between 1955 and 1971.
Now 78, Lillard
continues to prove he
can still roll with the best of them.This year, he
rolled an 1810 for the 9-game USBC Open Championships and passed his
friend and former teammate Dick Weber to claim second place on the career pinfall leaderboard with 108,888 pins for 59 events.His
ABC/USBC Championship 59 year tournament average is 201.Lillard
was the first bowler inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
in 1972.That same year, he
was also inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame
.In 1979, he
was inducted into the Texas State Bowling Association
Hall of Fame.