, Muskogee, OK

July 6, 2013

Muskogee bowler elected to state Hall of Fame

By Ronn Rowland
Phoenix Sports Writer

— When Pam Marshall begins the fall bowling season next month, there will be one moniker that can be added to her name – state Hall of Famer.

On Saturday, the Oklahoma State United States Bowling Congress notified Marshall that she will join Tulsa’s Jim Miller in its 2013 class. The induction ceremony will be on Aug. 3 in Oklahoma City as part of its State Bowling Jamboree.

“I was kind of dumfounded when I got the call,” Marshall said. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’m just having fun. To be honored for something you’re having fun at is just crazy to me. I’m honored to have fun every time I’m doing it.”

Marshall, who was elected in the service division, has been actively serving the Green Country Bowling Association since 1985.  She has held several offices and directorships over the years as well as chairing legislative and publicity committees for many years and is currently vice-president.

While everyone in the Marshall household is excited for the honor, one is upset but for a totally different reason.

“My daughter’s upset because she can’t be here,” Marshall said. “She lives in North Carolina and is pregnant and due in August. I told her to stay pregnant until August 3rd then we’ll take care of that.”

The Muskogee resident also served on the Oklahoma Women's Bowling Association board for three years and now helps run several popular tournaments at Green Country Lanes, such as the Bowler of the Year tournament and the Senior Bowler of the Year tournament.

A talented bowler in her own right, and a member of the Green Country Hall of Fame,  Marshall became only the second Muskogee woman to bowl a 300 game when she accomplished the feat on May 5.

Marshall knows that while this honor is an individual honor, there are people for helping her get to this point.

“My family has lived this along with me,” she said. “That’s something I tell people to. Anytime you get an honor like this, it’s not just you. Your family does without whether it be dinner or your time. They’ve been to many of these events with me and they help me at home with computer work or fixing dinner because I’m going to be gone. Their a big part of it too.”

One factor that Marshall believes has been a big part of her success are the owners of Green Country Lanes. The current owner is Eddie Harris while Pete Shrader was the proprietor prior to Harris.

“When Pete sold the center to Eddie, he was told, jokingly, that I come with the center,” Marshall said. “Being privately owned gives me an ability to do some things that others don’t have a chance to do that are at corporate centers. I have the privilege to walk in to my center say ‘Hey guys, I have an idea.’ That gives me the stage to do the things I want to do.”