“Karla (Myers) Bateman and Val Titus became the newest members of the Moline-Rock Island Women’s B.A. Hall of Fame in ceremonies held last month. Bateman was named for her outstanding performances as a bowler while Titus was tabbed for her exceptional service to the game.
Bateman got her start at age 12 in a junior league at the former Central Bowl (now Family Fun Center). She was a member of the first-place team in the youth state tournament that year. One year later, she paired with her mother, Ethel Becka, to become the mother-daughter division champions at the state tournament.
Bateman entered WIBC competition at 17 and since then has had a run of great accomplishments. She bowled as Karla Myers during most of those years. Her late husband, Ron Myers, who was named to the Rock Island B.A. Hall of Fame earlier this year, died in 1989.
On two occasions, Bateman was the singles champion of MRIWBA annual tournaments. She was also the all-events winner three times.
Bateman has bowled two 300 games during her career and has had many series over 700, topped by a 791. She posted a 1054 four-game series in the Trio Classic League that stood as a league record for many years.
Long recognized as one of the area’s top female bowlers, Bateman has averaged over 200 on numerous occasions, Her career high has been 206.
In 1978, Bateman tested the waters of the LPBT competition, an experience she ranks as a highlight of her years on the lanes.
Titus is a veritable workhorse in the bowling game and currently holds offices in three leagues. She is secretary of the Rock Island Ladies League while also serving as president of the Trio Classic and treasurer of the Saturday Nite Mixed League.
By her own admissions, Titus is “only an average bowler” in the game she has enjoyed for the past 54 years. An outstanding spare shooter, Titus has rolled six all-spare games.
Titus was a member of the MRIWBA board for 19 years. She served 13 years as a director and six years as first vice president. She was a delegate to three Illinois Women’s B.A. Conventions and has been a delegate to the WIBC Convention on seven occasions.
She considers being a delegate to the 1994 WIBC Convention as the highlight of her years of service. It was at that convention, held in Salt Lake City, that the MRIWBA and the Davenport-Bettendorf Women’s B.A. made its successful bid for the 1998 WIBC Tournament and Convention.
Both Bateman, as a really fine bowler, and Titus, as an outstanding example as a bowling administrator, are deserving of the honor of being elected to the MRIWBA Hall of Fame.”
April 21, 1996