Inducted 1998 - Superior Performance
Dotty Nadeau-Haynes was born to a bowling family. Her father and brother were both regional professional bowlers, and her mother was an active bowler. Dotty began her bowling career at the age of 12 when, after always tagging after her parents and brother to watch them bowl, she decided she wanted to try her hand at the sport. So, she joined her first league and started her collection of bowling awards that first year. At the end of her first season as a bowler, Dotty captured the high average trophy with her league high average of 87. Dotty continued to be competitive with her brother while growing up and it wasn’t long after she began bowling that she wanted to roll a 16-lb ball just like her brother. Dad stalled her, stating the ball was as heavy as she was. When Dotty was 14, her coach moved her up to the scratch division. The league was a doubles league and she was paired with a future youth star, Steve Bowman. She began that league with a 145 average and after getting a 16-lb ball drilled fingertip, she raised her average to 175. Soon after that, she began entering the Junior Amateur Tour Tournaments. Dotty won many bowling awards as a youth bowler, and continued her championship ways when she progressed into adult bowling. Dotty began competing in regional professional tournaments and managed to cash in just about every tournament. After a few years, she won her first professional tournament. Dotty’s impressive bowling skills take a back seat when she begins talking about the accomplishments of her two children on the bowling lanes. Before either of her children reached Kindergarten, they were already champions in their leagues and pro-am tournaments.