The Michigan State USBC Women’s Bowling Association is proud to dedicate the 2013 tournament to Julie Oczepek of the Saginaw USBC.
Julie started bowling in 1982 as a youth bowler, but six years later she quit the game went she entered high school. Four years later, Julie started back into bowling when she was required to take a Phys Ed class in college. Taking that class, made her realized how much she missed bowling and she began to really work on her game.
Julie has had the benefit of being coached by three great coaches: Dan Dorion from Saginaw Valley State University, Brian Waliczek, Kingpin Pro Shop and Sean Klug.
In addition, her father, Ron Oczepek, has also been a big part of her bowling career. He travels with her to the majority of her tournaments and leagues....she and her dad are a team; he is her second set of eyes. Julie's friends and the rest of her family have also been very supportive with her career and also travel to support her whenever possible. Julie has been an Advisory Staff Member with Brunswick since 2011 and was added to the DV8 Advisory Staff in 2012.
Some of the Highlights of Julie's Career:
Julie has rolled 21 - 300 Games and 11- 800 series, an 858 being her highest. From 1997-2000, she was a Member of the Ladies Professional Bowling Tour and the Professional Womens Bowling Association.
Her National recognition includes Tournament Titles in 2008-09 National 300 Club Tournament as well as the 2005-2006 National High Average Award for her 237 average.
Her State Tournament Titles include:
In the 2008-2009 season, she was named the Michigan Majors "Rookie of the Year" where she was the first woman in its 42 years existence to be the high qualifier. And in 2005, Julie was inducted into the Michigan Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame for Superior Performance.
In addition, Julie has won several City Tournament Titles in the Saginaw area, the 2008-09 Saginaw 600 Club Tournament and has been named their Bowler of the Year 12 times. In January of this year, Julie won the Metro Detroit USBC Association Rip 10 Entertainment Women's event. Julie is certainly an outstanding representative of our sport.
Julie, it is with pride and pleasure that we present you with this plaque as our 2013 Tournament Honoree.