DV8 Bowling has added its first female bowler to the team of high-energized pro staff members. Team USA bowler, Shannon “Shan-O-Mac” O’Keefe, is ready for a great bowling season with DV8 Bowling.
O’Keefe, a right-handed bowler from Arlington, Tex., began bowling at 16 and has been a member of Team USA for eight consecutive years. She joined the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in 2008 and finished first in the 2009 PBA Women’s Series Tour Trials. She has 22 perfect games.
O’Keefe’s most recent accomplishments include winning the 2011 Texas State Blue Bonnet Queen’s Tournament, being a member of the first-place team in the 2011 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women’s Championships, and her proudest achievement was bringing home the gold medals in the 2011 Trio’s and Team World Women Championships in Hong Kong, a feat which had not been achieved by Team USA in 24 years.
When she’s not bowling, O’Keefe enjoys volleyball, golf and running. It’s no wonder O’Keefe has a strong sense of sport’s competitiveness. Originally from Oregon, she’s an avid softball player, having grown up playing fast-pitch softball, where she later earned a full-ride scholarship to Portland State University. As a college freshman, she was a first team all-American center fielder. She was also recognized at the Oregon Hayward Awards in 2007 as a finalist for Professional Woman Athlete of the Year. At 15, she was recognized as one the final 160 women competing for a spot on the 1996 Team USA Softball Team.
O’Keefe also spends her free time coaching a bowling team of young girls. “They remind me constantly why I love this game and how blessed I am to do what I love,” she says.
“I’m truly honored to join the DV8 Pro Staff. It’s such a great feeling to know that a company is behind you and has confidence to bring you on board. These new bowling balls are incredible. I’m ready. Let’s do this … bring on 2012!”
“We are really excited to add Shan-O-Mac to the DV8 pro staff,” said Brian Graham, DV8 Marketing Director. “Shannon’s bowling talent, combined with her incredible athleticism, makes her one of the top female bowlers in the world. Her aggressive attitude on the lanes makes her a great match for the DV8 brand.”
O’Keefe joins Ronnie “Country Boy” Russell, Brian “Deuce” Valenta, Mike “Choogs” Machuga, and Finnish bowler, Joonas “JJ” Jähi on DV8 Pro Staff.