Pete Burdette will be one of the honorees in Saturday’s bowling Hall of Fame banquet at the Peoria Civic Center.

But he will owe his wife, Dawn — big time — after the event.

"It’s our 22nd anniversary that day, so she’s being a good sport about it," Burdette said. "I’ll probably take her out next week to a real nice dinner."

It’s been such a big year for him, that Burdette had to do something he never wanted to do: purchase a suit.

"I run the printing equipment for RLI Insurance Company, and this year was my 20th year there," he said. "So, until this year, I’ve never owned a suit, and I swore I would never own one. But I bought one so I could go to my 20-year recognition, and now for the Hall of Fame."

Burdette, 47, has 10 300 games, six 800 series (826 high) and some tournament titles. And he is currently having one of his best years ever on the lanes.

"Right now, I have the highest average I’ve ever had (247) at Safari, have a 300 in Canton, a 300 at Safari, and two 800s," he said. "I also have three series 780-plus."

Two of his biggest tournament wins came at the 2001 Win a Spot at Landmark Lanes and at a New Year’s Eve tournament at Striketown Bowl, when it was Rosewood Lanes.

"The Win a Spots always had tough players from the area, Decatur and Iowa," Burdette said. "And I won the Rosewood event by more than 100 pins.

"It will be nice to get into the Hall. There’s so many good bowlers in there, that just to have my picture and my name with them means a lot."

The induction ceremony also will be special for 72-year-old Ron Schmidt.

"I’ll have lots of family there for me, and four good friends I grew up with," he said. "Plus it’s Veteran’s Day, and I was in Vietnam (in the army).

"But when they called me and told me I was in the Hall of Fame, I said, ‘You’re (kidding) me!’ I’m tickled to death and proud of it."

Schmidt, whose wife, Donna, is in the women’s association Hall of Fame, has rolled five 300s and an 807, with a high average of 213.

Here are the other Hall of Fame inductees.

Brian Davis — One of the top bowlers in the area for many years. He has a high average of 234 with 18 800 series (high of 837) and 41 perfect games. One of his 300 games came in the 2014 USBC Open Championships. Has been captain in the Bill Mastronardi/Bud Light Masters league 10 times and a first-round selection seven times. Has won five city titles, two Journal Star Tournament of Champions titles, and is on the team that holds the Peoria association's five-person three-game series record of 3,760.

Leigh Scott, Outstanding Bowler — Has 14 titles in the women's city tournament. Also has been on several teams that have won league and tournament titles. Won the Greater Peoria Bowling Association handicap all-events title in 2010. Has high average 200, one 300 game, and 771 high series.

Cynthia Jordan, Outsdanding Bowler — Three Journal Star Tournament of Champions titles (women’s divison in 2008 and 2011, mixed division in 2016). High average of 186, high game 269, and high series 682. Also has won several league and tournament titles.

Brenda Bushnell, Meritorious Service — Was on the PWBA board for 13 years, serving on several committees. Has been a coach for junior bowlers, and a scorekeeper for several events over the years, including the pro event at Landmark Lanes.

Judy Troxell, Meritorious Service — Has been league secretary/treasurer for 20 years, and has helped growth of several leagues. A strong supporter of the women’s city tournament. Every bowler who signs up for her leagues automatically enrolls in the city tournament. For the past few years, she has fielded squads of "bowling Bierbitzches" in that event, focused on having a good time while participating.

Nancy Topping, Pioneer Bowler — Has been a league officer in several leagues over the years, and has bowled for many years in leagues at several area centers. Has been a certified youth bowling instructor and has started leagues for the junior bowlers. Has a high game of 270 and high series of 650, and high average of 180.

JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.