Quintina “Lil Smooth” Jefferson fell in love with bowling after participating in a 1998 bowling fund-raiser. She began her bowling career that year by joining the Frances Abney Memorial League at AMF Clinton.
Realizing she needed to learn the basics of bowling, Quintina received coaching from Frazier Atkinson. Coach Jim Taylor then sharpened her skills on lane conditions, hand positions, and the actual structure of the game. Later, Crystal Shaw-Wesby helped her grasp the mental part of bowling that would help her to adjust on the lanes. Quintina also attended classes at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
She has donated bowling balls, shoes, and bags to area youth leagues and has assisted beginning bowlers with understanding the basics of the game. She especially enjoys coaching new bowlers that share her passion.
Quintina bowled her first 300 game at AMF Capital Plaza as a member of the Bottom Liners in 2003. Since that time, she has scored over 10 perfect games and an 800 series.
Quintina has won several tournaments, including the 2006 Virginia State Women’s Championship Division 1 Singles. She also has three consecutive Scratch Singles titles at the NCAUSBCA Women’s Championship Tournament (2011-2013). In the 2018 event, her “Baby, I’m Sorry” team won scratch and handicap titles.
Her name has appeared in the NCAUSBCA Women’s “Top 10” Ranking / Official Average Leaders 11 consecutive seasons (2007-2008 to 2017-2018)—nine of those times in the Top 5.
Quintina was once known as a “rowdy” competitive bowler. She has grown to understand that being rowdy was not showing good sportsmanship to others. Her new energy level has shown positive reflections for other bowlers, and she realized to get to the next level of being a great bowler as well as a positive role model, she had to let go of the rowdiness.
Quintina “Lil Smooth” Jefferson’s sustained excellence on the lanes and continuing personal advancement as a bowler make her a welcome addition to the NCAUSBCA Hall of Fame.
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