Stephanie Millward, 38, of Swansea, had undoubtedly the best season of her 30-year career and it didn’t go unnoticed.

She earned her fourth USBC of Southeastern Massachusetts Bowling Association’s Female Bowler of the Year sponsored by P&G Corporation (owners of Wonder Bowl, Holiday Lanes in Westport and East Providence Lanes) for the 2016-17 season. She’s the only female to win the award four times.

The righthanded bowler outscored the rest of the female bowlers in the area last year by earning points for bowling two 300 games, a 299 game and an 806 series. She also earned a point each of her nine 700-plus series.

The points didn’t stop there, however, since she bowled well in the Massachusetts USBC Women’s Association Annual Tournament at Westgate Lanes in Brockton last spring and earned points for a second-place finish in the doubles scratch event (with Pam Southworth) and by bowling three more 700 series (768, 756 and 717). Her averages last year in the two leagues that she bowled in were 217 (Somerset) and 215 (Westport).

“I bowl for the fun of it,” Millward said, “not to get noticed for my bowling, but it is nice.”

Her first Bowler of the Year was earned in 2003, her second was five years later in 2008, and then five years went by again, when she won for the third time in 2013. Only four years went by before she earned her fourth.

Millward, whose mother, father and extended family all are bowlers, has been bowling since she was eight years old in the Suburban Junior League at AMF Somerset Lanes, then known as Holiday Lanes, Somerset. She stayed in the program for about eight years then moved up to the adult leagues as she improved to a 180-190 average and sought more competition.

Her first adult league was the Southeastern Massachusetts Travel League. She bowled with her mom Terry (Millward) and her sister Brenda Sylvia.

“It was fun,” she said. “We bowled at a different center (Somerset, Holiday Lanes in Westport, Wonder Bowl and the former Bowlers Country Club in Fairhaven) each week and faced different bowling conditions.”

When she was 18, her mom signed her up to become a director in the then Southern Bristol County Women’s Bowling Association (SBCWBA), a position she stills hold in the SMUSBC that the women’s organization merged with in 2007. She works hard as banquet chairman which she’s been for her whole tenure.

She now bowls in two leagues — The Wednesday Fun League at AMF Somerset Lanes and the Westport Trios at Holiday Lanes in Westport. Her average in both leagues is now 220.

Last year she started back to bowling in New England Bowling Association Tournaments (NEBA).

“I bowled them about 10 years ago,” said Millward, “but had to stop for a while when I bought and worked on my house.”

Last June she made the cut in a NEBA event and cashed.

“I was happy about that,” she said, “and it (cashing) encourages me to bowl more of them.”

She is bowling in one this weekend at AMF Auburn Lanes.

Millward carries three balls to the lanes each time she bowls. She chooses a ball after trying them out during warmup and will stick with that ball through the whole night, also using it for spares.

“I do not have a designated spare ball,” she said, “I use the same one for my strikes as I do for spares. I adjust to the lanes each night using the same ball.

“My bowling is all me, not the ball. I’m not a fan of changing balls all the time. Sometimes I’m good, sometimes I’m not."

She has bowled five 300 games and two 800 series during her career by following her own plan of attack.

“It seems to work,” she said.

She has started the 2017-18 season on a high note already bowing an 804 in the Westport Trios. The series included a 299 game. A week later, in the same league, she bowled a 792.

“I’ve never had back-to- back Bowler of the Year titles,” Millward said. “I would love this to be the year.”

If she keeps up bowling the way she is, a Hall of Fame nod also could be in her future.

She would be following the footsteps of Dad, Dick Millward and Mom, Terry Millward, who both are enshrined in the USBC of Southeastern Massachusetts Hall of Fame.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The third regular season event of the Bay State Open is a Scotch Doubles Tournament on Nov. 18 at Wonder Bowl at 2 p.m. Registration is at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $100 per team (with a $10 season membership if not already paid). Handicap is 85 percent of 230 (individual handicaps). For more information, visit www.baystateopen.com.

The USBC of Southeastern Massachusetts annual Senior Tournament is Nov. 25-26 at Wonder Bowl. Format is six games over two squads and is open to all sanctioned bowlers over 50 years old.

Handicap is 100 percent of the difference between 230 and the bowler’s average. Entry fee is $40 per bowler. Squad times on Saturday are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Bowler of the Year points can be earned by scratch leaders in the appropriate senior/super senior categories.

Entries close at the beginning of the second squad on Sunday. Walk-ins and re-entries are welcomed.

A NEBA Non-Champions Singles Tournament is Nov. 25 at Wallingford Bowl in Wallingford, Conn. The Tournament of Champions is Nov. 26 at the same venue. For more information, visit www.BowlNEBA.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

David Napier, in the Massachusetts USBC Youth Bowling Association Singles Tournament at AMF Auburn Lanes, bowled his first 800 series, an 804, that included 279, 257 and 268 games.

Kayla Pacheco, in the Braiden’s Buddies League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a 214 game that was 106 pins over her average.

Three bowlers bowled 300 games on August 30 in the Westport Trios League at Holiday Lanes in Westport. They were Brandon Kirby, Shane Lavoie and TJ Souza.

Senior scores were:

AMF Somerset Lanes

John Grobe Mixed Seniors: Sandy O’Hara, 232; Tom Lanneville, 212; Bob Borges, 205; John Zeb, 202 246/655; Kelly Van Hees, 225, 206/624; Chris Mercer, 210; Al Silva, 204.

Wonder Bowl

NFL Seniors: Karl Thompsen, 265, 211, 200/676; Wayne Venancio, 256, 224, 211/691; Conrad Thibeault, 225; Ernie Bourque, 216; Vic Soto Sr., 214; Rick Baptiste, 212, 208/607; Don Mendes, 207, 200; John Zeb, 206; Paul Lestage, 206; Dave Flint, 204; Ed Pendleton, 202, 201; Tom Marginson, 200.

Wednesday Senior Mixed: Steve Dion, 206, 204; Rose Moniz, 202.

Friday Senior Mixed Tournament (Nov. 3): 1st, Diane Mendes, 673; 2nd, Delores Henry, 653; high woman out of the money, Erma Dewhurst, 605.

Other scores were:

DUDEK’S (Warren, R.I.)

Jolly Seniors (formerly from Bowlmor Lanes in Mattapoisett: Leo Rousseau, 103; Danny Bertoldo, 69, 65; Diane Borges, 110; Duffy Steliga, 90; Manny Botelho, 125; Ron Borges, 102, 106/298; Moe Goudreau, 132, 112/336.

HOLIDAY LANES, WESTPORT

Westport Trios: Clem Amaral, 246; David Arruda, 257, 258/728; Shane Batista, 222; Robert Cabral, 243; John Camara, 245; Dale Carroll, 226, 236; George Chelf, 236, 238/699; Mathew DeMello, 245; Justin DeSouto, 234, 236/659; Carl Desrochers, 240; James Ferguson, 288, 252, 259/799; Matthew Ferreira, 247/721; Scott Fisher, 246/710; Tony Furtado, 244; Bruce Garnett, 237, 233/654; Bruce Graves, 279/674; Clayton Jenkins, 234/657; John Kovach, 248; William Mailloux, 208, 220; Charlie McConnell, 234, 237, 235/706; Matthew Medeiros, 268, 245/707; Ben Mello, 246, 237/687; Paul Moser, 247; Todd Nery, 201; Steve Oliveira, 236; Nate Olson, 237, 228, 233/698; Jeffrey Palmer, 264; Michael Parola, 224; Del Picard Jr., 279, 278/777; Robert Przewozeny, 258; Craig Souza, 208; Sean Sweeney, 233; Greg Watson, 245; Joshua Wunschel, 270/727; Diane Couture, 213; Stephanie Millward, 234, 235, 258/727; Amy Robinson, 217, 227/646.