2010 IBMA/BWAA Bowlers of the Month
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ENGLAND’S WILLIAMS NAMED BWAA DECEMBER BOWLER OF THE MONTH

 
Stuart Williams, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England, has been named the December 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.  Williams defeated Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 422-417, in a two-game match to win the European Bowling Tour "Platinum" Qatar Bowling Open and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. US$43,865). He survived a tough semifinal match against Sayed Al-Hashiemi, United Arab Emirates, prevailing 449-442.   A regular on the EBT, he has six victories since 2003, finishing fourth in 2010 EBT rankings. In 2007, he captured the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s World Ranking Masters championship, among international titles won in nine countries.  Williams is in his second season as a PBA exempt player. His highest finish is sixth in the 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship.
Others receiving votes were Bryon Smith, winner of the PBA Regional Players Invitational, Marcus Berndt, Wichita State University, men’s individual winner of the collegiate Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational, and Javier Diaz, Webber International University, men’s individual winner of the Las Vegas Collegiate Shootout.   For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com.,  Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011   Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.



MACPHERSON NAMED BWAA NOVEMBER BOWLER OF THE MONTH

 

Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nevada, has been named the November 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.  Macpherson defeated Mika Sato, Japan, 300-235, for the women’s title of the 34th ABS Japan Open, becoming the second woman to roll a televised perfect game in Japanese Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA) history. The effort earned her a 10,000,000 Yen (US$121,000) bonus and the 3,000,000 Yen (US$36,000) first place prize. The win is Macpherson’s third JPBA title this year and eighth overall.  The three-woman stepladder started with second seed Sato defeating third seed Himeji Urara, the 2009 JPBA Player of the Year, 224-212, to advance to the title match.

 Macpherson closely edged Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pennsylvania, the top seed for January’s PBA World Championship. Others receiving votes were Scott Norton, winner of the PBA Chameleon Championship and Eugene McCune, winner of the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship, and Osku Palermaa, winner of the PBA Geico Shark Championship.  For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com., Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011   Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.

                               


O’NEILL REALLY NABS ANOTHER BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH AWARD

 

Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pennsylvania, has been named the October 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

In the 60-game qualifier for the 2010 PBA World Championship, O’Neill averaged nearly 227 becoming the #1 seed for the television finals. He also qualified for match play in four of the five match play rounds in the PBA World Series, featuring 12 games on each of the PBA’s five animal patterns. In the process, O’Neill became the #3 seed for the Pepsi Viper Championship and #4 seed in the Scorpion Championship for their respective television finals.

This marks O’Neill’s fourth Kegel BWAA Bowler of the Month honor in the last 13 months.

Nicknamed “The Real Deal,” O’Neill is coming off his breakthrough season, winning his first PBA title, the Chameleon Championship at the inaugural PBA World Series and his first major title, the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open.

Others receiving votes were Chris Barnes, winner of the 8th Columbia 300 Vienna Open and #4 seed in the PBA World Championship TV finals, Sean Rash, #2 seed in the PBA World Championship TV finals, Michael Fagan, winner of the Ebonite Lahti Open, and Lynda Barnes, winner of the AMF Australian Masters

For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com.,
Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011
Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.




JOHNSON CLAIMS SEPTEMBER BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH


Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, has been unanimously named the September 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.  Her victories in the month were threefold. First, Johnson became the first woman to win the century-old AMF Petersen Classic with a 1651 eight-game score. The other wins were the team and all-events gold medals at the Pan American Confederation (PABCON) Women’s Championships in Las Vegas. Her 1,261 six-game total helped pace Team USA to its 13th team gold medal in 15 championships. Johnson added 1344 in singles, 1334 in doubles, and 1302 in trios for a 5241 all-events total, averaging 218.38 for the tournament.  Johnson was a medalist for the third straight year in the PABCON Women’s Championships. She claimed team and trios silver medals in 2009 in addition to gold medals in team and singles gold medals, doubles, trios, and Masters silver medals, and the all-events bronze medal in 2008.

Others capturing votes were Kelly Kulick, doubles and team gold medalist, all-events silver, trios bronze, Shannon Pluhowsky, doubles and team gold medalist, and Stefanie Nation, singles and team gold medalist all the PABCON Women’s Championships.  

For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com.,  Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011
Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.

                               

 



REAL DEAL IS REALLY THE AUGUST BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

 

Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pennsylvania, has been named the August 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

Nicknamed “The Real Deal,” the 28-year-old O’Neill captured singles and all-events crowns at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association’s Men’s World Championships in Munich/Unterföhring, Germany.  After qualifying fourth in the singles competition, O’Neill defeated top-seeded Dominic Barrett, England, 187-170 before downing Bok-Eum Choi, Korea, 244-202, for the singles gold medal. O’Neill averaged 222 over 24 games in winning the all-events gold medal.

This marks the third Kegel Bowler of the Month award O’Neill has won the in the last 12 months, adding to his September 2009 and February 2010 awards.  Others capturing votes were Chris Barnes, winner of the Masters gold medal at the WTBA Men’s World Championships, Wayne Webb, winner of the PBA Senior Jackson Open and 2010 PBA Senior Player of the Year, and Tom Baker, winner of the PBA Senior Pepsi Open.

For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com., Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011  Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.

                               



 

MARSHALL KENT NAMED BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

 

Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, has been named the July 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.
  
In a span of two weeks, Kent won the prestigious USBC Junior Gold Boys Division Championship presented by Brunswick as well as the Boys Division of the fifth annual North Pointe Insurance High School Open Singles Classic.  An upcoming senior this fall at West Valley High School this fall, Kent earned an impressive $25,000 in scholarship winning from the two tournaments, $10,000 from the Junior Gold win and $15,000 from the North Pointe Insurance victory.   The more dramatic of the two wins was in the USBC Junior Gold as the 17-year-old Kent struck out in the tenth frame of the tournament’s final game, shutting out Matthew Gasn, Laurel, Maryland, 269-265.  

Others capturing votes were Brittni Hamilton, the USBC Junior Gold Girls Division Championship winner, Czech Open winner Brian Voss, and  Chris Loschetter, winner of the European Bowling Tour 6th Storm San Marino Open.   For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com., Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011     Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.




MARK WILLIAMS NAMED JUNE 2010 BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH
 

ARLINGTON, TX - Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, has been named the June 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.  

Williams, a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer (1999, Performance), won his first major PBA Senior title, the 2010 PBA Senior U.S. Open. Starting the stepladder final as the second seed, he downed fellow PBA Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro, Kingston, New York in the semifinal, 221-188, before defeating Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 198-181 in the title match.  This marks the third career major title for Williams. He also captured the 1985 and 1988 PBA Tournament of Champions crowns.

Others capturing votes were Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, winner of the USBC Senior Masters, and Don Sylvia, winner, PBA Senior Northern California Classic.  For additional information, contact BWAA@bowlingwriters.com., Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011 Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.



KULICK THREEPEATS AS BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

ARLINGTON, TX - Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, has been unanimously named the May 2010 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America. 

Her 2010 U.S. Women's Open victory was Kulick's fourth major title in the last nine months and the second in a fifteen day span.  She added the Open title to the USBC Queens, PBA Women's World Championship, and her historic PBA Tournament of Champions victory.   Kulick began the stepladder finals as the number two seed, defeating USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, TX, 201-176 in the semifinal match.  She then downed Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY, 233-203 in the finale.  Kulick becomes the first bowler to win the BWAA Bowler of the Month award three times in a single calendar year since Tommy Jones in 2005.

Others capturing votes were Riga Kalfas, winner of the PBA Regional Players Championship, Walter Ray Williams, Jr.,  winner of the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic, and Brenda Edwards and John Janawicz, winners of the PABCON Championship of the Champions Team Masters division.  For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com.  Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX  76011.  Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.



KULICK REPEATS AS BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

 

Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey, has been named the Kegel Bowler of the Month for April 2010 by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

Kulick won the 2010 USBC Queens, her third major title in the last eight months. The first was the PBA Women’s World Championship, followed by her historic PBA Tournament of Champions win in January. The latter netted her the January BWAA Kegel Bowler of the Month honor.  The five-player stepladder finals started featured wins over Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 186-170, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Cal., 220-212, USBC Hall of Famer Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 226-176, and Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Tex., 232-188 in the title match.

Others capturing votes in very close voting were Pete Weber, winner of the PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open, Tommy Jones, winner of his third DyDo Japan Cup, Jodi Woessner, all time record all-events score in the USBC Women’s Championships, and Matt McNiel, all time record all-events score in the USBC Open Championships.  For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com., Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011
Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.



KRETZER GRABS BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH HONORS IN MARCH

 

ARLINGTON, Texas - Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, has been named the Kegel Bowler of the Month for March 2010 by the Bowling Writers Association of America.  Kretzer bowled in the title match in back-to-back Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, defeated Kretzer in the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator, 206-195. Kretzer then captured his first title, the Go RVing Match Play Championship defeating Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 629-566.  A long time amateur action player early in his career, Kretzer ended a streak of 167 tour events without a win. He became the sixth player this season to win his first PBA singles title. 

Others capturing votes in March were the seventh first time winner on the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., winner of the Geico Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship and Mike Scroggins.

For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com., Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX76011 Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.





O’NEILL DOUBLES UP AS BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Right-Hander Grabs Honor Second Time In Five Months

ARLINGTON, Texas - Bill O‘Neill of Southampton, PA, has been named the Kegel Bowler of the Month for February 2010 by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

 O’Neill backed up his September 2009 BWAA Kegel Bowler of the Month award winning his second PBA title in five months, the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S Open, downing top-seed and defending champion Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 269-207. The closing ten-bagger locked up the $60,000 first place check and a three-year exemption on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The win also moves O’Neill into the lead in PBA Player of the Year points with four standard events remaining.

Finishing a very close second in voting was Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Ocala, Florida, winner of the USBC Masters. Others capturing votes were Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Georgia, and Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, winners of the PBA Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles.  For additional information, contact Ron DeRoxtra, bwaa@bowlingwriters.com.,
Bowling Writers Association of America, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011
Telephone: 1-800-343-1329.





KULICK UNANIMOUS CHOICE FOR JANUARY 2010 BWAA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

ARLINGTON, Texas - Kelly Kulick of Union, NJ, has been unanimously named the January 2010 BWAA Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

Kulick became the first woman to capture a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, the PBA Tournament of Champions, by defeating top-seeded Chris Barnes, 265-195.  The second-seeded Kulick finished with four strikes to oust Mika Koivuniemi in the semifinal, 227-223.  The win also earns Kulick a two-year PBA Tour exemption beginning in the 2010-11 season.  This is Kulick's third BWAA Kegel Bowler of the Month award, also claiming honors in May 2007 and June 2006.

The unprecedented victory has attracted attention of local, national, and online media outlets worldwide.  Kulick personally appeared on ESPN, CBS-TV, ABC-TV, Fox Business as well as major media market outlets in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  Offering congratulations was Women's Sports Foundation founder and women's professional sports pioneer Billie Jean King.  "Kelly Kulick's win at the PBA Tour's Tournament of Champions is not only historic, it serves as a motivational and imspirational event for girls and women competing at all levels all around the world," said King.

Kulick's exposure on a national stage began over a decade ago helping Morehead State University to the women's national championship in the 1998-99 season.  That was followed by being named 2001 PWBA Rookie of the Year, the 2003 Women's U.S. Open title, and the 2007 USBC Queens titles.  She is also currently a member of Women's Team USA and was also a member in 1998-2001, 2006, and 2008.  Kulick was also the first woman to qualify for the all-exempt PBA Tour with a sixth place finish in the 2006-07 PBA Tour Trials.  Two victories highlight her PBA Women's Series play this season, the Women's Shark Championship and the Women's World Championship, the latter qualifying Kulick for the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Other nominees capturing votes were Anthony LaCaze, winner of the PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Classic, Michael Fagan, winner of the PBA One-A-Day Dick Weber Open, Mika Koivuniemi, winner of the Burnswick Ballmaster Open, and Stefanie Nation, winner of the PBA Women's Series Earl Anthony Memorial Classic.



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