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2012 IBMA Bowlers of the Month


ARLINGTON, Texas - Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, has been named December 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.  Koivuniemi captured two international tournaments in the month. The first win was the Round 1 Japan Cup, a 268-164 decision over Yoshihiro Kaji, Japan. His trip to the title began with a defeat of Yoshihiro Sakuraba, Japan, 228-171 and a close semifinal win over Sean Rash in a roll off, 39-38, after 223-223 tie.  The 12th World Bowling Tour Qatar Bowling Open was the second title of December; 544-471 two-game total pins win over Finnish countryman Tony Ranta.  Top-seeded Koivuniemi downed Martin Larsen,Sweden, in the semifinals 442-385 to set up the title match against Ranta.  The Japan Cup win is his second victory in the event, the first coming in 2007. The two international victories are the 10thand 11th titles of his PBA career.  

Others receiving votes were Martin Larsen,winner of the 6th International Kingdom Open; ShaynaNg, Singapore, winner,women's division, 48th QubicaAMF World Cup; and Syafiq Ridhwan,Malaysia, winner, men's division, 48th QubicaAMF World Cup. 


Parker Bohn, Jackson, New Jersey, has been named November 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.  Bohn captured the PBA World Championship by defeating Jason Belmonte, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, in the title match, 254-227. It is his 33rd career PBA title and second major title, following the 2001 USBC Masters.

The opening match was a 226-218 win over Dan MacLelland,Canada. Next was a 200-170 defeat of Rhino Page, Dade City, Florida.  Bohn then bested Sean Rash, Montgomery,Illinois, 278-231, setting up the title match with Belmonte.  Qualifying by only four pins, the 2000 PBA and 2008 USBC Hall of Famer became the first bowler since 1995 to start in the twenty-fourth position for round-robin match play and win the championship. His 15-8-1 record after 56 games qualified fifth for the five-man stepladder finals. The 32-game qualifier featured 8 games each on the PBA animal patterns Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, and Scorpion. 

Others receiving votes were Scott Norton, winner of the PBA WSOB Chameleon Championship, Brad Angelo, winner of the PBA WSOB Viper Championship, Bill O'Neill, winner of the PBA WSOB Alka Seltzer Cold Plus Cheetah Championship, and Chris Barnes and Missy Parkin, winners of the Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour men's and women's finals, presented by the PBA. 


ARLINGTON, Texas, November 5, 2012 - Jason Belmonte, of Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been named the October 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.  Belmonte claimed the 50th AMF Australian Masters title and his fifth PBA crown defeating Sean Rash, Montgomery,Illinois, two games to one in the best-of-three finals. Belmonte took the first game, 174-172. In the second match, Rash picked up the scoring pace with a 255-233 win.  In a tight title game, the 2009 PBA Harry Golden Rookie of the Year award winner threw a clutch double in the tenth frame to seal a 256-243 win. After qualifying in third place, Belmonte downed fellow Australians, the sixth-seeded and 2002 champion, Michael Little, in the quarterfinals and number two seed, Chris Purdue, in the semifinals, both 2-0 in the best-of-three matches. Rash qualified as the top-seeded player and ousted eighth-seeded Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, 2-0 in the quarterfinals. The number four seed, Chris Castle, Australia, fell 2-0 in semifinal action.

Others receiving votes were Chris Barnes, winner of the 10th World Bowing Tour (WBT) Columbia 300 Vienna Open; Diandra Asbaty, women's winner of the 50th Australian Masters; Anne Marie Duggan, winner of the USBC Senior Queens; Peter Hellstrom, winner of the EBT Norwegian Open presented by Brunswick; Clara Guerrero, winner of the PBA Southwest Region Young and Pratt Austin Open; and Cho Young-Seon, winner of World Bowling Tour Thailand. 




ARLINGTON, Texas - Marshall Kent, of Yakima, Washington, has been named the September 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

The 19-year-old Team USA member defeated the #10 seed Oleksandr Kalika, Ukraine, in a two-game total pins match, 419-323, to win his first European Bowling Tour title, the EBT Russian Open at Cosmik Belay Dacha in Moscow. Kent lead the six-game qualifier by 61 pins, then won three two-game total pins matches to advance to the title against Kalika.  In the Round of 16, Kent ousted #16 seed Alexey Parshukov, Russia, 530-439. Kent then bested the #13 seed Evgeny Karmazin, Ukraine, 451-406, in the Round of 8 to meet the defending champion and 10th seed Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, Oleksandr's brother, in the semifinals. Kalika fell to Kent, 507-400.  This is Kent's third IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month award, becoming the first USBC youth bowler to claim honors. He first won the award in July 2010 based on wins in two prestigious youth scholarship tournaments, the 2010 USBC Junior Gold Boys' Division and the 2010 North Pointe Insurance High School Open Singles Classic. Kent then won July 2012 honors based on his five-medal performance at the 12th World Youth Bowling Championships.

Others receiving votes were Chris Barnes, men's gold medalist, and Kelly Kulick, women's gold medalist at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships.



 ARLINGTON,Texas - Greg Young, of Viera, Florida, has been named the August 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Young,16, defeated Ashley Dunn, 15, Palmdale, Florida, 2-0, in a best-of-three match (216-155, 214-158) to win the Teen Masters Grand Championship and a $64,000 college scholarship package. Dunn received $8,000 in scholarship money as overall runner-up. Young defeated Aaron Yuratovich, 16, of Olathe, Kansas, for the boys division crown while Dunn ousted Haley Rubin, 18, of Brandon, South Dakota, for the girls championship.

Four girls and four boys advanced to the Grand Championship after an 18-game qualifier and a 16-game round robin match play round in Cleveland in July on two different lane conditioning patterns. Shot making is also emphasized as the starting field of 170 players were limited to only two bowling balls each.

The junior at Viera High School qualified third in the boys division and Dunn lead qualifying in the girls division into the Grand Championship, held for the second straight year in Vanderbilt Hall inside New York City's Grand Central Station.

The second-place finishers in both girls and boys division were awarded $4,000 scholarships. The third-place finishers, Kamron Doyle, 14, of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Jessica Davies, 17, of Cape Coral, Florida, won $2,000 scholarships, and fourth-place finishers, Jacob Ettinger,18, of Lafayette, Colorado, and Melanie Hannon, 16, of Cheektowaga, New York were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Others receiving votes were Bill O'Neill, Team USA, and Shannon Pluhowsky, Team USA, winners of three gold medals each at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Championships; Hugh Miller, winner of the PBA50 South Shore Open, presented by DV8; and Kamron Doyle, winner, Junior Boys 12-15 division, 50th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas and third place, boys division, Teen Masters Grand Championships.



ARLINGTON, Texas - Marshall Kent, of Yakima, Washington, has been namedthe July 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association ofAmerica.  Kent won medals at the 12th World Youth Bowling Championships inThailand. His two gold medals came in Boy's Team (with Team USA teammates Andrew Koff, Zack Hattori, and Chris Via), Boy's Singles, two silver medals inBoy's Doubles (with Team USA teammate Andrew Koff) and Boy's All-Events, and abronze medal in the Boy's Masters divisions.  Team USA defeated Team Singapore for the gold medal 889-807. Kent then downed Team Japan's Shusaku Asato for the Boy's Singles gold, 226-197. Thesilver medals came in a 480-402 loss to Team South Korea's Kim Yeon-Sang andHwang Dong-Jun and placing only 9 pins behind gold medalist Sam Cooley of Team Australia in Boy's All-Events. His bronze medal came in a Boy's Masters 242-202semifinal loss to the eventual gold medalist Daniel Fransson of Team Sweden.  Kent, a junior at Robert Morris-Illinois, first won Bowler of the Month honors in July 2010 after winning two premier youth scholarship events in the United States, the USBC Junior Gold Championships and the North PointeInsurance High School Open Championships.  

Others receiving votes were Robyn Renslow, the U20 Girls gold medalistand AJ Johnson, the U20 Boys gold medalist at the North Pointe Junior GoldChampionships presented by Brunswick; and Osku Palermaa, winner of the 34thEuropean Bowling Tour (EBT) Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona. 


ARLINGTON, Texas - Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, has been named the June 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA). Kulick won her third U.S. Women's Open crown defeating Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, California, 170-160 in the title match. The stepladder finals began with #4 seed Stephanie Nation, Grand Prairie Texas, prevailing over #5 seed Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 166-158. Number three seed Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, bested Nation, 182-158 in the second match, then O'Keefe fell to #2 seed Parkin in the semifinal, 150-148.  Kulick became the first woman in 60 years to win U.S. Women's Open three times since USBC Hall of Famer Marion Ladewig won the third of her record eight U.S. Open crowns in 1952. 
The outdoor setting was a first for women's professional bowling. Players battled never-before seen conditions with wind carrying dust onto the lanes built outdoors underneath the famed Reno Arch on Virginia Street. This is Kulick's first BWAA Bowler of the Month honor when she won the award a record three times in 2010. That year, she became the only bowler in history to hold the following three major titles simultaneously; Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, USBC Queens, and the PBA Tournament of Champions.  Others receiving votes were Mike Edwards, winner of the USBC Senior Masters; Amleto Monacelli, winner of the Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open; and Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Northern Classic, presented by Track; and Robin Romeo, winner of Bowling's Senior U.S. Women's Open.  


 ARLINGTON, Texas - John Petraglia, Jackson, New Jersey, has been named the May 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America. Petraglia became the first bowler to win a PBA National Tour or Senior Tour title in six different decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic. He defeated the reigning PBA Senior Tour Player of the Year, Ron Mohr, Eagle River Alaska, 220-204 in the title match.  The four-man stepladder finals began with Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio prevailing over PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year candidate Bob Learn, Jr., Macomb, Michigan, 243-217. Mohr then defeated Profitt in a close semifinal, 238-222, setting up the fateful final match.  The 65-year-old PBA and USBC Hall of Famer first won as a 19-year-old in the 1966 PBA Fort Smith Open. Petraglia's eighth career PBA Senior Tour win ended a three-year winless streak.  Bowling icon Dick Weber was the first to win PBA titles in six different decades. His final title was a 2002 PBA Senior Midwest Regional crown. In close voting this month, others receiving votes were Liz Johnson, winner of three gold medals at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation(PABCON) Champion of Champions tournament, Bob Learn, Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Mooresville Classic, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Don Carter Open, presented by Ebonite.    


Near Unanimous Selection After Tournament of Champions Win ARLINGTON, Texas - Sean Rash of Montogomery, Illinois has been named the April 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.Rash won the PBA Tournament of Champions defeating Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, New, York, 239-205 for his fifth career PBA title. It is also his second career major win and his first win since the 2007 USBC Masters, ending a five-year wait. The four-man stepladder finals featured the #4 seed Ciminelli downing a pair of PBA Chris Schenkel Player of the Year candidates. The first defeat was handed to #3 seed Mike Fagan, Dallas, 190-182. Ciminelli then pulled away from #2 seed Jason Belmonte, West Orange, NSW, Australia, 257-223, setting up the title match with the top-seeded Rash. With the win, Rash becomes another strong candidate for the PBA Player of the Year race. Although this was his lone win on the 2011-12 PBA Tour, Rash was either first or second in earnings, average, match play appearances, and tournament points.  Others receiving votes were Diandra Asbaty, winner of the USBC Queens; Lennie Boresch, Jr., winning his first PBA Senior Tour stop five days after becoming eligible, the PBA Senior Sun Bowl in the Villages; and Norm Duke, winner of the PBA Dick Weber playoffs, presented by Hammer.


 ARLINGTON, Texas - Osku Palermaa, Finland, has been named the March 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.Palermaa won the first PBA international title, the 9th Kuwait International Open defeating top-seeded Tom Smallwood, of Saginaw, Michigan, in a two game match, 276-232 and 268-226. This is his second win this season and third career PBA title.The 5-man stepladder finals opened with #5 seed Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, Indiana, downing #4 seed Martin Larsen, Sweden, 250-226.  Number 3 seed Palermaa beat Russell, 234-230. Palermaa defeated #3 seed Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 278-237.  Palermaa then needed to win two games against the top-seed Smallwood for the title. Palermaa, the Finnish 2008 and 2009 Bowler of the Year, was coming off a win over fellow countryman Perttu Jussila, 289-255, in the Kingdom of Bahrain Open just 10 days earlier.  This was the first tournament under the new alliance between the PBA Tour and the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA). PBA tour players can now earn PBA titles by bowling in WTBA World Bowling Tour events.Others receiving votes were Mike Fagan, winner of the Brunswick Euro Challenge; Chris Barnes, winner of the WTBA International Open, and Norm Duke, winner of the PBA Detroit open presented by Track.  




ARLINGTON, Texas - Pete Weber, of St. Ann, Missouri, has been unanimously named the February 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.In what he later stated was the biggest win of his career, Weber defeated Mike Fagan, Dallas, Texas, 215-214, to win the 69th U.S. Open. His record fifth win surpassed the four wins by both his dad, the late Dick Weber and also the late Don Carter. Those wins were in the predecessor to the U.S. Open, the BPAA All Star. The #4 seed Weber started the television stepladder finals with a 223-191 win over Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, New York. A semifinal win followed over Jason Belmonte, Orange, NSW, Australia, 225-213, setting up the title match with the top-seed Fagan.Needing to fill 20 pins in the tenth frame for the win, Weber converted the 10-pin and then struck on the fill ball for the single-pin victory, causing Weber to exclaim, “Who do you think you are? I am!” The shot of that strike has been replayed on numerous electronic and online media outlets, including 500,000 hits on YouTube in the first 72 hours after that shot was thrown. Others receiving votes were Cherie Tan and Tommy Jones, women’s and men’s winners of the DHC International Bowling Championships, Dan MacLelland, winner of the International Mini-Eliminator, and Scott Newell, winner of the PBA Richard Ford Open presented by Columbia 300.   . 


ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Fagan, Dallas, Texas, has been unanimously named the January 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.Fagan won the Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters defeating top-seeded Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 246-213. After no strikes and a 30-pin deficit in the first four frames, Fagan threw seven straight strikes to wrap up his third career and first major PBA title.In the double-elimination match-play winner’s bracket, Fagan suffered only one loss. An 806-743 setback to Barnes determined the number one and two seeds for the four-man stepladder television finals. The 2003 USBC Masters champion, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Oregon defeated Dan MacLelland, Canada, 251-212 in the first match. Fagan then defeated Smith, 228-190 to face Barnes for the title. The loss was bitter for Barnes, who was looking to be the third bowler to claim the career Grand Slam with wins in each of the four majors (PBA World/National Championship, USBC Masters, U.S. Open, PBA Tournament of Champions) behind Mike Aulby and Norm Duke.
Also capturing votes this month were Barnes, Masters runner-up and winner of the 32nd AIK Tournament; Bill ONeill, winner of the 42nd Brunswick Ballmaster Open; Eugene McCune, winner of the PBA Cheetah Open presented by Ebonite; Danielle McEwan, winner, Women's Team USA Trials; and Marshall Kent, winner, Men's Team USA Trials.