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Awards

  • Luby Hall of Fame Award
  • Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award
  • Hennessy Award of Merit
  • Kegel Bowler of the Month
  • Bowler of the Year
  • Senior Bowler of the Year
  • Collegiate Bowler of the Year
  • Writing Competition
  • Historical Awards

Luby Hall of Fame Award

This award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. It is named after Dave, Mort Sr, and Mort Jr. Luby. Dave Luby founded Bowler's Journal in 1913 and passed it on to his son Mort Sr. in 1925. Following the death of Mort Sr. in 1957, his son Mort Jr. took over the reins until 1994 when the magazine was sold to several employees. The Bowlers Journal is the oldest sports magazine in the world.


2016 Luby Hall of Fame Award Winner

Jim Goodwin

Jim Goodwin, Rockwall, TX, will be the 2016 recipient of the IBMA's Luby Hall of Fame award, according to an announcement made by IBMA President Keith Hamilton.  Goodwin was elected by a vote of all members of the IBMA

Jim Goodwin was a member of the BWAA Board of Directors from 1995 to 2013, serving on many committees and as president of the organization in 2012-13.  BWAA (Bowling Writers of America) was the previous name of the International Bowling Media Association. 

Goodwin is a former proprietor who was instrumental in bringing the writers' organization to the International Bowling Campus.  He also chaired the Women's Pro Bowling Exhibit Committee for the International Bowling Museum/Hall of Fame and chairs the Coaches Hall of Fame Committee.

In 1991 Goodwin and his wife CJ founded Stars and Strikes, America's only nationally distributed bowling newspaper.  In 2008 he founded the Bowling News Network and currently serves as its president.  As a writer his articles have been published in most industry news outlets.  He has also served as publicity and media director for several national bowling events.

When informed of his election Goodwin said, “What a surprise!  I never thought I'd be in a Hall of Fame.  I am grateful and proud to be included in a group that includes great people like Chuck Pezzano, Jim Dressel, Pearl Keller, and Mort Luby.  I hope the next generation can have some of the joy that we experienced.”


IBMA Luby Hall of Fame recipients


2016 - Jim Goodwin, Rockwall, Tx
2015 - Herbert Bickel, Germany
2014 - Hero Noda, Ibaraki, Japan
2013 - Dave Luby, Chicago, IL
2012 - R. F Corderman, Bedford, IA
2011 - Joan Taylor, East Stroudburg, PA
2010 - Lydia Rypcinski, Chicago, IL
2009 - Bob Johnson, Chicago, IL
2008 - Lyle Zikes, Palatine, IL


BWAA Mort Luby Sr. Distinguished Service Award winners


2007 - Hazel McLeary, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2006 - Joe Gennaro, Dallas, TX
2005 - Frank Kietz, Lake Forest, CA
2004 - Matt Fiorito, Detroit, MI
2003 - Jim Wyckoff, Little Rock, AR
2002 - Dan Glus, Pittsburgh, PA
2001 - Bill Vint, East Troy, WI
2000 - Jack Graziano, New York, NY
1999 - Don Gates, Syracuse, NY
1998 - Bob Schabert, St. Paul, MN
1997 - Jim Dressel, Palatine, IL
1996 - Joe Lyou, Gardena, CA
1995 - Joe Antczak, Grand Rapids, MI
1994 - Mike Hennessy, Dayton, OH
1993 - Wayne Todd, Aurora, CO
1992 - Bob Zellner, Uniondale, NY
1991 - John Jowdy, El Cajon, CA
1990 - Pearl Keller, Chappaqua, NY
1989 - Jerry Levine, Hackensack, NJ
1988 - Don Snyder, Los Angeles, CA
1987 - Steve James, Milwaukee, WI
1986 - Augie Karcher, Winona, MN
1985 - Jim Fitzgerald, Chicago, IL
1984 - Mort Luby Jr., Chicago, IL
1983 - John Archibald, St. Louis, MO
1982 - Dick Evans, Miami, FL
1981 - Bud Fisher, Akron, OH
1980 - Ray Nelson, Milwaukee, WI
1979 - Pat McDonough, Union City, NJ
1978 - Joe Kissel, Chicago, IL
1977 - Seymour Shub, Chicago, IL
1976 - Dave DeLorenzo, River Falls, WI
1975 - Bill McDonald, New York, NY
1974 - Chuck Pezzano, Clifton, NJ
1973 - George Bell, York, PA
1972 - Charlie Smith, Clearwater, FL
1971 - Ed Reddy, Syracuse, NY

1970 - Frank Sczepanski, Flint, MI
1969 - Bruce Pluckhahn, Milwaukee, WI
1968 - Angelo Biondo, Chicago, IL
1967 - Hank Sayrs, Milwaukee, WI
1966 - Sam Levine, Cleveland, OH
1965 - Fred Wolf, Detroit, MI
1964 - Sam Weinstein, Chicago, IL
1963 - Elmer Fischer, Springfield, IL
1962 - Jerry Hagan, Kalamazoo, MI
1961 - Steve Cruchon, Detroit, MI
1960 - Fritz Howell, Columbus, OH
1959 - Bill Hengen, Minneapolis, MN
1958 - John Martino, Syracuse, NY
1957 - Tom Bolger, Toledo, OH
1956 - LeRoy Chase, Peoria, IL
1955 - Billy Sixty, Milwaukee, WI
1953 - Mort Luby Sr., Chicago, IL
1952 - Eli Whitney, Milwaukee, WI


NWBW Alberta E. Crowe


2006 - Bill Vint, East Troy, WI
2005 - Carol Mancini, Downey, CA
2004 - Linda Nelson, St. Charles, MO
2003 - Henry Fankhauser, Silver Springs, MD
2002 - Sue McCormick, Oscoda, MI
2001 - Elsie DeJonghe, Westerville, OH
2000 - Virg VanDierendonck, DeWitt, IA
1999 - Diane Squires, Battle Creek, MI
1998 - Mary Lynly, Roseville, CA
1997 - (None Given)
1996 - Marie Hisel, Arnold, MO
1995 - Wayne Todd, Denver, CO
1994 - Shirlee Kutzner, Nutley, NJ
1993 - Billy Hughes, Springfield, MO
1992 - Alice Meglemre, Long Beach, CA
1991 - Freda Botkin, Tucson, AZ
1990 - Mary Jane Sporar, Joliet, IL
1989 - Pearl Keller, Chappaqua, NY
1988 - Sam Weinstein, Chicago, IL
1987 - Kathryn Hotzel, Chesterfield, IN
1986 - Dick Evans, Miami, FL
1985 - Steve Cruchon, Harper Woods, MI
1984 - Chuck Pezzano, Clifton, NJ
1983 - Mary Jannetto, Parma Heights, OH

Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award

This award is presented to an individual or organization that has achieved outstanding long-term accomplishments in service to the sport of bowling. It is named after the longest serving president of the WIBC, Alberta E. Crowe. The award encompasses past winners of the now defunct BWAA's John O. Martino Award and the now defunct NWBW's Jo Ettien Lieber Award. Martin was the first BWAA president in 1934 and Jo Ettien Lieber was a founding member of NWBW in 1948.


2016 Crowe Meritorious Service Award Winner

Bill & Barbara Chrisman, Storm Bowling INC

A couple and the company they created that today is known and respected throughout the bowling universe are the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award.In the sport of bowling, it’s all about performance. So, when Bill Chrisman, a competitive bowler with a chemistry background, began to notice how difficult it was to clean his urethane bowling balls during tournaments, it led him to an epiphany: What if I could find a way to clean my bowling balls without lugging them to a nearby sink?

In 1985, Chrisman founded High Score Products (HSP), developing the revolutionary cleaner U Clean / U Score Urethane Bowling Ball Cleaner. The product allowed bowlers to clean their bowling balls anytime, anywhere. A few years later, Chrisman scored an opportunity to manufacture bowling balls. With the loving support of his wife, Barb, the duo expanded their operations to become a full-service bowling company. In 1991, HSP was rebranded and the name "Storm" was born.

Since that time the Storm name has become synonymous with bowling, gaining recognition not only for its quality line of bowling balls, but also bags, apparel, maintenance, gear, and accessories. Storm also sponsors many prominent professional and amateur bowlers, and it has full-time representation on the Professional Bowlers Tour and Women’s Professional Bowlers Tour.

The company continues to be an industry innovator. It is credited with creating the first dual-color logo and introducing the first three-color, high-performance ball. Storm secured a patent for putting fragrances in bowling balls, a feat that not only caught the attention of Jay Leno but landed Storm on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Storm Products Inc., celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. Bill & Barbara Chrisman believe their success in the industry has provided an avenue to pursue their passion in bowling -– a passion that shows through in their vision and their products. They will continue to pass on that passion to bowlers around the world. Storm Bowling is “The Bowlers Company”.


IBMA Alberta Crowe Meritorious Service


2016 - Bill & Barbara Chrisman, Storm Bowling INC
2015 - Gordon Vadakin, Wichita, KS
2014 - Lee Evans, Miami, FL
2013 - John Davis, Lake Wales, FL
2012 - Mort Luby, Jr., Carpentersville, IL
2011 - Bill Bunetta, Fresno, CA
2010 - John Berglund, St. Martin, French West Indies
2009 - Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, NJ
2008 - Joan Romeo, Van Nuys, CA


BWAA John O. Martino Award


2007 - Bowlers to Veterans Link
2006 - Carmen Salvino, Chicago, IL
2005 - R.R. (Woody) Woodruff, Glen Rock, NJ
2004 - ABC-TV & ESPN
2003 - Brunswick Corporation
2002 - Joyce Deitch, Las Vegas, NV
2001 - John Sommer, Rockford, IL
2000 - James Bennett Jr., Northbrook, IL
1999 - Roger Tessman, Homosassa, FL
1998 - Dick Ritger, River Falls, WI
1997 - Fred Borden, Akron, OH
1996 - Helen Duval, Berkeley, CA
1995 - Jack Reichert, Chicago, IL
1994 - Joe Antenora, Akron, OH
1993 - Earl Anthony, Cornelius, OR
1992 - Chuck Pezzano, Clifton, NJ
1991 - Sam Weinstein, Chicago, IL
1990 - Chris Schenkel, Leesburg, IN
1989 - Harry Golden, Las Vegas, NV
1988 - Bowlers Journal
1987 - Anheuser-Busch
1986 - Bruce Pluckhahn, St. Louis, MO
1985 - Dick Weber, St. Louis, MO
1984 - Albert Matzelle, St. Louis, MO
1984 - Frank Esposito, Paramus, NJ
1983- Joe Norris, San Diego, CA
1982 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1981 - Alberta Crowe, Syracuse, NY
1980 - Bill Doehrman, Fort Wayne, IN
1979 - Don Carter, Miami, FL
1978 - Frank Baker, Milwaukee, WI
1977 - Andy Varipapa, W. Hempstead, NY
1976 - Eddie Elias, Akron, OH

NWBW Jo Ettien Lieber Award 


2006 - Hazel McLeary, Victoria British Columbia
2005 - Helen Lesh, Roseburg. OR
2004 - Gerry Perry, Henderson, NV
2003 - Ruth Heath-Trott, Montpelier, OH
2002 - Margie Bishop, St. Louis MO
2001 - Ann Adams, Las Vegas, NV
2000 - Elaine Mulroney, Seattle, WA
1999 - Marilyn Hensley, Tucson, AZ
1998 - Sylvia Broyles, Spring Branch, TX
1997 - Trudy Todd, Aurora, CO
1996 - Nancy Chapman, Green Bay, WI
1995 - Joyce Deitch, Las Vegas, NV
1994 - Alice Meglemre, Long Beach, CA
1993 - Annis Niemier, South Bend, IN
1992 - Alpharetta Callaway, Pittsburgh, PA
1991 - Mary Lynly, Roseville, CA
1990 - Shirlee Kutzner, Nutley, NJ
1989 - Billy Hughes, Springfield, MO
1988 - Elaine Hagin, Castro Valley, CA
1987 - Lo Borschuk, Sioux City, IA
1986 - Dorothy Mauldin, Marietta, GA
1985 - Dorothy Johnson, Lebanon, MO
1984 - Pearl Keller, Chappaqua, NY
1983 - (None Given)
1982 - Kathryn Hotzel, Chesterfield, IN
1981 - Gladys Banker, Charles Town, WV
1980 - Mary Jane Sporar, Joliet, IL
1979 - Pearl Switzer, South Bend, IN
1978 - Mabel Marrs, Vancouver, WA
1977 - Freda Botkin, Tucson, AZ
1976 - Myrtle Schulte, Jennings, MO
1975 - Helen Baker, S. Miami, FL
1974 - Billy (Violet) Simon, San Antonio, TX
1973 - Winifred Berger, Sonoma, CA
1972 - Frank Baker, Milwaukee, WI
1971 - Arville L. Ebersole, Washington, DC
1970 - Clover Bayley, Watertown, NY
1969 - Lola Yoakem, Camarillo, CA
1968 - Mildred White, Rockford, IL
1967 - Helen Baetz, San Antonio, TX
1966 - Theresa Kelone, Little Rock, AR
1965 - Mary Jannetto, Parmer Heights, OH
1964 - Madelene Hochstadler, Chicago, IL
1963 - Martha Werner, Toledo, OH
1962 - Bertha McBride, St. Paul, MN
1961 - Ann Wood, Cincinnati, OH
1960 - Marian Brister, Kenosha, WI
1959 - Leone Cohen, Toledo, OH
1958 - Margaret Higley, San Jose, CA
1957 - Jo Marz, Cleveland, OH
1956 - Sylvia Wene Martin, Philadelphia, PA
1955 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1954 - Berdie Speck, St. Louis, MO
1953 - Georgia E. Veatch, Chicago, IL
1952 - Georgia E. Veatch, Chicago, IL
1951 - Alberta Crowe, Liverpool, NY
1950 - Milton Raymer, Chicago, IL
1949 - Emma Phaler, Columbus, OH
1948 - Jeanette Knepprath, Milwaukee, WI

IBMA HENNESSY AWARD OF MERIT

This award is presented to an individual who is a member of the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) who has made a major contribution of service to the IBMA for a period of 10 or more years. The award is named after Mike Hennessy, who was an outstanding past BWAA President and superb BWAA Executive Director for many years. Hennessy served as Executive Director of the Ohio BPAA and worked for the PWBA. He also produced and directed a King of the Hill television program in Dayton, Ohio.


2016 Hennessy Award of Merit Winner

Fran Deken

As a past-president of the International Bowling Media Association, chairman at various times of least a half dozen committees, and a perpetual contributor to the organization in many other ways, Fran Deken has never been one to sit idly by. Now she has been further recognized for those efforts as the winner of the 2015 IBMA Mike Hennessey Award of Merit.

Deken of Coweta, Okla., was among the first women to join the media group when she was accepted into the Bowling Writers Association of America in 1975 while publishing a bowling newspaper in the Kansas City area and bowling part-time on the PWBA Tour. As her career unfolded she became the tournament director for the ladies tour but always maintained close ties to the media group, encouraged by, among others, Mike Hennessey.

“I worked with Mike Hennessey when he was with the PWBA and when he was BWAA Executive Director and he was amazing,” Deken said. “It’s a great honor to win an award with his name on it.”

During her term as BWAA president in 2001-02, Deken was named BWAA Senior Woman Bowler of the Year on the strength of her performance in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. She is a member of four local Halls of Fame (Kansas City, Southern Nevada, Tulsa and Oklahoma) for Superior Performance and was elected to USBC Hall and via the Meritorious Service category in 2006.


IBMA HENNESSY AWARD OF MERIT RECIPIENTS

2016 - Fran Deken, Coweta, OK
2015 - Chuck Pezzano, Clifton, NJ
2014 - Steve James, Fox Point, WI
2013 - Mark Gerberich, Akron, OH
2012 - John LaSpina, Brooklyn, NY
2011 - Jim Goodwin, Rockwall, TX

2014 MIKE HENNESSY AWARD OF MERIT NOMINATIONS

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals who are members of the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) who have made a major contribution of service to the IBMA for a period of 10 or more years.

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY - A nominee must have been a member of the IBMA/BWAA/NWBW/WBWfor a minimum of 10 years. No more than one candidate will be selected to receive the award each year.

CANDIDATE NOMINATION APPLICATIONS SHOULD:

  • Explain why the nominee should be considered for this award.
  • Include involvement in the IBMA as it relates to the purpose of this award.
  • Include number of years nominee has been involved in the IBMA and committee chaired or served on.
  • Include any other helpful supporting materials.
  • Include a general and brief biographical sketch of the nominee.

Please send your nominations to committee chair, Elaine Hagin at elaine.hagin@comcast.net NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014.

The committee will then review nominations of all candidates and develop an official national ballot that will be distributed to all IBMA members for a final vote in the month of January 2015.

Elaine Hagin, Chairman
Jeff Richgels
Rilla Yeater
Virginia Norton
Dorman Spencer
Ray Rosenbaum

KEGLER BOWLER OF THE MONTH

The purpose of this award is to honor a bowler for outstanding accomplishments during a calendar month.


Johnson Stellar

JOHNSON STELLAR IN SEPTEMBER AS IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, has been unanimously selected as the September 2015 Kegel Bowler of The Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Johnson won the 2015 Bowlmor AMF Women's Open defeating Shannon O'Keefe, O' Fallon, Illinois, 190-189, in the title match. The stepladder television finals began with the fourth seed Jazreel Tan, Singapore, ousted fifth seed Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey, 195-190. Tan downed third seed Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, New York, in the quarterfinal, 172-165. The third seed Johnson outlasted Tan, 199-177, setting up the title match with O'Keefe.

Johnson lead qualifying by seventy-one pins, then increased it to over 250 pins after each of the first two rounds of round robin match play, before settling into second place for the stepladder final. The following week, Johnson placed third in the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, the final event in the PWBA season. Based on season-long points and her USBC Queens triumph in May, the USBC Hall of Famer added to her stellar 2015 season by being named PWBA Player of the Year. Others obtaining votes this month were John Janawicz, Team USA, singles and trios gold medalist at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships, Danielle McEwan, winner, Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, promoted by gobowling.com, and Chris Barnes, winner, 17 th Samho Korea Cup International Bowling Tournament.


Monacelli

MONACELLI AS AUGUST BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, has been selected as the August 2015 Kegel Bowler of The Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Monacelli defeated Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, for the 2015 USBC Senior Masters, 192-190 and 254-243 in a double-elimination rolloff. Monacelli conquered the elimination bracket and needed to twice defeat Weber, winner of the winner's bracket.

The opening match of the five-man stepladder saw 1987 USBC Masters champ and fourth-seeded Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kansas, bested fifth-seeded Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Oxford, Florida, 217-186. Third-seeded Monacelli ground out a 179-173 win over Steelsmith, followed by a 238-204 win over second-seeded Brian Voss, Centennial, Colorado.

Monacelli finished fifteen-game qualifying round in second place averaging 228. Weber lead qualifying with a 233 average. After winning his first three matches, Monacelli suffered a 607-601 loss to new USBC Hall of Famer Sam Lantto. By winning his next two matches in the elimination bracket, then the four-man match for the last three spots in the stepladder final, Monacelli settled into the third seed.

Others obtaining votes this month were Ryan Shafer, winner of the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic hosted by Mid-County Lanes, Liz Kuhlkin, winner of the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Mike Scroggins, winner of the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite, and Liz Johnson, winner of the PWBA Detroit Open.


Osku Palermaa

OSKU PALERMAA AS JUNE BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Osku Palermaa, Finland, has been selected as the July 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Palermaa defeated Isao Yamamoto, Japan, 248-224 for the Bowling World Open men's division title. The second-seeded Palermaa started the bracketed semi finals with a win over third-seeded Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 266-255. Yamamoto down top-seeded Dom Barrett, England, 256-224, in the second semifinal, setting up the title match.

After qualifying in ninth place with a 225 average, Palermaa averaged 241 in the semifinals to claim the second seed for the arena television finals. The win moved the Finnish native from sixth to fourth on the World Bowling Tour Men's point ranking list. This is Palermaa's third IBMA Bowler of the Month award, his first since August 2014. Others obtaining votes this month were Dom Barrett, winner of the World Bowling Tour/European Bowling Tour 11 th Storm San Marino Open, Joey Yeo,n winner of the Bowling World Open women's division, Elysia Current, winner of the PWBA Sacramento Storm Open, and Stefanie Johnson, winner of the PWBA Wichita Open.


Pete Weber

PETE WEBER AS JUNE BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, has been selected as the June 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Weber threw a clutch tenth frame double to defeat Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nevada, 224-212, to win the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm. Starting as the fourth-seed in the four-man stepladder final, the PBA Hall of Famer downed Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Oregon, 224-202.

Weber then ousted defending Senior U.S. Open champion Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida, 247-190, setting up the final with Forkel. After averaging over 214 in qualifying, Weber maintained the pace in the 32-game match play portion, going 20-12, while not falling lower than sixth place. Weber now has four PBA50 Tour titles, including two majors. The 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year is the owner of 37 PBA Tour titles, including a record-tying ten majors.

With four remaining events on the PBA50 schedule, including the USBC Senior Masters, Weber is the leader on the competition points list for PBA50 Player of the Year. Others obtaining votes this month in very close were E. J. Tackett, winner of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm, Graham Fach, winner of The Proprietors Cup IV, Andres Gomez, winner of the PBA XtraFrame Pensacola South Open, Amleto Monacelli, winner of the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV.


O'NEILL REIGNS AS MAY IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the May 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill downed reigning PBA Player of the year, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 247-172 for the PBA Oklahoma Open crown. O'Neill then defeated Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina, 191-164, for the King of the Swing crown, featuring each of the four tournament winners and the top point getter of the PBA Summer Swing. O'Neill led both qualifying and match play and was top seed of the PBA Oklahoma Open. The first match of the stepladder saw Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, New York, oust Andres Gomez, Columbia, 211-200. Allen then downed the third-seed Jones, 225-215. The second-seeded Belmonte then ousted Allen, 237-203, setting up the title match with O'Neill.

In the King of the Swing television finals, top point getter Belmonte downed PBA Wolf Open winner and April IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month honoree Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, North Carolina, 201-182. Third-seed and PBA Badger Open winner Ronnie Russell, Marion, Indiana, ousted Belmonte, 233-211. Second-seed and PBA Bear Open champ Jones bested Russell, 208-178. setting up the title match with O'Neill. Others obtaining votes this month were Tommy Jones, winner of the PBA Bear Open, Liz Johnson, winner of the USBC Queens, Robin Romeo, winner of the USBC Senior Queens, and Kyle Troup, winner of the PBA Wolf Open.


Kyle Troup

TROUP TRIUMPHS AS APRIL BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, North Carolina, has been chosen as the April 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Troup defeated top seeded Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 210-182, in the finals of the Logo Infusion InsideBowling.com Open in St. Louis, Missouri. The stepladder finals began with fifth seeded Ronnie Russell, Marion, Indiana, ousting fourth seeded Kenny Ryan, Chicago, 230-213. Third seed Shawn Maldonaldo, Houston, Texas, downed Russell, 229-200, in the second match. Troup, the second seed, outlasted Maldonaldo, 202-182, setting up the championship match with O'Neill.

Troup, with numerous titles in the PBA South Region in his young career, has been a regular on the PBA Tour the past few years and is slated for action in the upcoming PBA Summer Swing in Oklahoma. Troup is the son of eight-time PBA titlist Guppy Troup. The Logo Infusion InsideBowling.com Open, held since 2012 and hosted by bowling promoter and InsideBowling.com CEO Mike Flanagan, features many touring pros and top amateurs from several different countries. It is contested on a demanding oil pattern, specifically designed for this tournament.

A total of 228 bowlers rolled twelve games for twelve match play positions, before cutting to the stepladder final. Others obtaining votes this month were Parker Bohn III, winner of the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, Jack Jurek, winner of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, and Mike Scroggins, winner of the PBA50 United Health Care Sun Bowl in the Villages presented by Radical.

Josh Blanchard


MARCH BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Arizona has been chosen as the March 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

A unanimous choice by committee members, Blanchard won his first two PBA titles in a nine-day span. His first title came in a 248-211 win over Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, for the World Bowling Tournament (WBT)/European Bowling Tour (EBT) 12 th Brunswick Euro Challenge. The second win was a 2-1 best-of-three win over Jason Belmonte, Australia, in the PBA XtraFrame Maine Shootout.

In the 12 th Brunswick Euro Challenge, the #2 seed Sin Li downed #3-seed Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 225-214 in the semifinal, setting up the championship match. In the PBA XtraFrame Maine Shootout, the #48 Blanchard defeated #17 seed Wes Malott in the Round of 64, #16 seed Greg Ostrander in the Round of 32, #32 seed Jason Sterner in the Round of 16, #40 seed Bryon Smith in the Round of 8, and #28 seed Osku Palermaa in the Round of 4, in the 64-man field best-of-three tournament.

Blanchard, the 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year, lost only two games in the Maine Shootout, his opening game in the opening round match to Malott, and the middle game in the championship match to Belmonte. Others obtaining votes this month were Brad Angelo, winner of the 12 th Kuwait.


Mike Fagan

JANUARY 2015 BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, has been chosen as the January 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Fagan defeated top-seeded Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 252-212, for the PBA World Championship, earning his second major PBA title, and fifth overall. The five-man stepladder finals began with fifth-seeded Stuart Williams, England, ousting fourth-seeded Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 246-211. Williams then downed third-seeded Ronnie Russell, Marion, Indiana, 259-248. Second-seeded Fagan defeated Williams, 219-206, in the semifinal, setting up the title match with Malott.

After advancing to match play in the four events of the 2014 PBA World Series of Bowling by a mere ten pins, he jumped to seventh after the first eight games of match play. Fagan jumped to second place in the second match play round, winning seven of eight games, maintaining that spot through the third and final block of eight match play games for the television finals. Despite a 109 th place finish in the PBA Scorpion Championship, Fagan placed 42 nd in the PBA Chameleon Championship, 18 th in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, and eighth in the PBA Viper Championship, qualifying him in the PBA World Championship's 23 rd place spot for match play.

Others obtaining votes this month were Paul Moor, winner of the European Bowling Tour's 45 th Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Chris Barnes, winner of the DHL PBA Japan Invitational, Brian Voss, winner of the EBT 27 th Irish Open Championship presented by Seismic, and Kameron Doyle, men's Team USA 2015 Trials champion.


DECEMBER 2014 BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington, has been chosen as the December 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Kent defeated Martin Larsen, Sweden, 257-206 for the Masters division title in the 8 th Kingdom International Open, also his first Professional Bowlers Association title. The four-man bracket finals started with the top-seeded Kent ousting third-seeded    Mike Fagan, United States, 243-237. The second-seeded Larsen got past Kuwait's Khaled Al Dubyyan, 224-174, to set up the championship match.

Kent also picked up a  medal at the 2014 Men's World Bowling Championships with Team USA. He was part of the silver medal winning trios with Mike Fagan and Sean Rash, behind gold medalists Frederik Øhrgaard, Carsten Warming Hansen, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark Kent at a very early point in his career has now claimed his fourth Kegel Bowler of the Month award. His previous awards were in  July 2010, July 2012, and September 2012.

Others obtaining votes in extremely close voting this month were from the 2014 Men's World Bowling Championships. They were Kang Heewon, Korea, gold medal, Masters, Team, bronze medal, Doubles, Choi Bokeum, Korea, gold medal, Doubles, Team, bronze medal, Masters, Park Jongwoo, Korea, gold medal, Doubles, Team, bronze medal, Trios Mike Fagan, U.S., silver meal, Trios, All-Events, bronze medal, Masters.


Don BarrettNOVEMBER BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Dom Barrett, Colchester, Essex, England, has been chosen as the November 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Barrett defeated British countryman, Stuart Williams, 395-388, in a two-game total-pins match to successfully defend his championship in the 14th Qatar Open. The title is Barrett's fourth on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour and tenth on the European Bowling Tour (EBT).

The television stepladder finals started with the fourth-seeded Jones ousting fellow American Chris Barnes 255-205, then disposed second-seeded Jonas Jehkinen, Finland, 231-203, to set up the title match with Moor. Barrett's strong November performance included a fourth place finish in the PBA Viper Championship, a sixth place posting in the PBA Chameleon Championship, both in the recent PBA World Series of Bowling (WSOB), a 37 th place showing in the PBA Round 1 Japan Cup. Ironically, Barrett was the November 2013 IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month, based on his PBA World Championship and WBT/EBT13 th Qatar Open victories. Others obtaining votes in very close voting this month were Park Kyung Shim, winner of the Round 1 Japan Cup, Clara Guerrero and Chris Barnes, men's and women's winners of the 50 th QubicaAMF World Cup, Mika Koivuniemi, winner of the PBA Viper Championship, and D.J. Archer, winner of the PBA Chameleon Championship.

October Bowler of the Month

OCTOBER BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Paul Moor, Beverly, Hull, England, has been chosen as the October 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Moor defeated Tommy Jones, United States, 265-217, for the European Bowling Tour (EBT) 12 th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Vienna, Austria.

The television stepladder finals started with the fourth-seeded Jones ousting fellow American Chris Barnes 255-205, then disposed second-seeded Jonas Jehkinen, Finland, 231-203, to set up the title match with Moor.

Moor threw eleven strikes in his match with Jones, a third frame split the only blemish. After qualifying in the 23 rd position, Moor climbed to eighth in the qualifiers Round 1, then averaged over 236 to take the lead after qualifiers Round 2 to become the top seed for the stepladder final.

The title is the 15 th EBT crown for Moor, is now two titles ahead of Osku Palermma, Finland, on the all-time EBT title list. Others obtaining votes this month were Tore Torgeson, winner of the EBT Norwegian Open 2104 by Brunswick, Bjorn Einar Rudshagen, winner of the IDM Bucharest Open, and Serge Frouvelle, winner of the EBT 3 rd Ebonite Florence International.


Missy Parkin

SEPTEMBER BOWLER OF THE MONTH IS MISSY PARKIN

Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, California,  has been chosen as the September 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Parkin won four gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women's Championships in Cali, Columbia. Besides leading Team USA in the team event, she and partner Kelly Kulick set a PABCON doubles record, and anchored the trios winning squad, and also captured the All-Events crown. Parkin lead Team USA with a series of 761 and 691, good for a 242 average over the six-game team event.

Her six-game doubles total was two pins shy of averaging 250, at 1,498. Kelly Kulick added 1,363 for a 2,861 total, winning by 107 pins over Aruba's Thashaina Seraus and Kamilah Dammers.
With trios teammates Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan, Parkin added a 1225 series to a trios six-game total of 3,885, only 25 pins better than Team USA silver medalist teammates Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, and Kulick.

Parkin capped off the tournament by nabbing the All-Events crown with a 24-game total of 5,515, good for a 229 average Others receiving votes this month were Team USA teammates Danielle McEwan and Kelly Kulick, Jesper Svensson, winner of the European Bowling Tour QubicaAMF German Open, and Paul Moor, winner of the EBT Chandra Open.


PALMERAA CLAIMS AUGUST IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH


ARLINGTON, Texas - Osku Palermaa, Finland, has been chose asthe August 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Palermaa downed Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, New York, for the World Bowling Tour(WBT) 11th Thailand Open championship, 227-213, and 243-224. The win is also his fourth career Professional Bowlers Association(PBA) title. The eight-man stepladder final started with #6 seed Don Barrett, England ousting #7 seed Jason Sterner, Covington, Georgia, and #8 seed Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand, 257-235-218. Fourth seed Suh Sang Cheon, Korea,defeated fellow Korean, fifth-seeded Kim Byoung Suk, and Barrett, 234-217-204. Palermaa then defeated Cheon, 224-206, then #2 seed Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 234-191, setting up the final match. The Finnish PBA star needed to defeat Ciminelli in two straight games for the title, the final WBT tournament of the 2014 season.

This is also Palermaa's second WBT/PBA International title,behind the 2012 Kuwait Open. His PBA U.S. titles are the 2010 PBA Geico Shark Championship and the 2011 PBA World Championship, the latter earning him his previous IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month award. Others receiving votes this month were Walter Ray Williams,Jr., winner of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer, Craig Nidiffer, winner of the 11th New Mexico Open, and Jack Jurek, winner of the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8.


Pluhousky

ALLSTAR PLUHOWSKY IS JULY IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH


ARLINGTON,Texas - Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, has been chose as the July 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Pluhowsky defeated Diana Zavjavola, Latvia, 225-212, for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) Women's All Star tournament. Zavjavola had a one-pin lead after eight frames until an open frame from not converting a 2-4-8-10 split, giving Pluhowsky a chance to close out the match and the title. The five-woman stepladder final began with Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas,downing Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 223-169. O'Keefe continued her hot streak besting Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.,237-175. Zavjalova outlasted O'Keefe in the semifinal, 236-207, setting up the title match with Pluhowsky. After placing third in the eighteen-game qualifying round, Pluhowsky posted a tournament-best 14-2 match play record to secure the top seed for the stepladder final. From1941 to 1970, the Women's All Star was the predecessor of Bowling's Women's U.S. Open, which will return in 2015. Others receiving votes this month were Dom Barrett, winner of the European Bowling Tour 10th San Marino Open, Craig Nidiffer, winner of the 2014 High Roller,Mika Koivuniemi, winner of the EBT 5th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger, and Bill McCorkle, winner of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm.


Walter Ray

WALTER RAY MASTERS JUNE IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH


ARLINGTON,Texas - Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Ocala, Florida has been chosen as the June 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Williams,Jr. defeated Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, New York, 240-219, for the 2014 USBC Senior Masters title, for his first PBA50 major title. The 2013 PBA50 Player of the Year lead qualifying, averaging just over 237 for fifteen games. Winning five Winner's Bracket three-game double elimination matches ranging from 40 to 120 pins, Williams, Jr. then lost to Jurek 717-643 in the Winner's Bracket final, making Jurek tournament top seed and Williams,Jr. the second seed for the championship round. The five-man stepladder final began with Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Oklahoma besting Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 254-184. Edwards ousted defending champion Pete Weber,St. Ann, Missouri, 237-209. Williams, Jr., defeated Edwards, 237-214, setting up the title match with Jurek. Williams,Jr. also had top ten finishes in the other three PBA50 events in the month, a third place in the PBA50 Grants Pass Open, fifth in the Senior U.S. Open, and eighth in the PBA50 Northern California Classic.

Others receiving votes this month were Norm Duke, winner of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter, Artistic Expressions #1 of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, the USBC team leader with the five-man team USBC Open Championships new all-time record score of 3720, Diana Zavjalova, winner, All-Events and Masters divisions, 2014 European Women's Championships, and Tom Baker,winner of the PBA50 Northern California Classic.


O'Neill

O'NEILL CLAIMS MAY IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH


ARLINGTON,Texas - Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been chosen as the May 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill won two events during the PBA Summer Swing, the PBA Badger Open, defeating Brian Valenta, Lockport, Illinois, 243-235. He then won the PBA Oklahoma's Grand Resort King of the Swing, downing Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois,245-181. The Badger Open stepladder final began with Valenta, in his first television stepladder finals, besting Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 237-172. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington, was the next to fall, 236-165. Valenta won the semifinal 205-190, to set up the final match with O'Neill. In the Oklahoma's Grand Casino King of the Swing stepladder finals, Tommy Jones,Simpsonville, South Carolina, defeated Ronnie Russell, Marion, Indiana ,236-206. Sean Rash outlasted Jones, 257-212, and Jason Belmonte, Australia, 235-224 in the semifinal to set up the championship match. O'Neill added to his already impressive showing in the PBA Summer Swing finishing eighth in the PBA Wolf Open, fourth in the PBA Oklahoma Open, and third in the PBA Bear Open.

Others receiving votes this month were Jason Belmonte, winner of the PBA Oklahoma Open; Sean Rash, winner of the PBA Wolf Open, including the 25th TV 300 in a PBA stepladder finals; Ronnie Russell, winner of the PBA Bear Open; Thomas Larsen, winner of the European Bowling Tour 9th Istanbul Bowling Open; and Jesper Svensson, winner of the EBT Kegel Aalborg International 2014.


Duke

DUKE IS ROYAL AS APRIL IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

ARLINGTON,Texas - Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida, has been chosen as the April 2014 Bowler Of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Duke had a solid month on the PBA50 Tour, posting a win at the PBA50 United Healthcare Sun Bowl in the Villages, presented by Radical, and a runner-up finish in the season-opening event, the PBA50 Pasco County Open. In his win, Duke defeated three fellow PBA Hall of Famers. He ousted Parker Bohn III in the quarterfinal, 255-238. Next was Pete Weber on the losing side of a 279-215 semifinal match, and then defeated Tom Baker, 256-228, for the title. The previous week saw Duke climb all the way to the championship match before falling to another PBA Hall of Famer, Amleto Monacelli, 259 -190. In a quest for three straight title match appearances, Duke bowled his way into the Round of 16 in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, presented by Columbia 300, before falling to Gary Morgan in the best-of-five match, 3-2.

Others receiving votes this month were Parker Bohn III, winner of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, presented by Columbia 300; Amleto Monacelli, winner of the PBA50 Pasco County Open; and Diana Zavjalova, women's division winner and Francois Lavoie, men's division winners at the 2014 Xbowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships.


Larsen

LARSEN CLAIMS MARCH BOWLER OF THE MONTH

ARLINGTON,Texas – Thomas Larsen, Denmark, has been chosen as the March 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Larsen defeated Dom Barrett, England, 208-205, to win the World Bowling Tour 11th Kuwait International Open. This marks Larsen's second WBT/PBA title. The stepladder finals began with Stuart Williams, England, defeating two of the PBA's biggest stars. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, was the first to be dispatched, 256-200. Reigning PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte, Australia, fell in the quarterfinal, 178-148. Barrett then downed Williams in the semifinal, 243-202, setting up the final match. Tournament rules stated the top-seeded Larsen had to be defeated twice for Barrett claim the title. The Danish bowler qualified fifth, averaging over 235, then dropped to 11th in match play before rebounding to the top seed in the stepladder finals. Larsen won his first WBT/PBA title, the WBT 1st Abu Dhabi Open in December 2013. His other top finishes were in the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling, a 16th place finish in the Bowlers Journal PBA Scorpion Championship and a 24th place finish in the PBA World Championship.

Others obtaining votes this month were Marshall Kent, winner,WBT/EBT 11th Brunswick Euro Challenge; Shannon O'Keefe, winner, women's stepladder final, 11th Kuwait International Open; Mai Ginge Jensen and Pasi Uotila, winners of women's and men's divisions of the 7th European Bowling Tour Masters.


Jason Belmonte

BELMO HISTORIC IN REPEAT AS FEBRUARY BOWLER OF THE MONTH


ARLINGTON,Texas - Jason Belmonte, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been unanimously chosen as the February 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Belmonte defeated E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Indiana, 221-177, for the USBC Masters title, for his ninth career and third major PBA title. He is only the third bowler to repeat as Masters champion; the first almost nearly a half-century. After leading qualifying, the Australian two-hander narrowly escaped the Contenders Bracket in the double-elimination match play, qualifying fifth for the five-man stepladder television finals. Starting from the number five position, he defeated Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, New York, 227-214, then Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Michigan, 202-173. In the closest match of the day, Belmonte defeated Michael Haugen, Jr., Phoenix, in the semifinal, 235-234, setting up the championship match against Tackett. Belmonte joins USBC Hall of Famers Dick Hoover and Billy Welu as the only back-to-back winners of the USBC Masters. Hoover won in 1956 and 1957, Welu in 1964 and1965.

Others obtaining votes this month were Chris Barnes, winner ofthe H.H. Emir Cup; E. J. Tackett, runner up in the USBC Masters; and Kamilla Kjeldsen, winner of the European Bowling Tour 8th International Wroclaw Open.


Jason Belmonte

BELMONTE NAMED JANUARY BOWLER OF THE MONTH


ARLINGTON,Texas - Jason Belmonte, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been chosen as the January 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Belmonte defeated Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 219-218 in the championship match, to win the PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions for his eighth career and second major PBA title. The television stepladder finals started with Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Michigan,defeating defending champion Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, 259-211. Malott ousted MacLelland in the semifinal 243-199. The Texan then defeated Dom Barrett, Colchester, England, in the quarterfinal, 205-202, to set up the title match with the top-seeded Belmonte. The two-handed Australian star began the week being named as 2012-13 PBA Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year. He becomes one of a handful of bowlers to hold two major crowns at the same time. Belmonte won the USBC Masters in February 2013. Belmonte continues a winning streak of the IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month honor by capturing the monthly award in each of the last four years. Previous wins in the streak have been November and December 2011, October 2012, and February 2013.

Others obtaining votes this month were Mika Koivuniemi, winner of the World Bowling Tour/European Bowling Tour 44th Brunswick Ballmaster Open; Brittni Hamilton and Chris Barnes, the women's and men's winners of the 2014 Team USA Trials.


Past Winners


2013

December - Dom Barrett
November - Dom Barrett
October - Mika Koivuniemi
September - Diana Zavjalova
August - Kerry Painter
July - Liz Johnson
June - Pete Weber
May - Lennie Boresch, Jr
April - Walter Ray Williams, Jr
March - Pete Weber
February - Jason Belmonte
January - Tommy Jones

2012

December - Mika Koivuniemi
November - Parker Bohn III
October - Jason Belmonte
September - Marshall Kent
August - Greg Young
July - Marshall Kent
June - Kelly Kulick
May - John Petraglia
April - Sean Rash
March - Osku Palermaa
February - Pete Weber
January - Mike Fagan

2011


December - Jason Belmonte
November - Jason Belmonte
October - Liz Johnson
September - Shannon Pluhowsky
August - Dale Traber
July - Wendy Macpherson
June - Leanne Hulsenberg
May - Bill O'Neill
April - Dick Allen
March - Jason Couch
February - Norm Duke
January - Mika Koivuniemi


2010


December - Stuart Williams
November - Wendy Macpherson
October - Bill O'Neill
September - Liz Johnson
August - Bill O'Neill
July - Marshall Kent
June - Mark Williams
May - Kelly Kulick
April - Kelly Kulick
March - Brian Kretzer
February - Bill O'Neill
January - Kelly Kulick

2009


December - Tom Smallwood
November - Pete Weber
October - (None Chosen)
September - Bill O'Neill
August - Tammy Boomershine
July - Stefanie Nation
June - Wayne Webb
May - Joe Ciccone
April - Mike Scroggins
March - Chris Barnes
February - John Nolen
January - Patrick Allen

2008


December - Parker Bohn III
November - Michelle Feldman
October - Norm Duke
September - Josie Earnest
August - Kim Terrell
July - Nick Morgan
June - Wayne Webb
May - Lynda Barnes
April - Lynda Barnes
March - Norm Duke
February - Norm Duke
January - Michael Haugen, Jr


2007


December - Parker Bohn III
November - Walter Ray Williams, Jr
October - Liz Johnson/Sean Rash
September - Mika Koivuniemi
August - Tom Baker
July - Tom Baker
June - Rick Minier
May - Kelly Kulick
April - Tommy Jones
March - Pete Weber
February - Mike Mineman
January - Jason Couch

2006


December - Norm Duke
November - Tony Reyes
October - Doug Kent
September - Walter Ray Williams, Jr
August - Jimmy Young
July - Tom Baker
June - Kelly Kulick
May - Tom Baker
April - Chris Barnes
March - Walter Ray Williams, Jr
February - Tommy Jones
January - Ritchie Allen

2005


December - Pete Weber
November - Mike Scroggins
October - Tommy Jones
September - Tommy Jones
August - Liz Johnson
July - Stefanie Nation
June - Vince Mazzanti, Jr
May - Tom Baker
April - Patrick Allen
March - Tommy Jones
February - Chris Barnes
January - Patrick Allen


2004


December - Brian Voss
November - Jason Hurd
October - Danny Wiseman
September - Tommy Jones
August - Shirley Levens
July - Rick Benard
June - Mike Edwards
May - David Ozio
April - (None Chosen)
March - Tom Baker
February - Pete Weber
January - Walter Ray Williams, Jr

Bowler of the Year

The purpose of this award is to honor a male and female bowler for outstanding accomplishments during a calendar year. Professional and amateur bowlers are eligible to receive this award.


2015 Bowlers of the Year Winners

Jason Belmonte

Jason Belmonte

Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson

Jason Belmonte joined some elite company when he was voted the 2015 Bowler of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association for the third straight year. On the women's side, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., is the 2015 honoree, winning the award for the fifth time. She also won the award in 2013, 2009, 2007 and 2005.

Belmonte, Orange, NWS, Australia, got 83 percent of the votes. He is the fourth male bowler to win the award three times. Others who have been honored by the IBMA three straight seasons are Earl Anthony (1974-76 and 1981-83), Mark Roth (1977-79), and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (1996-98 and 2002-04). Belmonte led the Professional Bowlers Association in earnings ($178,542), was fourth in average (225.4), and won two majors — the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and the USBC Masters. He won his two titles early in the year, which gave him the momentum to finish ahead of Ryan Ciminelli in the voting.

"It's a real honor to win this again, thank you so much!" Belmonte said. "It was a really good start to the year, and it wasn't necessarily a terrible finish. It just that, by my standards, it wasn't nearly as good as I would have liked."

Johnson won three titles, including two majors — the USBC Queens and the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. She led the PWBA in earnings ($92,700), average (214.81) and points (99,550). In the World Bowling Championships, Johnson won a gold medal in team, silver in all events and in the Masters, and bronze in trios. She collected 78 percent of the votes cast by the IBMA members.

"It's awesome to win this again," Johnson said. "Last year was nuts! The year was just incredible! There are no words to describe it. I've had some good years in my life, but that was definitely the biggest year in my career."


IBMA Dick Weber Male Bowlers of the Year


2015 - Jason Belmonte, Orange, NWS, Australia
2014 - Jason Belmonte, Orange, NWS, Australia
2013 - Jason Belmonte, Orange, NWS, Australia
2012 - Michael Fagan, Dallas, TX
2011 - Mika Koiuvniemi, Hartland, MI
2010 - Bill O'Neill, Southampton, PA
2009 - Norm Duke, Clermont, FL
2008 - Norm Duke, Clermont, FL
2007 - Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, FL
2006 - Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, SC
2005 - Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, NY
2004 - W.R. Williams Jr., Ocala, FL
2003 - W.R. Williams Jr., Ocala, FL
2002 - W.R. Williams Jr., Ocala, FL
2001 - Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ
2000 - Norm Duke, Clermont, FL
1999 - Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ
1998 - W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
1997 - W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
1996 - W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
1995 - Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, IN
1994 - Norm Duke, Edmond, OK
1993 - W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
1992 - Marc McDowell, Madison, WI
1991 - David Ozio, Vidor, TX
1990 - Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela
1989 - Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, IN
1988 - Brian Voss, Tacoma, WA
1987 - Marshall Holman, Medford, OR
1985 - Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, IN
1986 - W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
1984 - Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., NJ
1983 - Earl Anthony, Dublin, CA
1982 - Earl Anthony, Dublin, CA
1981 - Earl Anthony, Dublin, CA
1980 - Wayne Webb, Reheboth, MA
1979 - Mark Roth, N. Arlington, NJ
1978 - Mark Roth, N. Arlington, NJ
1977 - Mark Roth, N. Arlington, NJ
1976 - Earl Anthony, Dublin, CA
1975 - Earl Anthony, Dublin, CA
1974 - Earl Anthony, Dublin, CA
1973 - Don McCune, Munster, IN
1972 - Don Johnson, Akron, OH
1971 - Don Johnson, Akron, OH
1970 - Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, MO
1969 - Billy Hardwick, Louisville, KY
1968 - Jim Stefanich, Joliet, IL
1967 - Dave Davis, Phoenix, AZ
1966 - Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, GA
1965 - Dick Weber, St. Louis, MO
1964 - Billy Hardwick, San Mateo, CA
1963 - Dick Weber, St. Louis, MO
1962 - Don Carter, St. Louis, MO
1961 - Dick Weber, St. Louis, MO
1960 - Don Carter, St. Louis, MO
1959 - Ed Lubanski, Detroit, MI
1958 - Don Carter, St. Louis, MO
1957 - Don Carter, St. Louis, MO
1956 - Bill Lillard, Chicago, IL
1955 - Steve Nagy, Detroit, MI
1954 - Don Carter, St. Louis, MO
1953 - Don Carter, St. Louis, MO
1952 - Steve Nagy, Cleveland, OH
1951 - Lee Jouglard, Detroit, MI
1950 - Junie McMahon, Fair Lawn, NJ
1949 - Connie Schwoegler, Madison, WI
1948 - Andy Varipapa, Brooklyn, NY
1947 - Buddy Bomar, Chicago, IL
1946 - Joe Wilman, Chicago, IL
1945 - Buddy Bomar, Chicago, IL
1944 - Ned Day, Milwaukee, WI
1943 - Ned Day, Milwaukee, WI
1942 - Johnny Crimmins, Detroit, MI

IBMA Female Bowlers of the Year


2015 - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY
2014 - Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ
2013 - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY
2012 - Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, IL
2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, OH
2010 - Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ
2009 - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY
2008 - Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, TX
2007 - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY
2006 - Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ
2005 - Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, NY
2004 - Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, AZ
2003 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Dallas, TX
2002 - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, CA
2001 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Dallas, TX
2000 - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV
1999 - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV
1998 - Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia
1997 - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV
1996 - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV
1995 - Tish Johnson, Northridge, CA
1994 - Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, OK
1993 - Lisa Wagner, Palmetto, FL
1992 - Tish Johnson, Panorama City, CA
1991 - Leanne Barrette, Yukon, OK
1990 - Tish Johnson, Panorama City, CA
1989- Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA
1988 - Lisa Wagner, Palmetto, FL
1987 - Betty Morris, Stockton, CA
1986 - Lisa Wagner, Palmetto, FL
1985 - Aleta Sill, Dearborn, MI
1984 - Aleta Sill, Dearborn, MI
1983 - Lisa Wagner, Palmetto, FL
1982 - Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo, CA
1981 - Donna Adamek, Apple Valley, CA
1980 - Donna Adamek, Apple Valley, CA
1979 - Donna Adamek, Apple Valley, CA
1978 - Donna Adamek, Apple Valley, CA
1976- Patty Costello, Scranton, PA
1975 - Judy Soutar, Leawood, KS
1974 - Betty Morris, Stockton, CA
1973 - Judy Soutar, Leawood, KS
1972 - Patty Costello, Scranton, PA
1971 - Paula Carter, Miami, FL
1970 - Mary Baker Harris, Cent. Islip, NY
1969 - Dorothy Fothergill, Ossippee, NH
1968 - Dorothy Fothergill, Ossippee, NH
1967 - Mildred Ignizio, Rochester, NY
1966 - Joy Abel, Lansing, IL
1965 - Betty Kuczynski, Chicago, IL
1964 - LaVerne Carter, Las Vegas, NV
1963 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1962 - Shirley Garms, Island Lake, IL
1961 - Shirley Garms, Island Lake, IL
1960 - Sylvia Martin, Philadelphia, PA
1959 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1958 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1957 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1956 - Anita Cantaline, Detroit, MI
1955 - Sylvia Martin, Philadelphia, PA
1954 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1953 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1952 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1951 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1950 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1949 - Val Mikiel, Detroit, MI
1948 - Val Mikiel, Detroit, MI

Senior Bowler of the Year

The purpose of this award is to honor a male and female bowler, 50 years or older, for outstanding accomplishments during a calendar year. Professional and amateur bowlers are eligible to receive this award.


2015 Senior Bowler of the Year Winner


Bohn III

Parker Bohn III

Robin Romeo

Robin Romeo

 

Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ have been elected Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2015 by the International Bowling Media Association, according to an announcement made by President Keith Hamilton.

Romeo distinguished herself by capturing the USBC Senior Queens title on a difficult lane condition where she led qualifying by almost one hundred pins. She then bested top seeded Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, CO in the final match for the win. Romeo also finished third in the Triple Crown Shootout as well as third in All Events in the World Senior Championships. She was also a member of the gold medal team at the World Senior Championships along with Johnson, who finished a close second in the Senior Bowler of the Year balloting.

Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ, was a force to be reckoned with on the PBA50 tour as well as the PBA Tour. He won the Pasco County and Treasure Island events on the PBA50 tour as well as the PBA Players Championship and the Cheetah Championship on the PBA Tour. He also had four other top 10 finishes on the PBA50 Tour. Bohn ranked second on the senior tour in average and third in earnings but outranked all bowlers on the regular tour with a leading average of 225.86. Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO, was a distant runner-up in the balloting but outranked Bohn in average and took top honors in earnings on the PBA50 tour.

“I really appreciate this award,” said Bohn, “and it comes as quite a surprise. I didn't know that regular tour stats were figured in.”

Romeo was also quite amazed when she learned of her selection. “Wow,” she said. “That's really awesome and exciting.”


IBMA Male Bowlers of the Year


2015 - Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ
2014 - Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO
2013 - Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO
2012 - Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Ocala, FL
2011 - Ron Mohr, Eagle River, AK
2010 - Wayne Webb, Columbus, OH
2009 - Ron Mohr, Eagle River, AK
2008 - Wayne Webb, Sacramento, CA
2007 - Tom Baker, King, NC
2006 - Tom Baker, King, NC
2005 - Tom Baker, King, NC
2004 - Bob Glass, Lawrence, KS
2003 - Bob Glass, Lawrence, KS
2002 - Bob Glass, Lawrence, KS
2001 - Bob Glass, Lawrence, KS
2000 - Bob Glass, Lawrence Park, KS
1999 - Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX
1998 - Pete Couture, Titusville, FL
1997 - Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK
1996 - Earl Anthony, Cornelius, WA
1995 - Tommy Evans, Bonaventure, FL
1994 - John Handegard, Las Vegas, NV
1993 - Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK
1992 - Gene Stus, Allen Park, MI

IBMA Female Bowlers of the Year


2015 - Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA
2014 - Tish Johnson
2013 - Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, FL
2012 - Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA
2011 - Paula Vidad, Sun City, CA
2010 - Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, NM
2009 - Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA
2008 - Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, FL
2007 - (none selected)
2006 - (none selected)
2005 - (none selected)
2004 - Shirley Levens, Titusville, FL
2003 - Shirley Levens, Cocoa, FL
2002 - Shirley Levens, Cocoa, FL
2001 - Fran Deken, Reno, NV
2000 - Linda Kelly, Dayton, OH

IBMA (BWAA) Collegiate Bowler of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to honor a male and female bowler for outstanding accomplishments in collegiate competition during the collegiate competitive season which ends in April of each year.



2015-16 Male & Female Winners


Michael Coffey

Michael Coffey
Lindenwood University

Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith
Grand View University


2014-15 Male & Female Winners


Michael Tang

Michael Tang
San Jose State University

Daria Kolovia

Daria Kovalova
Wichita State University


2013-14 Male & Female Winners


AJ Johnson

AJ Johnson
McKendree University

Daria Kovalova

Daria Kovalova
Wichita State


IBMA Male Collegiate Bowlers of the Year


2013-14 - AJ Johnson, McKendree University
2012-13 - Marshall Kent, Robert Morris-Illinois
2011-12 - T.J. Schmidt, Purdue University
2010-11 - Josh Blanchard, Wichita State
2009 - Dan MacLelland, Saginaw Valley State
2008 - Dan MacLelland, Saginaw Valley State
2007 - P.J. Haggerty, Fresno State
2006 - P.J. Haggerty, Fresno State
2005 - P.J. Haggerty, Fresno State
2004 - Bill O'Neill, Saginaw Valley State
2003 - Bill O'Neill, Saginaw Valley State
2002 - Derek Sapp, Western Illinois
2001 - Bill O'Neill, Saginaw Valley State
2000 - Jeff Piroozshad, Miami, FL
1999 - Mike Eaton Jr., Wichita State University
1998 - Louis Franzetti, William Paterson
1997 - Joe Ciccone, Arizona State University
1996 - Bryan Manno, Indiana University
1995 - Steve Kloempken, Wichita State
1994 - Joe Ciccone, Erie Community College
1993 - Bill Hoffman, Ohio State University
1992 - Chris Barnes, Wichita State University
1991 - Sanford Carvajal, San Diego State
1990 - David Carter, William Paterson
1989 - Chris Sole, William Paterson
1988 - Chris Viale, William Paterson
1987 - Rick Steelsmith, Wichita State

IBMA Female Collegiate Bowlers of the Year


2013-14 - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State
2012-13 - Jazreel Tan, Wichita State
2011-12 - Jazreel Tan, Wichita State
2010-11 - Jenn Boisselle, Central Florida
2009 - Sandra Gongora, Wichita State
2008 - Kayla Bandy, Pikeville College
2007 - Kayla Bandy, Pikeville College
2006 - Stefanie Nation, Central Florida
2005 - Anita Manns, Wichita State
2004 - Elysia Current, Fairleigh Dickinson
2003 - Melissa Belinder, Cal State-Fullerton
2002 - Amber Gazverde, Central Missouri State
2001 - Shannon Pluhowsky, Nebraska
2000 - Jessica DeCrescente, Morehead State
1999 - Cathy Krasner, Cal State-Fresno
1998 - Kelly Kulick, Morehead State
1997 - Kelly Kulick, Morehead State
1996 - Keli Rapp, Erie Community College
1995 - Rosine Marschke, Wichita State
1994 - Stacy Werth, Cal State-Sacramento
1993 - Liz Johnson, Morehead State
1992 - Kari Murph, Morehead State University
1991 - Kari Murph, Morehead State University
1990 - Linda Norry, San Jose State
1989 - Linda Norry, San Jose State
1988 - Jackie Sellers, Penn State
1987 - Jackie Sellers, Penn State

2015 – 2016 Writing Competition Winners

Professional Editorial

1st Place – Keith Hamilton – “Bowling’s $20 Million Opportunity” – Bowlers Journal International, June, 2015
Runner Up – Johnny Campos – “State of GPBA fine says president” – Peoria Star Journal – January, 2015
Honorable Mention – Vicki Prevost – “30 Years on the Bowling Beat” – The Standard Times, New Bedford, Mass. March, 2015

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Professional News Feature

1st Place – Bob Johnson – “The Light is Back in Ryan Shafer’s Life” – Bowlers Journal International, October, 2015
Runner Up – J.R. Schmidt – Four Part Series “The National Bowling League” – Bowlers Journal Intl., May-Aug, 2015
Honorable Mention – Johnny Campos – “McNeil Still has Goals at USBC Championships” – Peoria Star Journal, May, 2015

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Non - Professional Editorial

1st Place – Frank Weiler – “Will Bowling Ever Be An Olympic Sport?” – California Bowling News, December 10, 2015 (Mr. Weiler’s entry was the only entry to receive all first place votes.)
Runner Up – Josh Hyde – “Becoming Chuck Pezzano” – Josh Hyde’s Bowling Newsletter, April, 2015
Honorable Mention – Brian Hirsch – “Striking Spotlight – Jason Belmonte” – Desert Bowler, March, 2015

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Non-Professional News Feature

1st Place tie – Kevin Hong – “Feb. 6, 1972: Ray Orf Bowls 890” – The Bowling History Book – March 20, 2015

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1st Place tie – Dave Williams – “The High Five” – Sports Reporter, July 22, 2015
Honorable Mention – Kevin Hong – “The Medford Meteor at 60” - The Bowling History Book – July 8, 2015

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Non-Professional Newsletter

1st Place – Pete Atkeson – KSBA Newsletter - November, 2015
Runner Up – Josh Hyde – Josh Hyde’s Bowling Newsletter – May, 2015
Honorable Mention – Josh Hyde – Josh Hyde’s Bowling Newsletter – March, 2015

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Broadcast Media

1st Place – Tim Burg – Above180.com - Ryan Ciminelli, “Winning the US Open” – November 13
Honorable Mention – Tim Burg – Above180.com - Dr. Dean Hinitz, “How to Improve Your Mental Game” – September 26

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Rip Van Winkle Award


Rip Van Winkle Award Winner List


(Award discontinued in 2007)

2007 - Reg Pearson, Virginia City, NV
2006 - Albert Matzelle, Bayside, WI
2005 - Connie Marchione, Panorama City, CA
2004 - Dick Ritger, River Falls, WI
2003 - Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, CA
2002 - Gordon Vadakin, Wichita, KS
2001 - Sam Baca, Stockton, CA
2000 - Jack Biondolillo, Houston, TX
1999 - Walt Steinsiek, Mico, FL
1998 - Don McCune, Munster, IN
1997 - Tom Kouros, Palatine, IL
1996 - Chief Halftown, Philadelphia, PA
1995 - Jeannette Robinson, Las Vegas, NV
1994 - Bill Taylor, San Gabriel, CA
1993 - Angelo Biondo, Chicago, IL
1992 - Wayne Todd, Aurora, CO
1991 - Pepper Martin, San Antonio, TX
1990 - Seymour (Sandy) Shub, Chicago, IL
1989 - George Amato, Eugene, OR
1988 - Don Snyder, Los Angeles, CA
1987 - Bill Franklin, Marina Del Rey, CA
1986 - Woody Woodruff, Westbury, NY
1985 - Greg Griffo, Syracuse, NY
1984 - George Billick, Old Forge, PA
1983 - John Gavie, Detroit, MI
1982 - Eddie Edgar, Detroit, MI
1981 - Gus Lombardi, New York, NY
1980 - Joe Wilson, Chicago, IL
1979 - Chuck Pezzano, Clifton, NJ
1978 - Arthur Enberg, Minneapolis, MN
1977 - Charles Mitchell, Akron, OH
1976 - Dick Watson, Los Angeles, CA
1975 - Paul Marian, Chicago, IL
1974 - Cecil Ward, Detroit, MI
1970 - Paul Cito, Detroit, MI
1969 - Elmer Irwin, San Francisco, CA
1968 - Jerome Harris, St. Louis, MO
Eli Maricich, Matteson, IL

1967 - J.B. Coker, San Diego, CA
Arthur Johnson, Milwaukee, WI
Bill McDonald, New York, NY
1966 - Peter Revelt, Detroit, MI
Ben Sands, Cleveland, OH
1965 - Lester Boston, Tulsa, OK
John Canelli, Toledo, OH
Ossie (Rags) Ragogna, St. Paul, MN
1964 - Warren Sloan, Blackwood, NJ
Dennis Sweeney, St. Louis, MO
Sam Weinstein, Chicago, IL
1963 - Wilfred Albert, St. Petersburg, FL
Fred Lipovetz, LaCrosse, WI
George Obenauer, Buffalo, NY
Milton Raymer, Chicago, IL
William Landgraf, Island Park, NY
1962 - Walt Ditzen, Phoenix, AZ
John O. Martino, Syracuse, NY
Jim Tinney, Chicago, IL
Harold Lloyd, Los Angeles, CA
1960 - Joe Fliger, Chicago, IL
Frank (Bud) Wight, Chicago, IL
Emory Krauthoefer, Milwaukee, WI
William Mattison, Toledo, OH
1959 - Allie Brandt, Lockport, NY
Joe McCord, Santa Monica, CA
Rudy Matak, St. Paul, MN
Walter (Skag) Mercurio, Cleveland, OH
1958 - Frank Caruana, Buffalo, NY
Frank Snyder, Erie, PA
Harry Steers, Chicago, IL
Fred Thoma, Peoria, IL
1957 - Cone Hermann, St. Louis, MO
Frank Benkovic, Milwaukee, WI
1956 - Clarence Brayshaw, Omaha, NE
Larry Sutton, Rochester, NY
Frank Bruggeman, Burlington, IA


2012 Male & Female Winners

(Award Discontinued in 2012)

Amateur Bowlers of the Year

A special IBMA committee has selected the nation's best non-professional Male and Female Bowlers of the Year since 1991.


IBMA Male Amateur Bowlers of the Year

2011 - Matt Weggen, Muscatine, IA
2010 - Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY
2009 - John Janawicz, Winter Haven, FL
2008 - Derek Eoff, Arlington, TX
2007 - Rhino Page, Topeka, KS
2006 - Bill Hoffman, Columbus, OH
2005 - Andrew Cain, Chandler, AZ
2004 - John Janawicz, Winter Haven, FL
2003 - Bill Hoffman, Columbus, OH
2002 - Bill Hoffman, Columbus, OH
2001 - Andrew Cain, Phoenix, AZ
2000 - Bill Hoffman, Columbus, OH
1999 - Bill Hoffman, Columbus, OH
1998 - John Gaines, Davidsonville, MD
1997 - Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS
1996 - Don Scudder, Cincinnati, OH
1995 - Patrick Healey Jr., Niagara Falls, NY
1994 - Patrick Healey Jr., Niagara Falls, NY
1993 - Vince Biondo III, Hoffman Estates, IL
1992 - Vince Biondo III, Hoffman Estates, IL
1991 - Patrick Healey Jr., Niagara Falls, NY

IBMA Female Amateur Bowlers of the Year

2011 - Jazreel Tan, Wichita, KS
2010 - Brittni Hamilton, Webster, NY
2009 - Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, TX
2008 - Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, TX
2007 - Diandra Asbaty, Dyer, IN
2006 - Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, IL
2005 - Lynda Barnes, Flower Mound, TX
2004 - Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, AZ
2003 - Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty, Dyer, IN
2002 - Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, AZ
2001 - Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, AZ
2000 - Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ
1999 - Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ
1998 - Lynda Norry-Barnes, Wichita, KS
1997 - Kendra Cameron, Baltimore, MD
1996 - Kendra Cameron, Baltimore, MD
1995 - Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, NY
1994 - Lucy Giovinco-Sandelin, Atlanta, GA
1993 - Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, NY
1992 - Tammy Turner, W. Palm Beach, FL
1991 - Lynda Norry, Huntington Beach, CA


Matt Weggen

Matt Weggen
Muscatine, IA

Jazreel Tan

Jazreel Tan
Wichita, KS


Sam Levine Flowers for the Living Award

Although not an official IBMA award, the Flowers for the Living Award is one of the sport's most coveted forms of recognition. The award was created in 1961 by Cleveland Kegler publisher Sam Levine and a small group of newspapermen. It was inspired by a poem written by one of the founders, Ohio Associated Press editor Fritz Howell. His poem, “Flowers for the Living” suggests that deserving people be honored “while they are still alive to smell the flowers.” The award remains in the custody of a "secretive panel" which prides itself on making surprise presentations to unsuspecting recipients; and no recipient has been more surprised than Howell was when he received the first bouquet.


Flowers for the Living by Fritz Howell

It seems that when a fellow dies, no matter what he’s been, A saintly chap or one whose life was darkly steeped in sin - That folks forget the bitter words they spoke but yesterday And seem to find a multitude of pretty things to say.

And maybe when I go to rest, someone will bring to light Some kindly word or goodly act, long buried out of sight, But if it’s all the same to you, just give to me instead, The bouquets while I’m living, and the knocking when I’m dead.

Don’t save your kisses to imprint upon my noble brow, While countless maledictions are hurled upon me now. Just say a kindly word to me, as I mourn here alone, And don’t save all your eulogy to carve upon a stone.

What do I care if, when I’m gone, the whole newspaper world Gives me a glowing writeup and the nation’s flags are furled? Why, it won’t flatter me a bit, no matter what is said, So kindly throw your flowers now, and knock me when I’m dead.

It may be fine, when one is gone, to have folks talk so, And have the flowers come in loads from all the guys you know. It must be nice to have these things for those you leave behind But, so far as I’m concerned, I really will not mind.

I’m quite alive and well today, and while I linger here, Give me a helping hand at times, give me a word of cheer. Let’s change the game a bit, just sorta swab the decks, For I will be no judge of flowers, when I cash in my checks.


Flowers for the Living Recipients


2014 - Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ
2013 - John Sommer, Rockford, IL
2012 - Bill Lillard, Houston, TX
2011 - Jim Dressel, Chicago, IL
2010 - Paula Carter, Miami, FL
2009 - Elaine Hagin, Castro Valley, CA
2008 - Carmen Salvino, Shaumburg, IL
2007 - Lenny Nicholson, Tucson, AZ
2006 - Walt Steinsiek, Micco, FL
2005 - Pearl Keller, Chappaqua, NY
2004 - Jeanette Robinson, Las Vegas, NV
2003 - Dick Stoeffler, Las Vegas, NV
2002 - Glenn Allison, Whittier, CA
2001 - Tom Kouros, Libertyville, IL
2000 - Wayne Todd, Denver, CO
1999 - Chris Schenkel, Leesburg, IN
1998 - Jack Reichert, Lake Forest, IL
1996 - Bob Zellner, Stony Brook, NY Angelo Biondo, Chicago, IL
1995 - Augie Karcher, Winona, MN
1993 - Millie Ignizio, Rochester, NY
1992 - Earl Anthony, Cornelius, OR
1991 - Jim Bennett Jr., Muskegon, MI
1990 - Helen Duval, Berkeley, CA
1989 - Pat McDonough
1988 - Helen Baker, Cocoa Beach, FL
1987 - Joe Lyou, Los Angeles, CA
1986 - Don Carter, Miami, FL
1985 - John Jowdy, San Antonio, TX

1982 -1984 - Award was not given due to the death of the originator, Sam Levine
1981 - Byron Schoeman, Satellite Beach, FL
1980 - Bill Doehrman, Ft. Wayne, IN
1979 - Dick Weber, St. Louis, MO
1978 - Lee Evans, Miami, FL; Emma Phaler, Miami, FL
1977 - Eddie Elias, Akron, OH
1976 - Chuck Pezzano, Clifton, NJ
1975 - Fred Wolf, Detroit, MI
1974 - Mort Luby Jr., Chicago, IL
1973 - Bill Hengen, Minneapolis, MN; Alberta E. Crowe, Liverpool, NY
1972 - Sam Levine, Cleveland, OH
1971 - Frank Baker, Milwaukee, WI; Hank Marino, Milwaukee, WI
1969 - Frank Sczepanski, Flint, MI
1968 - Bruce Pluckhahn, Milwaukee, WI
1967 - Tom Bolger, Toledo, OH; Steve Cruchon, Detroit, MI
1966 - Billy Sixty, Milwaukee, WI
1965 - Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, MI
1964 - Joe Norris, Chicago, IL
1963 - Sam Weinstein, Chicago, IL; John O. Martino, Syracuse, NY
1962 - Joe Smolen, Milwaukee, WI

1961 - Fritz Howell, Columbus, OH


IBMA Bowler of the Decade

The purpose of this award is to honor a male and female bowler for outstanding accomplishments during a decade. (To be decided in 2019)


2001 - 2010 Winners


Walter Ray Williams Jr

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Kelly Kulick

Kelly Kulick