IBMA Major Awards will be presented at the BPAA Industry Awards Luncheon during International Bowl Expo in Nashville. Members will be notified of the dates and times by March 1. Click below for Candidate Biographies and Statistics.

Biographies & Statistics


  • 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


This award is presented to an individual 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.


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


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

Francois Lavoie

Francois Lavoie in November as Bowler of the Month

Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, has been unanimously named as the November 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Lavoie won the 2016 United States Open, defeating tournament top seed Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington, 228-194. Lavoie not only is the first Canadian to win the U. S. Open, the second Canadian to win a PBA title, but the first to roll a 300 game in a U.S. Open stepladder finals.

The nationally-televised finals began with fourth seed Shawn Maldonado, Houston, defeating John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, New York, 190-188. Maldonado then ousted fellow Texan, third seed Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 238-217. The second seed Lavoie then threw his historic 300 game in the semifinal against Maldonado's 211, to set up the final match.

Lavoie finished second after qualifying, averaging over 226. The four-time Team Canada member lead after the first round of match play, then watched Kent race past him and everyone else to a 450-pin lead in the second match play round. Lavoie then clawed his way back to a 272-pin deficit heading to the stepladder finals.

Others obtaining votes this month were Marshall Kent, U.S. Open runner up, Missy Parkin, winner of the PWBA/PBA World Series of Bowling (WSOB) Women's Challenge, Matt O'Grady, winner of the PBA WSOB Regional Challenge, Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol, winner of the European Bowling Tour (EBT) 7 the Sofia International Open, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA50 Tour WSOB Challenge.

Jakob Butturff

Jakob Butturff as October Bowler of the Month

Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Arizona, has been named as the October 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Butturff captured the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, defeating Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 277-211, marking his second career PBA title. His first was the PBA XtraFrame Southwest Open in Lubbock, Texas in June.

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.

The stepladder finals started with the fifth-seed Simonsen ousting fourth-seed Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 242-224. The reigning USBC Masters Champion then defeated third-seed Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina, 248-191. Second-seed Jesper Svensson, Sweden, fell in the semifinal 267-258, setting up the title match.

Starting with the second game in qualifying, Butturff lead the tournament the rest of the way. A narrow lead after qualifying was turned into a 7-1 opening round of match play three hundred pin lead, ending up with nearly a 450-pin lead going into the stepladder finals, averaging just over 252. Others obtaining votes this month were Jesper Svensson, winner of the European Bowling Tour Norwegian Open, Jenny Wegner and Wang Hongbo, women's and men's winners of the 52 nd QubicaAMF World Cup.

Sean Rash

Sean Rash as September Bowler of the Month

Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, has been named as the September 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Rash won two tournaments in the PBA Fall Swing, the PBA Badger Open and the PBA Detroit Open, and also two gold medals at the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Adult Championships.

His first win of the month came in the PBA Badger Open, defeating Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 259-195. The second win of the PBA Fall Swing was the PBA Detroit Open, a 178-161 triumph over Jason Belmonte, Australia. Those are the tenth and eleventh PBA titles of his career. Very shortly after those two wins was his gold medal winning performance in men's singles in the PABCON Adult Championships in Cali, Columbia. Rash captured gold by only seven pins over fellow Team USA member silver medalist John Szczerbinski and sixteen pins over bronze medalist Manuel Otalora of Columbia.

The 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year snared his second gold medal as Team USA caught a tough Team Canada in the final game to win the gold medal by 39 pins. Team Columbia took the bronze medal.

Others obtaining votes this month in very close voting were Clara Guerrero, winner of three gold and two silver medals at the PABCON Adult Championships, New Hui Fen, winner of the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, E.J. Tackett, winner of the PBA Bear Open and the PBA King of the Fall Swing, and Ronnie Russell, winner of one gold and three silver medals at the PABCON Adult Championships.

Past Winners


January - TBD


December - Francois Lavoie
November - Jakob Butturff
October - Sean Rash
September - Liz Johnson
August – Amleto Monacelli
July - Norm Duke
June - Pete Weber
May - Pete Weber
April - Ryan Ciminelli
March - Danielle McEwan
February - Jesper Svensson
January - Amleto Monacelli


December - Gary Faulkner, Jr.
November - Ryan Ciminelli
October - Ryan Ciminelli
September - Liz Johnson
August - Amleto Monacelli
July - Osku Palermaa
June - Pete Weber
May - Bill O'Neill
April - Kyle Troup
March - Josh Blanchard
February - Jason Belmonte
January - Mike Fagan


December - Marshall Kent
November - Dom Barrett
October - Paul Moor
September - Missy Parkin
August - Osku Palermma
July - Shannon Pluhowsky
June - Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
May - Bill O'Neill
April - Norm Duke
March - Thomas Larsen
February - Jason Belmonte
January - Jason Belmonte


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 – - Ryan Ciminelli, “Winning the US Open” – November 13
Honorable Mention – Tim Burg – - 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