Awards

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

KEGEL BOWLER OF THE MONTH

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

Leanne Hulsenberg and Trophy

BOOMER GOLDEN AS SEPTEMBER IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, has been voted as the September 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Hulsenberg won four gold medals in the World Bowling Senior Championships in women’s doubles, team of four, women’s all events, and women’s Masters.

She and Team USA teammate and fellow USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson downed Team Germany’s Martina Beckel and Bianca Volkl-Brandt 443-372.

Hulsenberg helped Team USA capture the team of four gold medal, with teammates Johnson, Lucy Sandelin, and Sharon Powers. They downed Team Australia with Jeanette Baker, Heather Robinson, Christine Clark, and Mary Dodds, 232-164, and 236-180 in a best of three Baker System final.

The 2008 USBC Hall of Famer and 2019 PWBA Hall of Famer out averaged the field by nearly nine pins to take the all events gold over silver medalist Baker and bronze medalist Team Sweden’s Susanne Olsson.

Hulsenberg notched her fourth gold medal by taking the Masters division, 2-1, in a best of three final, also over Sweden’s Olsson.

Others obtaining votes this month were Shannon O’Keefe, winner of the PWBA Tour Championship, Cherie Tan, winner of the PWBA Tour Championship, Lennie Boresch, Jr., winner of three gold medals at the World Bowling Senior Championships and Carsten Warming Hansen, winner of the PBA International-World Bowling Tour (WBT) Storm Lucky Larsen Masters.

KEGEL BOWLER OF THE MONTH

OKeefe Trophy

O'KEEFE GOLDEN AS AUGUST IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Shannon O’Keefe, Shiloh, Illinois, has been voted as the August 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association

O’Keefe began August with her first PWBA triumph in the East Hartford Open, downing second seeded Birgit Poppler, Germany 225-203 in the title match. Two weeks later in the BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open, O’Keefe ousted top seeded Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, New York, 207-202 for her second PWBA title of the month. It is her fourth title this season and 12 th PWBA career title.

Rounding out the month, O’Keefe captured the Women’s Doubles gold medal with partner Stefanie Johnson at the Pan American Games. Their twelve game combined total was 264 pins better than silver medalists Illiana Lomeli Lemus and Miriam Aseret Setter Velazco of Mexico. Aumi Guerra and Astrid Valiente of the Dominican Republic were 303 pins behind in third place, taking home bronze medals.

At the World Bowling Women’s Championships, fourth seeded and Team USA teammate Danielle McEwan defeated the third seeded O’Keefe 259-193 for the Singles gold medal. Lee Nayoung, South Korea, and Sandra Andersson, Sweden, won the bronze medals.

 

Brian LeClair

LECLAIR’S BACK TO BACK TITLES CLAIMS JULY BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Brian LeClair, Albany, New York, has been voted as the July 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

LeClair won back-to-back titles on the PBA50 Tour, the River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer and South Shore Open presented by Ebonite, his fourth and fifth PBA50 career titles.

For the River City Extreme Open crown, LeClair qualified in tenth place, then vaulted to the top seed for the stepladder final where he defeated Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, 225-200. Weber was making his first championship round appearance in more than a year.

LeClair kept up the hot pace in the South Shore Open presented by Ebonite, finishing qualifying in sixth place, then ending match play as the top seed again for the stepladder final. He ousted fellow upstate New Yorker Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, New York, 214-203. Ventura had won three stepladder matches of his own leading up to the championship match.

Also receiving votes this month were Amanda Greene and Kyle Sherman, winners of the Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, E.J. Tackett, winner of the PBA Tour Finals, Ron Mohr, winner of the PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, Arnar Davio Jonsson, winner of the 10 th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger, and Daniel Fransso, winner of the 15 th Storm San Marino Open.

Praither

PRATHER CLIMBS THE BRACKET TO JUNE IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Kris Prather, Plainfield, Illinois, has been selected as the June 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association

Prather defeated Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, in the Race to Two Points format championship round, 226-215, and 216-185, for the inaugural PBA Playoffs title.

As the 9 th-seed in the 24-man field, Prather won five matches in route to the title. In order he ousted the 24 th-seed Darren Tang, 8 th-seed Tom Daugherty, top-seed Jason Belmonte, and 7 th-seed O’Neill. Players were seeded based on PBA points from the first thirteen events of 2019.

A key moment in the final match occurred in the first game as Prather left the 3-4-6-7-10 split on the first ball of the tenth frame. He spared and struck, forcing O’Neill to throw three strikes to win by a pin. O’Neill left the 2-8 on his second ball in the tenth, giving Prather the 226-215 win.

Other receiving votes in close voting this month were Danielle McEwan, winner of the U.S. Women’s Open, Amleto Monacelli, winner of the USBC Senior Masters, Jakob Butturff, winner of the PBA XtraFrame Lubbock Sports Shootout, presented by Ebonite, Ty Dawson, winner of the USBC Super Senior Classic, Shannon O’Keefe, winner of the PWBA Tucson Open, and Tore Torgerson, winner of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm

Dasha

ALL HAIL QUEEN KOVALOVA AS MAY IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Dasha Kovalova, Ukraine, has been selected as the May 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association

Kovalova defeated Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 226 - 216, for the USBC Queens title, her first PWBA championship.

Increasing her lead due to a Sin open frame in the fifth, Kovalova maintained her lead through the match, needed only a strike and a nine count in the tenth. The former Wichita State University All-American threw a double to clinch her first professional crown and the coveted Queens tiara.

The television stepladder finals began with the fourth seed Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, ousted fifth-seed Daphne Tan, Singapore, 231-195. The third seed Clara Guerrero, Columbia, downed Roumimper in a close match, 242-232. In the semifinal, the second seed Sin tossed the first eight strikes to eliminate Guerrero, 267-224, setting up the final match for the first major title of the season

The five finalists finished in a variety of places after qualifying. Kovalova qualified in 15 th place, Sin in 57 th place, Guerrero in 19 th, Roumimper in 32 nd. Tan finished the highest of the five, qualifying in 9 th place.

Also receiving votes this month were Walter Ray Williams, Jr. winner of the PBA50 Mooresville Open, presented by Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Storm Bowling, Shannon O’Keefe, winner of the PWBA Twin Cities Open, Joel Carlson, winner of the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes and Entertainment Center Open, presented by Columbia300, Jordan Richard, winner of the PWBA Lincoln Open, Charlene Lim, Singapore women’s winner of the 40 th Malaysian International, and Parker Bohn III, with three top five finishes in the month’s PBA50 tournaments.

Butturff

BUTTURFF MAJORLY MASTERFUL AS IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Arizona, has been unanimously selected as the April 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association

Butturff defeated Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tennessee, 228 - 196, for the USBC Masters title, his first major and sixth overall PBA title.

The television stepladder finals began with fifth-seeded Christopher Sloan, Ireland, ousting fourth-seeded Mitch Hupe`, Canada, 10-9 on a one-ball roll off after tying at 214. The third-seeded Jake Peters, Henderson, Nevada, defeated Sloan, 254-226. In the semifinal, the second-seeded Holliman downed Sloan, 217-199, sending Holliman to the championship match.

Showing the unique nature of the tournament format, four of the top five seeds placed in the top 12 after qualifying. Butturff started from third, Peters seventh, Sloan ninth, and Holliman 12 th. Hupe` qualified in the 33 rd spot.

Also receiving votes this month were Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick and the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Spring Lanes and Radical, Jason Belmonte, winner of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, A.J. Johnson, Team USA, doubles, team, and all-events gold medalist in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Men’s Championships, and Josie Barnes, winner of the Nationwide PWBA Greater Cleveland Open.

Belmonte

BELMONTE’S TENTH MAJOR SEALS FEBRUARY BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Jason Belmonte, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been selected as the February 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association

Belmonte defeated E.J. Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana, 225-196, to win the PBA Tournament of Champions for the third time. It is also his tenth major and 19 th overall PBA career title. The ten major titles ties a PBA record he now shares with the late Earl Anthony.

In the television stepladder finals, fourth seed Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Arizona, outlasted fifth seed Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 190-180. The third seed Tackett downed Blanchard 264-236, and the second seed Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington, 238-192 to set up the final match with the top seed Belmonte.

For the second straight month, a bowler achieved the unique distinction of being the top seed going into the television stepladder finals in three straight tournaments, joining Johnny Petraglia, Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., and in January, Jakob Butturff. The Tournament of Champions was the second of the three tournaments Belmonte was top seed going into the television finals.

Others obtaining votes this month were Norm Duke, winner of the PBA Indianapolis Open, Anthony Simonsen, winner of the PBA Players Championship, E.J. Tackett, runner up in the PBA Tournament of Champions and fourth place in the PBA Players Championship, and Marshall Kent with three top ten finishes in each of the month’s PBA tournaments.

Butturff

BUTTURFF CLOSES THE DEAL FOR JANUARY BOWLER OF THE MONTH

Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Arizona, has been selected as the January 2019 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association

Butturff won the PBA Oklahoma Open defeating Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 267-201, for his fifth career PBA title.

Fourth seeded Dom Barrett, England, began the television stepladder final with a 245-162 victory over fifth seeded Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Florida. The third seeded Svensson defeated Barrett, 267-231, then downed the second seeded Patrick Girard, Canada, 239-218, setting up the title match.

Butturff achieved the unique distinction of being the top seed going into the television stepladder finals each of the last three tournaments, joining Johnny Petraglia, Earl Anthony, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

Also in the month, the Arizona left-hander achieved another unique distinction as the fastest player to win 20 PBA regional titles, winning a PBA Southwest Regional tournament in Lubbock, Texas the week before the PBA Lubbock Sports Open. Since his first regional win on January 31, 2016, Butturff needed just 59 tournaments to secure 20 victories.

Others obtaining votes this month were Kelly Kulick, winner, Women’s Team USA Trials, Bill O’Neill, winner, PBA Hall of Fame Classic, John Janawicz, winner, Men’s Team USA Trials, Sean Rash, winner (with Matt Ogle) of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and runner up of the PBA Lubbock Sports Open, Joonas Jehkinen, winner, 49 th Brunswick Ballmaster Open, and Dick Allen, winner, PBA Lubbock Sports Open.



Past Winners


2018

December - E.J. Tackett
November - Shannon O'Keefe
October - Dom Barrett
September - Maria Jose Rodriguez
August - Jakob Butturff
July - E.J. Tackett
June - Chris Warren
May - Shannon O'Keefe
April - Andrew Anderson
March - Jenny Wegner
February - Matt O'Grady
January - Dom Barrett

2017

December - Danielle McEwan
November - Jason Belmonte
October - Rhino Page
September - Yu Jaeho
August - Liz Johnson
July - Francois Lavoie
June - Liz Johnson
May - Diana Zavjalova
April - Lennie Boresch, Jr.
March - Dom Barrett
February - Jason Belmonte
January - E. J. Tackett

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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


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

Luby Hall of Fame Award

The IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award is given to an individual (living or deceased) who has made a distinguished contribution to bowling in print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage over a period of at least ten years. The IBMA (BWAA/NWBW) has been presenting this award, considered the most prestigious bowling media award, for more than six decades.

The Award is named after the Luby family - Dave, Mort Sr. and Mort Jr. - for their dedication and longevity in the bowling print publication business.

Past winners include:

  • Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) Mort Luby Sr. Distinguished Service Award (1952 – 2007)
  • National Women Bowling Writers (NWBW) Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award (1983 – 2006)

IBMA Hall of Fame inductees also includes the World Bowling Writers (WBW) Hall of Fame Award (1993 – 2012)
WBW Hall of Famers are chosen strictly on the basis of athletic performance. To qualify for consideration, a player must have been amateur and accumulate a minimum of 15 points in any combination of four specifically designated international competitions; the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) adult World Championships; the Bowling World Cup; the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) adult Zone Masters Championships; and the Olympic Games.


2019 Luby Hall of Fame Award Winner

Dan McDonough

Harry Page

As a sportswriter for the San Antonio Express-News from 1970-2007, Harry Page earned more than 50 writing awards, many of them generated by a bowling column that covered everything from local league play to the pro tours. During that span, Page played an active role within the BWAA, helping diversify the group as its first African-American member, served several terms on its Board of Directors and was named Murrey International's Bowling Writer of the Year in 1989. Tragically, Harry passed away on March 5, just hours before IBMA president, Keith Hamilton was able to notify him that he had won the award.


IBMA Luby Hall of Fame recipients

2019 - Harry Page, TX 2018 - Dan McDonough, NY
2017 - Johnny Campos, TX
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


WBW Hall of Fame (1993 - 2013)

Male Recipients

2013 - Osku Palmeraa - Finland
2011 - Raymond Jansonn - Sweden
2010 - Mika Koivuniemi - Finald
2019 - Gery Verbruggen - Belgium
2008 - Bill Hoffman - United States
2007 - Tore Torgersen - Norway
2006 - Tito Reynolds - Mexico
2005 - None
2004 - Anders Ohman - Sweden
2003 - Kaarlo "Kalle" Asukas - Finland
2002 - None
2001 - Gosta Aldeskog - Sweden
2000 - Tomas Leandersson - Sweden
1999 - Les Zikes - United States
1998 - None
1997 - Cheng-Ming Yang - Chinese Taipei
1996 - Ying-Chieh Ma - Chinese Taipei
1994 - Philippe Dubois - France
1994 - Arna Stroem - Norway
1993 - Rafael Nepomuceno - Phillipines

Female Recipients

2013 - Kelly Kulick, United States
2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky, United States
2010 - Kirsten Penny, England
2019 - Clara Guerrero, Colombia
2008 - Ann-Maree Putney, Australia
2007 - Zara Glover, England
2006 - Lynda Barnes, United States
2005 - Diandra Asbaty, United States
2004 - Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia
2003 - Pauline Buck, England
2002 - Eija Krogerus, Finland
2001 - Irma Urrea, Mexico
2000 - Lita dela Rosa, Philippines
1999 - Edda Piccini, Mexico
1998 - Cara Honeychurch, Australia
1997 - Martina Beckel, Germany
1996 - Asa Larsson, Sweden
1994 - Jeanette Baker, Australia
1993 - Olivia Coo, Philippines
1993 - Annette Hagre Johannesson, Sweden

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.


2019 Crowe Meritorious Service Award Winner

Karl Nickolai

Karl Kickolai

Karl Nickolai created the website collegebowling.com in 1997 and has been updating it ever since. The Team Ranking System (which Karl created) is maintained there and updated weekly throughout the season. This Team Ranking System is used by USBC Collegiate when assigning teams to their Sectional qualifier locations. He also maintains pages for each tournament, team and individual. All of the information dating back to 1997 is available on this website. Karl has a listing of players ranked by average and average differential. They are also sorted by all tournaments and Tier 1's (college bowling's major events). These lists are used by the NCBCA, IBMA, NAIA and CTBCA when selecting their All-Americans.


IBMA Alberta Crowe Meritorious Service


2019 - Karl Kickolai
2018 - Ken Lowman, Hollywood, CA
2017 - Robert (Bob) Thomas, Reno, NV
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 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.


2019 Hennessy Award of Merit Winner

Chirs Beard

Chris Beard

Chris Beard served as Secretary of the NWBW for ten years prior to its merger with BWAA to form the IBMA. In 2006, she was elected to the IBMA Board of Directors and served as Vice President from 2014 to 2016. She served as chairperson of the Legislative Committee, the Writing Competition Committee, the Nominating Committee and the USBC Convention Committee. This committee provided her the opportunity to lead the IBMA fund-raising events at the conventions. She has done an outstanding job on every committee she has chaired and an active member of every committee on which she served. During a radio interview, she claimed "I never felt that I ever did anything out of the ordinary to earn this award." Most IBMA voters thought otherwise.


IBMA HENNESSY AWARD OF MERIT RECIPIENTS

2019 - Chris Beard
2018 - none selected
2017 - Joan Romeo, CA & Bill Vint, IL
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

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.


2018 Bowlers of the Year Winners

Jason Belmonte

Andrew Anderson

Liz Johnson

Shannon O'Keefe

Andrew Anderson was the runaway winner for IBMA Male Bowler of the year, easily outdistancing finalists EJ Tackett and Anthony Simonsen with 41 of the 60 votes cast. He was the only one of the three finalists to win a PBA Major (the USBC Masters). Anderson's other title came in the XtraFrame Jonesboro Open. He also led the PBA in points (24,195) and won a gold medal for Team USA in the trios event of the World Bowling Men's Championships.

Shannon O'Keefe was an easy choice for IBMA Female Bowler of the Year, winning two titles, including the USBC Queens, and leading the PWBA in both earnings ($61,925) and points (102,115). She took in 50 of the 62 votes, finishing ahead of runner-up Liz Johnson and third-place finisher Stephanie Johnson. O'Keefe snapped a three-year run by Liz Johnson, who won the honor from 2015-17. Her other PWBA title came in the Sonoma County Open. O'Keefe also claimed the 2018 QubicaAMF World Cup, and won gold medals for Team USA in the trios and doubles events of the Pan American Confederation tournament.



IBMA Male Bowlers of the Year


2018 - Andrew Anderson
2017 - Jason Belmonte, Orange, NWS, Australia
2016 - E.J. Tackett, Huntington, IN
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


2018 - Shannon O'Keefe
2017 - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY
2016 - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY
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.


2018 Senior Bowler of the Year Winner


Norm Duke

MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.

Lucy Sandelin

TISH JOHNSON

MICHAEL HAUGEN JR. and TISH JOHNSON

Michael Haugen Jr. was the clear winner in the balloting this year, besting the 2017 winner Norm Duke and Ron Mohr. Haugen participated in 13 PBA50 events in 2018 with 9 top ten finishes and won the PBA50 BVL Open and PBA50 River City events in route to earning $46,325.00. Haugen also earned 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year.

Tish Johnson earned the IBMA Senior Bowler of the Year for 2018 in a hotly contested race, inching out Jeannie Naccarato and Sharon Powers. Tipping the scale was her championship performance in the 2018 USBC Queens and a third-place finish in the Golden Ladies Classic. Johnson earned $10,300 during the season with a 207.89 average.



IBMA Male Bowlers of the Year


2017 - Norm Duke
2016 - Pete Weber, St Ann, MO
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


2017 - Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, FL
2016 - Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA
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
Presented by Storm Bowling

The IBMA Collegiate Bowler of the Year Award, presented by Storm Bowling, was established in 1987 to recognize and honor a male and female bowler for their outstanding accomplishments in collegiate competition. The award is presented each year during the Intercollegiate Team Championships in April.



2018 Male & Female Winners


Scott Hill
Lindenwood University

Caitlyn Johnson
Webber International University



2017 Male & Female Winners


Nick Pate
Midland University

Sydney Brummett
Wichita State University



2016 Male & Female Winners


Michael Coffey

Michael Coffey
Lindenwood University

Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith
Grand View University



IBMA Male Collegiate Bowlers of the Year


2018 - Scott Hill, Lindewood University
2017 - Nick Pate, Midland University
2016 - Michael Coffey, Lindenwood University
2015 - Michael Tang, San Jose State University
2014 - AJ Johnson, McKendree University
2013 - AJ Johnson, McKendree University
2012 - Marshall Kent, Robert Morris-Illinois
2011 - T.J. Schmidt, Purdue University
2010 - 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


2018 - Caitlyn Johnson, Webber International University
2017 - Sidney Brummett, Wichita State
2016 - Brittany Smith, Grand View University
2015 - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State
2014 - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State
2013 - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State
2012 - Jazreel Tan, Wichita State
2011 - Jazreel Tan, Wichita State
2010 - 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

Writing Competition

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