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Johnson, New earn 2016 PWBA Player, Rookie of the Year awards

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., claimed her second consecutive PWBA Player of the Year award while Singapore’s New Hui Fen earned enough competition points to secure 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year.

Johnson (pictured above), who led the Tour in points, earnings and tied for the lead in championship-round appearances. Johnson became the first player since Wendy Macpherson in 2000 to win the award in consecutive years. She won two events this season, the PWBA Las Vegas Open and her fifth career U.S. Women’s Open title.

2016PWBARookieoftheYearNewHuiFenNew (right) entered the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship needing to defeat fellow rookie Jennifer Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, in the opening round of match play and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, in Round 2, to secure enough points to win the award.

New defeated Higgins, 3-2, and McEwan, 3-1, and went on to win the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship for her first PWBA title, which also was a major. She is the first international rookie of the year since Australia’s Cara Honeychurch in 2000.

2016PWBALogoThe 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, which was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years, featured 10 regular-season events, four “majors” and stops from coast to coast.

The 2016 PWBA schedule kicked off April 28 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open at Texas Station and concluded with the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship finals on September 4 in Midlothian, Virginia.

2016 PWBA Champions:
3 – Shannon O’Keefe
2 – Liz Johnson
Rocio Restrepo
1 – Cherie Tan
Bernice Lim
Danielle McEwan
Clara Juliana Guerrero
Bryanna Cotè
Josie Earnest
New Hui Fen

2016 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016USBCWCLizJohnson2016 PWBA Tour #01
PWBA Las Vegas Open
Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (April 28 – May 1, 2016)
Champion: Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

2016PWBATour02ShannonOKeefe2016 PWBA Tour #02
Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open
Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., United States (May 5-8, 2016)
Champion: Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill.

2016PWBATour03CherieTan22016 PWBA Tour #03
PWBA Storm Sacramento Open
Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., United States (May 12-15, 2016)
Champion: Cherie Tan of Singapore

2016USBCQueensBerniceLim52016 PWBA Tour #04
USBC Queens (major)
The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (May 20-26, 2016)
Champion: Bernice Lim of Singapore

2016PWBA05DanielleMcEwan.jpg2016 PWBA Tour #05
PWBA Wichita Open
Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., United States (June 2-5, 2016)
Champion: Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.

2016PWBA06ShannonOKeefe32016 PWBA Tour #06
Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open
Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., United States (June 9-12, 2016)
Champion: Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill.

2016PWBA07RocioRestrepo32016 PWBA Tour #07
PWBA Greater Detroit Open
Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., United States (June 16-19, 2016)
Champion: Rocio Restrepo of Colombia

2016PWBA08ClaraGuerrero2016 PWBA Tour #08
Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship (major)
The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., United States (June 23-26, 2016)
Champion: Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia

2016PWBA09BryannaCote_small2016 PWBA Tour #09
PWBA Lexington Open
Collins Bowling Center in Eastland, Lexington, Ky., United States (June 30 – July 3, 2016)
Champion: Bryanna Cotè of Red Rock, Ariz.

2016PWBA10JosieEarnest_small2016 PWBA Tour #10
PWBA Rochester Open
AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester, N.Y., United States (July 7-10, 2016)
Champion: Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tenn.

2016PWBA11RocioRestrepo_small2016 PWBA Tour #11
PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open
Seminole Lanes in St. Petersburg, Fla., United States (July 14-17, 2016)
Champion: Rocio Restrepo of Colombia

2016PBA10ShannonOKeefeBillONeill2016 PWBA Tour #12
PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles
Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, United States (July 29-31, 2016)
Champions: Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill.,
and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.


2016PWBA13LizJohnson22016 PWBA Tour #13
U.S. Women’s Open (major)
The Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill., USA (Aug. 1-7, 2016)
Champion: Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

2016PWBA14NewHuiFenTrophySponsors2016 PWBA Tour #14
Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship (major)
Uptown Alley in Midlothian, Va., USA (Sept. 1-4, 2016)
Champion: New Hui Fen of Singapore

Author: Herbert Bickel
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