South Dakota's Ricky Beck elected PBA Senior Rookie of the Year


    PBA Senior Tour Awards

    Ray Randall of Dearborn, Mich., earns Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award

    2011PBASRickyBeck.jpgWith the help of three top-10 finishes, Ricky Beck (pictured) of Box Elder, S.D., was elected as the 2011 Professional Bowlers Association Senior Rookie of the Year.

    Beck, who is retired from the Air Force, finished sixth in the Senior Dayton Classic, eighth in the Senior Northern California Classic and 10th in the PBA Senior Decatur Open.

    "It was always a dream of mine to compete on the PBA Tour but because of my Air Force commitments it wasn't possible," said the 50-year-old Beck. "Since I retired, competing on the Senior Tour was a golden opportunity.

    "Winning Rookie of the Year is a huge boost in confidence. Generally I'm pretty comfortable with my game and will continue to work hard for better seasons in the future."

    Beck, who owns one Senior Regional title, was also the 2010-11 PBA Midwest Region Senior Rookie of the Year. He has won several armed forces titles while in the Air Force and was a member of the All-Air Force bowling team. He was also a TEAM USA alternate in 1992.

    Other players receiving votes for Senior Rookie of the Year were Randy Petersen, Carrington, N.D.; Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa.; Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich.; Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Mike Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y.; Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich.; Don Hicks, W. Babylon, N.Y.; David Goldenberg, Lake Grove, N.Y.; Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, and Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla.

    Ray Randall of Dearborn, Mich. won the Senior Tour's Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award. The 68-year-old former Air Force veteran and retired design engineer for Ford Motor Co. has been competing regularly on the Senior Tour since 1996.

    "This is a great honor and especially meaningful for me because Dick was a friend of mine," Randall said. "I'm not bowling as well as I used to but I still enjoy bowling against the best. I enjoy competing even when I'm not bowling well."


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