Australia's Jason Belmonte wins second consecutive PBA Player of the Year Award


    PBA Awards

    Marshall Kent is Rookie of Year; Brett Spangler wins Nagy Sportsmanship Award, Missy Parkin receives Reyes Community Service Award

    2014PBAAwardWinners.jpgWith another outstanding record in 2014 PBA Tour major championships, Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte picked up where he left off in 2012-13 to earn his second consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award.

    Belmonte, along 2014 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Brett Spangler of Niles, Ohio, and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., were recognized during a presentation webcast live on PBA's Xtra Frame online bowling channel Monday in advance of the PBA Players Championship/Mark Roth–Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship preliminary rounds which get underway Tuesday at AMF Bowlero in suburban Milwaukee.

    2014PBA01JasonBelmonte.jpg 2014PBAPlayerofthe YearJasonBelmonte.jpgAn overwhelming winner in balloting among his fellow competitors and a panel of veteran bowling journalists over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., Belmonte won three PBA Tour titles in 2014 including back-to-back majors in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions (right) and 64th USBC Masters.

    He also won the PBA Oklahoma Open during the Grand Casino Resort Summer Swing, and led the PBA Tour in earnings ($163,788), average (226.71) and competition points (136,454).

    Belmonte is the only two-handed player to win the PBA Player of the Year award. He joined Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli (1989 and '90) as the second international player to win PBA Player of the Year honors in back-to-back years, and he joined Monacelli and Finland's Mika Koivuniemi as the third foreign-born player to win PBA's highest annual honor.

    Belmonte is the sixth player to win the POY award in consecutive years. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Earl Anthony (twice) and Mark Roth all won the honor three years in a row.

    During the 2014 season, Belmonte defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, with a strike on his last shot to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by a single pin in January at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., 219-218.

    A month later, he defeated top qualifier EJ Tackett of Huntingon, Ind., 221-177, to become the third player to win back-to-back Masters titles, joining Hall of Famers Billy Welu (1964 and 1965) and Dick Hoover (1956 and 1957) in that exclusive club.

    The 31-year-old Australian then won four straight matches on a demanding Bear lane condition to win the Oklahoma Open, defeating Tackett in the title match, 193-145, for his 10th career title.

    "The PBA boasts the best bowlers in the world and we aspire to be the best of the best," Belmonte said. "To be standing here, holding this award again, is very special.

    "I don't put myself in the category of the other guys who have won Player of the Year back-to-back," he added, "but one day I hope I can join that elite group.

    "I also want to thank the haters," Belmonte said of those who criticize his two-handed style. "It seems like the more you hate, the better I bowl, so keep it up."

    2014KIOMarshallKent.jpg 2014PBARookieoftheYearMarshallKent.jpgMarshall Kent, one of the Tour's top young stars at age 23, won the 8th Kingdom of Saudi Arabia International Open (right) in December for first PBA Tour title.

    He defeated Sweden's Martin Larsen, 257-206, in championship match. Prior to joining the PBA in the summer of 2014, Kent won the 11th Brunswick Euro Challenge (right) in Munich, Germany, as an amateur.

    Kent, a former collegiate star at Robert Morris-Illinois University, also finished fourth in the PBA Badger Open, his first television appearance as a PBA member, losing to Brian Valenta in the second stepladder match, 236-165.

    He dominated PBA rookies for the season, earning $32,528 and averaging 217.03 in only a half season as a professional.

    "(Winning Rookie of the Year) was the main goal when I joined and to be able to accomplish that feels great," Kent said. "It's an honor and a privilege, and to get my first title, too, makes it even better. It was just in time for me to bowl in the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions."

    2014PBASteveNagyAwardBrettSpangler.jpgAlso during the Xtra Frame webcast, PBA awarded its prestigious Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award, selected by PBA Tour players, to Brent Spangler of Niles, Ohio. The 33-year-old, nine-year PBA member has gained the respect and admiration of his fellow competitors not only on the lanes, but for his help as a representative for MOTIV bowling balls.

    "Winning (the Nagy award) was a surprise. Actually, being nominated was a surprise," Spangler said.

    "I've worked really hard on my physical game in order to become competitive, but the thing I really wanted to do when I came out on tour was to exemplify the principles I believe in – being nice to other people, earning respect, that kind of thing. I guess at least some people took notice."

    In Nagy voting among PBA Tour players, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., and four-time Nagy winner Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., tied for second place behind Spangler. Established in 1966, the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award is named after the late PBA Hall of Famer and founding members of the PBA. A colorful and talented performer, Nagy made such an impact on his fellow pros that the award was established shortly after his death.

    2014PBATonyReyesAwardMissyParkin.jpgMissy Parkin, a three-time PBA Regional titlist, earned the second Tony Reyes Award which recognizes a PBA member for outstanding community service, charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of a PBA Tour season.

    The first woman to join the PBA when the opportunity became available in 2004, Parkin was recognized largely for her work in organizing the Baby Reesa Foundation fundraiser which supports families with children born with Krabbe Disease and has raised more than $20,000.

    Parkin is a staunch supporter of the sport, serving as a volunteer USA Bowling and Junior Gold instructor. She regularly donates her time organizing other charity bowling tournaments.

    She also provides autographed jerseys, bowling balls and photos that are auctioned for charities such as BVL, Ronald McDonald Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

    "I'm very surprised," Parkin said. "Just the fact that the award is named after Tony makes it very special. He was a special guy. His smile would light up any room he walked into. To receive an award named for him is such an honor."

    The Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award is named after the popular PBA Tour titlist who died in September 2012 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno, Calif. Parker Bohn III was the first Tony Reyes award recipient in 2014.


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    2014 - Jason Belmonte
    2012-13 - Jason Belmonte
    2011-12 - Sean Rash
    2010-11 - Mika Koivuniemi
    2009-10 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    2008-09 - Wes Malott
    2007-08 - Chris Barnes
    2006-07 - Doug Kent
    2005-06 - Tommy Jones
    2004-05 - Patrick Allen
    2003-04 - Mika Koivuniemi
    2002-03 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    2001-02 - Parker Bohn III
    2000 - Norm Duke
    1999 - Parker Bohn III
    1998 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    1997 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    1996 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    1995 - Mike Aulby
    1994 - Norm Duke
    1993 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    1992 - Dave Ferraro
    1991 - David Ozio
    1990 - Amleto Monacelli
    1989 - Amleto Monacelli
    1988 - Brian Voss
    1987 - Marshall Holman
    1986 - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    1985 - Mike Aulby
    1984 - Mark Roth
    1983 - Earl Anthony
    1982 - Earl Anthony
    1981 - Earl Anthony
    1980 - Wayne Webb
    1979 - Mark Roth
    1978 - Mark Roth
    1977 - Mark Roth
    1976 - Earl Anthony
    1975 - Earl Anthony
    1974 - Earl Anthony
    1973 - Don McCune
    1972 - Don Johnson
    1971 - Don Johnson
    1970 - Nelson Burton Jr.
    1969 - Billy Hardwick
    1968 - Jim Stefanich
    1967 - Dave Davis
    1966 - Wayne Zahn
    1965 - Dick Weber
    1964 - Bob Strampe
    1963 - Billy Hardwick


    Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Award winners

    2014 - Marshall Kent
    2013 - E.J. Tackett
    2012 - Josh Blanchard
    2011 - Scott Norton
    2010 - Anthony LaCaze
    2009 - Jason Belmonte
    2008 - Rhino Page
    2007 - Billy Oatman
    2006 - Bill O'Neill
    2005 - Not awarded
    2004 - Chris Johnson
    2003 - Brad Angelo
    2002 - * Tommy Jones
    2000 - Joe Ciccone
    1999 - Paul Fleming
    1998 - Chris Barnes
    1997 - Anthony Lombardo
    1996 - C.K. Moore
    1995 - Billy Myers Jr.
    1994 - Tony Ament Jr.
    1993 - Mark Scroggins
    1992 - Jason Couch
    1991 - Ricky Ward
    1990 - Brad Kiszewski
    1989 - Steve Hoskins
    1988 - Rick Steelsmith
    1987 - Ryan Shafer
    1986 - Marc McDowell
    1985 - Tom Crites
    1984 - John Gant
    1983 - Toby Contreras
    1982 - Mike Steinbach
    1981 - Mark Fahy
    1980 - Pete Weber
    1979 - Mike Aulby
    1978 - Joseph Groskind
    1977 - Steve Martin
    1976 - Mike Berlin
    1975 - Guy Rowbury
    1974 - Cliff McNealy
    1973 - Steve Neff
    1972 - Tommy Hudson
    1971 - Tye Critchlow
    1970 - Denny Krick
    1969 - Larry Lichstein
    1968 - Bob McGregor
    1967 - Mike Durbin
    1966 - Bobby Cooper
    1965 - Jim Godman
    1964 - Jerry McCoy


    Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner

    2014 - Brett Spangler
    2013 - Ryan Shafer
    2012 - Martin Larsen
    2011 - Jack Jurek
    2010 - George Lambert IV
    2009 - Ryan Shafer
    2008 - Riga Kalfas
    2007 - Richard Wolfe
    2006 - Jack Jurek
    2005 - Jason Queen
    2004 - Tim Criss
    2003 - Jason Queen
    2002 - * Justin Hromek
    2000 - Justin Hromek
    1999 - Justin Hromek
    1998 - Tim Criss, Butch Soper
    1997 - Rick Steelsmith
    1996 - Curtis Odom
    1995 - Mike Aulby
    1994 - Mike Aulby
    1993 - Parker Bohn III
    1992 - Parker Bohn III
    1991 - Parker Bohn III
    1990 - Parker Bohn III
    1989 - Dave Husted
    1988 - Dave Husted
    1987 - Steve Martin
    1986 - Steve Martin
    1985 - Steve Martin
    1984 - Jim Pritts Jr.
    1983 - Rich Gradley
    1982 - Sam Zurich
    1981 - Tom Baker
    1980 - Tom Baker
    1979 - Alvin Lou
    1978 - Gil Silker
    1977 - Don Johnson
    1976 - Tommy Hudson