Johnson, Rash named BWAA Kegel Top Bowlers for October


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    2007PITLizJohnson.jpg History was made in October when for the first time the Bowlers Writers Association of America selected co-winners. Liz Johnson and Sean Rash shared the BWAA Kegel Bowler of the Month award.

    Johnson (left), Cheektowaga, N.Y., won the U.S. Women's Open Oct. 14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. by defeating Shannon O'Keefe, 248-215. The victory was her 12th national title.

    The following week, Johnson rolled the highest three-game series (843) in the 2007 USBC Masters in Milwaukee. She finished in the 13-16th place bracket, the highest of the 17 women entered, and also the highest finish by any woman entered in previous Masters.

    2006SeanRash.jpg Rash (right), Wichita, Kan., won the 2007 USBC Masters Oct. 28 at Miller Park by defeating Steve Jaros, 269-245. The victory kept Rash's TV record perfect with a 7-0 mark in televised match play.

    The Masters was Rash's first major, and fourth title. He bested 485 entrants and earned $100,000 plus a two-year exemption on the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association tour.

    Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill., who rolled a 290 game and 814 series during the televised final rounds of the Masters before losing to Rash, received support in October.

    Also considered was Team America (Tim Mack, Bill Hoffman, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Doug Kent) which won the eighth annual Weber Cup, described as "The Ryder Cup” of bowling when a United States team bowls against Team Europe. Coming from a virtually insurmountable four-point deficit, the team won seven of the next eight points to win the cup, defending last year's victory.