2001 All-America Teams Announced
02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
Getting off to a fast start was a key in helping Parker Bohn III win honors as honorary captain of the 2001 Bowling Magazine All-America team by the slimmest possible margin.
Bohn captured his seventh consecutive first-team All-America berth by a single point over Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. In the voting, first-team votes are worth three points and second-team votes are worth one point. Bohn, a left-hander from Jackson, N.J., received one more first-team vote than Williams, but two less second-team votes.
Joining Bohn and Williams on the first team were: Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.; Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; and Chris Barnes, Dallas.
Second-team members are Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Patrick Healey Jr., Mexico City; Mike Aulby, Indianapolis; and Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y.
Leading the eighth annual Senior All-America team was 2001 American Bowling Congress Senior Masters champion Bob Glass. He added three other titles to become only the third player to win four Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour titles in one year. The right-hander from Lawrence, Kan., led the Senior Tour in average (223.19), championship round appearances (10) and cashed in every one of the 13 tournaments he entered.
Joining Glass on the Senior All-America Team were: Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla.; Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla.; Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich.; and Mark Roth, Wall Township, N.J.
Bohn got his 2001 campaign off to a fast start, winning the National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles with Rohn Morton. He then became the first player to win a tournament named in his own honor, the Parker Bohn III Empire State Open. But the highlight of Bohn's year had to be the prestigious ABC Masters, the first major victory of his career. Bohn led the 2001 Tour in wins (3), cashes (18) and match play appearances (18).
Williams won the first "major" of the season at the PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio, and later captured the Greater Cincinnati Open under the PBA's new single-elimination match play format. His $144,500 for the first 20 tournaments was tops on tour, although prize money is not considered as criteria in the All-America balloting.
Couch, second to Bohn in the Masters, led the PBA Tour in average with 221.49 and cashed in 17 of 19 events. He won his only title of the year in The Villages, Fla.
Weber had to be the most dangerous player in the second half. His near perfect performances led to a pair of victories in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Louisville, Ky. Barnes, a first-teamer for the past two seasons, returns for the third straight year. He picked up career victory No. 3 in Nashville, Tenn., and ranked third in average with 218.25.
Shafer was among the top 10 in PBA points, average and earnings. Koivuniemi made a return appearance on the strength of his win in the U.S. Open. Healey, runner-up to Koivuniemi in the U.S. Open, had a consistent year, but still is looking for his first PBA title. Aulby won his first title since 1998 in Daly City, Calif. Delutz made the match play finals in every event under the new PBA format and picked up his second title in Long Island, N.Y.
Chamberlain and Roth both made the Senior All-America team for the first time. Eagle returned to the Senior All-America team after a one-year absence, while Neff made his third consecutive appearance on the Senior team.
The 46th annual All-America team was announced in the March issue of Bowling Magazine.
Dorin-Ballard Near Unanimous Choice For WIBC Honorary Captain Position
02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
One of the best seasons in professional women's bowling history has provided Carolyn Dorin-Ballard with another honor for 2001.
The North Richland Hills, Texas, right-hander missed by only two votes being a unanimous choice as honorary captain of the 2001 Women's International Bowling Congress All-America team.
Dorin-Ballard, who earlier was named Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year and Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Year, earned her first captaincy in the 28th annual voting.
She was selected first team on 72 of 74 ballots returned by writers, broadcasters and WIBC officials. She totaled 218 points based on three points for first-team votes and one point for second-team votes.
Dorin-Ballard won a record-tying seven events including the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens and Brunswick World Open. She cashed in all 23 events and had two second-place finishes, seven thirds, one fourth and two fifths. She led the PWBA in average with 214.73. She also was a member of WIBC Tournament Classic team champion The Replacements.
It marked Dorin-Ballard's fifth consecutive first-team All-America appearance. Joining her on the first team were: Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Cara Honeychuch, Eltham Victoria, Australia; Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif.
Johnson, the 1993 and 1994 U.S. Amateur Champion, collected her third first-team All-America spot. She won four events, including the Hammer Players Championship. She added five other top five finishes and had the second best average with 212.41. She had 63 first-team and 9 second-team votes for 198 points.
Honeychurch made the first team for the first time after securing a second-team position in her rookie year of 1999. She earned 58 first-team and 12 second-team votes for 186 points. She won four events, had three seconds and two thirds and finished third in average at 212.36 while cashing in 21 of 23 events.
Macpherson, the honorary captain in 2000 and in four of the previous five years, earned her sixth first-team selection. She won one title and had five seconds, including runner-up at the U.S. Open. She cashed in all 23 events and was fourth in average with 212.36. She was named on 50 first-team and 22 second-team ballots for 172 points.
Barrette collected her seventh first-team All-America spot. She won two events and had six other top five finishes including third in the U.S. Open. She cashed in 21 of 23 events and had a 210.42 average, fifth best for the year. She finished with 50 first-team and 22 second-team votes for 172 points.
Selected to the second team were: Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y.; Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif.; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; and Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla.
Feldman won two events and finished second in four others including the Hammer Players Championship and Brunswick World Open.
Terrell won the U.S. Open, was third at the WIBC Queens and had five other top five finishes.
Kulick had a strong rookie season with a second place in the WIBC Queens, fifth places in the U.S. Open, Hammer Players Championship and Brunswick World Open and six other top five finishes.
Pluhowsky won the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship and Junior Gold National Championship to become the first female to win both events. The 2000-01 Collegiate Bowler of the Year and Rookie of the Year also was a member of the University of Nebraska team that won the women's Intercollegiate Bowling Championships title.
Duggan had four top five finishes and cashed in 22 of 23 events.
The WIBC All-America teams will be presented in May during the WIBC Queens in Milwaukee.
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