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-Roth Named Senior Player Of The Year; Mazzanti Earns Rookie Honors

01/16/2002 - PBA Tour
      Seattle, WA -- Four-time PBA Player of the Year Mark Roth, Wall Township, N.J., didn't take long to add PBA Senior Player of the Year to his resume. Following his second full year of PBA Senior Tour competition, Roth has been voted 2002 PBA Senior Player of the Year by his fellow PBA members.

      After leading the tour in earnings despite only competing in seven Senior Tour events, PBA members felt Roth deserved the honor based on his victory in the PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship and the fact that he qualified for match play in every event he entered. He also finished in the top five three times, placed sixth on the point list and seventh in average with 217.33.

      Roth earned the award by gaining 37.6% of the votes cast. Finishing second in the balloting with 21.7% of the vote was reigning two-time PBA Senior Player of the Year Bob Glass. Glass had another outstanding season in 2002, leading the Tour in points and average for the third straight year, but was unable to capture a victory in any of the 10 events he entered (he finished second three times).

      Pete Couture, the only two-time champion during the 2002 Senior Tour season finished third in the race, collecting 17.3% of the vote. Other players receiving votes included Gene Stus, Bob Chamberlain and Ron Winger.

      The Senior Player of the Year honor is yet another accolade for Roth in his already-stellar PBA career. He currently ranks third in career PBA Tour titles, with 34, and still holds the record for most victories in a single season with 8, in 1979. He was also voted PBA Player of the Year in 1977, 78, 79 and 84 and was named PBA Senior Rookie of the Year in 2001. Roth was also inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1987.

      In winning the award, Roth becomes the first player in history to win both the PBA Player and Senior Player of the Year during his career.

      In the PBA Senior Rookie of the Year race, Vince Mazzanti, Levittown, Pa., was an overwhelming selection for 2002. Participating in eight events over the course of the season, Mazzanti led all Senior rookies in earnings, points and match play appearances and compiled the second-highest rookie average at 213.45. He also had the highest finish of the season among rookies, placing second to Pete Couture in the season-ending PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich.

      Mazzanti earned 76.8% of the votes cast to earn the PBA Senior Rookie of the Year honor. Other players receiving consideration for the award included Mike Winklepleck, Bob Handley and Gene Vincent. Mazzanti joins a list of talented players to have won the award, including Pete Couture, Dale Eagle, and Roth, who all have gone on to win PBA Senior Player of the Year honors later in their careers.

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