Saturday, March 7, 2009

Nolen Bowler of the Month

United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters champion John Nolen of Waterford, Mich., has been named Kegel Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) Bowler of the Month for February, 2009.

Nolen, a 29-year-old right-hander, was the Masters' leading qualifier after 15 games, and emerged from the three-game, double-elimination match play rounds undefeated to advance to the ESPN-televised final. In his national television debut, Nolen defeated 2004 Masters champion Danny Wiseman, 202-193, to win the $60,000 top prize, is first national professional title and a two-year exemption to compete on the PBA Tour.

Earlier in the month, Nolen had finished eighth in the PBA's Denny's Dick Weber Open.

Other nominees garnering significant votes were Norm Duke, who won the PBA Denny's Dick Weber Open in Fountain Valley, Calif.; and Jeff Carter, who ended a 122-event quest for his first title by capturing the PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

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