FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The PBA issued a press release on Friday announcing its PBA Regional award winners, and while led by bowler Jakob Butturff one local person also walked away with some much deserved recognition.
Butturff retained his Northwest Region Player of the Year honors with a title and three seconds in the four tournaments he competed in. Butturff also won PBA Regional titles in the Central, Midwest and West regions while running his career titles total to 19 by the end of the year.
Locally Freeport, Illinois’ big winner was Jeff Johnson who won Senior Player of the Year honors after posting four top-five finishes, including one title, in eight events.
“It was quite a season highlighted with a Midwest PBA50 title in Omaha”, Johnson said on his Facebook page. “From all the PBA50 National stops starting in June in Las Vegas with the Masters, followed by the US Open, the rest of the National stops and sprinkling in every “old guy” regional stops (and a young guy stop or two) along the way… it was a event-filled season.”
Award winners were selected by the PBA’s regional managers: Russ Mills, East Region; Sam Zurich, South Region; Bobby Jakel, Central Region; recently-retired Rich Weber, Midwest Region; Pete McCordic, Southwest Region, and Gary Mage, West and Northwest Regions.
Here’s a summary of the 2018 PBA Regional Award winners in the Midwest:
MIDWEST – PBA Tour player AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., retained the PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year award after a first-, second- and third-place season. Chicago’s Dakota Vostry won Rookie of the Year honors, cashing in six of 11 events with a season-best fifth-place finish. Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill., won Senior Player of the Year honors after posting four top-five finishes, including one title, in eight events. Kevin Kullman of Lockport, Ill., repeated as the Midwest’s Pat Patterson Award recipient.
The PBA’s regional program, founded in 1970, provides bowlers with a proving ground to develop their skills in high-level competition against some of the sport’s established stars. The PBA Regional program annually conducts roughly 150 events across the nation and in its Japan Region.
View Johnson’s PBA profile here.