ARLINGTON, Texas – Five men, five women and five senior bowlers have been honored as US Bowler All-Americans for 2011.
After winning three titles along with multiple other Top-10 finishes on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour in 2011, Jason Belmonte of Australia was the leading vote-getter. Voters for the All-America teams used statistics from the calendar year 2011 to make their decisions.
Joining Belmonte on the men’s All-America team are Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa.
US Bowler, the official membership publication of the USBC, also recognizes five women and five senior All-Americans.
Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., was the women's top vote-getter for the second consecutive year. Kulick won four medals for Team USA in international competition in 2011, finished second at the U.S. Women’s Open and 13th at the USBC Queens.
Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., join Kulick on the women's team.
For the seniors, Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, topped the ballots after winning four Senior PBA Tour titles and finishing in the Top 5 in five other events.
Joining Mohr on the senior All-America team is Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., Tom Baker of King, N.C., Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., and Dale Eagle of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
The US Bowler All-America teams are selected in voting by a national panel of bowling journalists, USBC Hall of Famers and USBC association leaders. Each All-American will be presented with a customized plaque.