Columbia 300 News
SANDELIN, WEBER NAMED IBMA SENIOR BOWLERS OF THE YEAR
ARLINGTON, Texas - International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) President Joan
Romeo announced Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, FL, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO, have been
elected Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2013 by a vote of members of the bowling
Sandelin garnered 210 points in a 5-3-1 voting system with 5 points being given
for a first place vote. She received 36 first place votes. "This is something I've
been working toward all year," said Sandelin. "I'm thrilled to achieve this honor."
Sandelin won the USBC Senior Queens tournament and was runner-up in the BPAA Senior
Women's US Open. She also earned a gold medal in the WTBA Senior Open as well as
a silver and two bronze. Sandelin competed in a PBA50 event earlier in the year
in Florida where she finished in the top 16 of the senior men's event after qualifying
for match play in third place. She was also Senior Bowler of the Year in 2008.
Runner-up for Woman Senior Bowler of the Year was Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs,
CO, with 170 points and 18 first place votes. Paula Vidad, Sun City, CA, the 2011
Senior Bowler of the Year, was a distant third with 65 points and three first place
votes. Johnson was the winner of the Golden Ladies tournament and Vidad captured
the BPAA Senior Women's US Open title.
Weber won Male Senior Bowler of the Year honors by the slimmest margin ever with
a one point victory (175-174) over Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, FL, who was
the 2012 Senior Bowler of the Year. Amleto Monacelli, Barquismeto, Venezuela, was
a distant third in the balloting.
Weber was the winner of the USBC Senior Masters as well as one other PBA50 tour
event, an outstanding record for only participating in 6 of the 11 PBA50 events.
He ranked first in average, second in earnings, and sixth in points on the PBA50
tour but he also had a stellar year on the regular PBA tour, winning the Barbasol
Tournament of Champions, and finishing third in the PBA World Championship as well
as the BPAA US Open, the Lucas Oil event and the Cheetah event. At the age of 51
he posted the fourth highest average on the regular PBA tour.