Sean Rash Wins 2012 ESPY for Best Bowler
Sean Rash followed up his 2011-12 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year crown by receiving the 2012 “Best Bowler” ESPY Award during the 20th Annual ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre Wednesday evening.
Rash became the fans’ choice in the bowling category thanks to a 2011-12 Tour season in which the 29-year-old right-hander won the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions for his only title, but had six championship round finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship. Qualifying for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling helped the Alaska native dominate PBA Tour stats where he finished first in average, points and earnings. His Tournament of Champions win was the fifth Tour title of his career.
“This is very special because it’s an award voted on by the fans—bowling fans and sports fans,” said Rash, who now makes his home in the Chicago suburb of Montgomery, Ill. “The fans are why we do what we do—they’re why I get up in the morning.
“Winning the Tournament of Champions, Player of the Year, getting married (to Sara) and winning the ESPY has made it just an unbelievable year,” Rash added. “Even though I had a frustrating start to the season, I had a lot of support from my family, fans, friends and Brunswick and without them I couldn’t have done it.”