Sean Rash has been voted 2011-12 PBA Chris Schenkel Player of the Year.
PBA reported in this news release that Rash received 29.04 percent of the Player of the Year votes, Jason Belmonte 26.61 percent, and Mike Fagan 18.32 percent in the closest vote in years. In addition, Pete Weber received 11.89 percent and Norm Duke 10.23 percent.
I am surprised that Fagan's vote total was so low and that Weber and Duke received that many votes, as it seemed to be a very tight three-man race.
Here is the blog I wrote explaining my vote for Rash, although I would have felt a vote for any of the top three was justifiable — it was that close among Rash, Belmonte and Fagan.
“We all had great seasons, but I think winning the TOC put a stamp on it,” Rash said in the release. “I’m a stats guy. When I voted in the past, I voted by the numbers. They don’t lie. If one of those guys had won the TOC, he would have got my vote. I felt a big sign of relief. It meant a lot to have the waiting finally over."
The announcement was made live Monday on PBA’s Xtra Frame webcasting service as a special kickoff to the made-for-television PBA Summer Shootout special event at 10pin bowling lounge in Chicago.