IBMA elects Williams Jr., Romeo as Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2012


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    201213PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgThe International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) has elected Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif. as Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2012.

    Williams Jr. (pictured right) won two senior Professional Bowlers Association titles and had three other top five finishes in nine events. He was runner-up in the Senior U.S. Open and ranked first in money earnings and average. Williams Jr. earned $35,900 and averaged 233.41 for the season and captured his first PBA Senior Player of the Year crown.

    He garnered 310 points in the balloting to outstrip candidates Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., and Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich. by almost 200 points. Williams Jr. was also 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year, winning the first senior event he entered.

    2012USBCSQRobinRomeo.jpgRomeo (left) was crowned champion in the inaugural Senior Women's U.S. Open, finished second in the Golden Ladies and seventh in the USBC Senior Queens. She also won the Triple Crown Shootout, a special event for the top ten women who bowled all three of the aforementioned events.

    Romeo was the top point getter in the election by more than 170 points, outdistancing 2010 Senior Bowler of the Year winner Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M. and 2008 Senior Bowler of the Year Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Fla. Romeo had previously been Senior Bowler of the Year in 2009.

    "It's the best I've bowled in a long time," said Romeo of her outstanding year. "I knew it was close between Dana and myself and I was just hoping I would get the honor. I surprised myself this past year and it was very exciting."

    Candidates for Senior Bowler of the Year must be 50 years of age by January 1 of the year of competition. The IBMA instituted the male award in 1993 and began the female award in 2000.