Andrew Anderson Named PBA Player Of The Year
AUSTIN, Texas – Second-year Professional Bowlers Association member Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., has been selected as the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.
Anderson will be recognized on national television during the PBA Clash telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Through the advancements in technology, Anderson had just de-planed in Hong Kong, where he will bowl with Team USA in the World Bowling Men’s Championships later this week, and was able to watch PBA CEO & Commissioner Tom Clark announce on FloBowling that he had won the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. Anderson immediately send Clark a note:
“I sat in the airport after getting off before going through customs or anything to have WiFi,” Anderson noted. “Thank you so much. I had two agents asked if I was okay because I had tears in my eyes at the airport so that’s embarrassing. Really appreciate the way you explained my year, quote the heartbreak in Indy (where he was bypassed in the PBA League selection process), but could only go up from there.”
Anderson, a 23-year-old right-hander who is still pursuing a degree in elementary education, returned to Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition in 2018 highly motivated after not being selected to participate in the PBA League Elias Cup competition and won a pair of titles: the United States Bowling Congress Masters (his first major) and the Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open on his way to winning the 2018 Harry Smith PBA Points Leader award. He cashed in 16 of the 19 events he entered and had five top-five finishes, including a third-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions. He is the second-youngest player ever to win the award, behind only the late Billy Hardwick who was 22 when he was selected as PBA’s first Player of the Year in 1963.