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Rash Wins PBA Player of the Year
CHICAGO (AP) -- Sean Rash has won the Professional Bowlers Association's Chris Schenkel Player of the Year award.

Rash, who made a record five consecutive finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was selected over a field of 11 candidates in balloting conducted among his fellow tour competitors and media members.

Rash, from Montgomery, Ill., received 29.04 percent of the votes. Australia's Jason Belmonte got 26.61 percent and Mike Fagan of Dallas 18.32 percent in the closest voting in years. Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., received 11.89 percent and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 10.23 percent to round out the top.

Rash, a 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 finish first in average, points and earnings.

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