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August 22, 1982
August 22, 1982
Sean Rash (born August 22, 1982) is a right-handed ten-pin bowler from Anchorage, Alaska, and is considered one of the top players on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. He currently has eight PBA titles, two of them major championships, and was the 2011–12 PBA Player of the Year. Rash has rolled two of the PBA's 25 televised perfect 300 games, making him the only PBA player in history with multiple perfect games in the TV finals. He now resides in Montgomery, Illinois with his wife Sara, and his daughter Kaylee. He is a member of the Brunswick pro staff.
Rash joined the PBA in 2005. He holds the distinction of being the first PBA player to ever win a title when starting from the Tour Qualifying Round (TQR), which he accomplished in his rookie season at the 2006 West Virginia Championship (see PBA Bowling Tour: 2005–06 season). He won his first PBA major title at the 2007 USBC Masters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The win gave Rash four titles in his first four television appearances, and seven straight match wins on TV to open his career (one short of the record eight wins set by George Branham III). The streak ended when Rash lost to Norm Duke in the semi-final match of the 2008–09 season-opening PBA World Championship. Rash won the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions for his first championship in five years, and second major title overall. Qualifying as the #1 seed, Rash beat Ryan Ciminelli in the final match 239–205.
Rash led the 2011–12 PBA Tour in average, earnings and points. On May 28, 2012, the PBA announced that Rash had won the 2012 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award in an extremely close vote (Rash received 29% of the vote to Jason Belmonte's 26.6%).
Sean won his sixth and seventh PBA Tour titles in the 2012–13 season, in the WBT Kuwait Open and WBT Thailand Open. He later won an additional $20,000 in the World Bowling Tour finals (contested at the 2013 World Series of Bowling), but this did not count as a PBA title. Sean was the top money winner on Tour for the 2012–13 season, with earnings of $248,317.
Sean has won over $850,000 in his PBA career. He has accumulated 15 perfect 300 games in PBA events through the 2014 season. In the finals of the PBA Wolf Open on May 24, 2014 (broadcast nationally on June 3, 2014), Sean rolled the PBA's 23rd televised 300 game in the opening match. He went on to win the tournament for his 8th PBA title.
On February 15, 2015 Sean bowled a 300 game on ESPN while competing in the Barbasol Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 25th time a perfect game has been bowled in a televised PBA event. This, combined with his his June 2014 perfect game, made him the only bowler in PBA history to have bowled two televised perfect games in PBA competition. He did not, however, go on to win the tournament.
Sean Rash was a highly accomplished bowler before turning pro. His amateur accomplishments included:
Rash also started a tournament in his native Alaska when he was just 13 years old. Frustrated by a lack of scratch tournaments for junior bowlers, he started his own: Sean Rash Stars of the Future. The tournament is in its 18th year as of 2012, and has awarded nearly $25,000 in scholarship money over the years.
|Awards and achievements|
|Best Bowler ESPY Award|
|PBA Player of the Year|