DATE NAME
2018 Michael Haugen Jr.
2017 Brian LeClair
2016 Pete Weber
2015 Pete Weber
2014 Norm Duke
2013 Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2012 Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2011 Ron Mohr
2010 Wayne Webb
2009 Ron Mohr
2008 Tom Baker
2007 Tom Baker
2006 Tom Baker
2005 Tom Baker
2004 Bob Glass
2003 Bob Chamberlain
2002 Mark Roth
2001 Bob Glass
2000 Bob Glass
1999 Dale Eagle
1998 Pete Couture
1997 Gary Dickinson
1996 John Handegard
1995 John Handegard
1994 Gary Dickinson
1993 Gary Dickinson
1992 Gene Stus
1991 John Handegard
1990 John Hricsina
1989 Jimmy Certain

Michael Haugen Jr. Earns 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Honors

“To win player of the year was a goal but you never know when it’s going to happen,” said the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year. “As the season went on the confidence was building especially after my second win but all you can do is believe in yourself and hope good things will happen. 

“Like I often say; wash, rinse and repeat,” Haugen said after finishing second in the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic to clinch the title. “My goal was to keep it simple because it puts me in the best position to make the right adjustments and ball choices. I knew if I kept making shows I’d have a good shot at player of the year so I guess the formula worked.”

Haugen ended the PBA50 Player of the Year drama in Anderson, Ind. by boosting his tour-leading competition points total to 28,500 – eliminating Norm Duke (20,014), Ron Mohr (19,721) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (19,027) from contention. All three had mathematical chances to catch Haugen entering last week’s tournament.

By locking up Player of the Year, Haugen became the second player to win PBA50 ROY and POY honors in consecutive years, joining Mark Roth who accomplished the feat in 2001 and ’02. Duke and Tom Baker are the only two to win ROY and POY in the same year. A handful of others have won both awards, but not in the same or consecutive years.