PBA50 Player of the Year Award
|2018||Michael Haugen Jr.|
|2013||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|2012||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
Michael Haugen Jr. Earns 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Honors
Michael Haugen Jr. had to work hard for his runner-up finish earning the last position in the cashers round and then advanced through two match play rounds to earn the No. 2 qualifying position for the finals.
“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.