Kent chosen player of year, Oatman top rookie

SEATTLE — Doug Kent has been named the Professional Bowlers Association player of the year, the league announced Monday.

Billy Oatman won the rookie honor and Richard Wolfe was the sportsmanship winner.

Kent earned the top player award for the first time in his 18-year career. He captured two titles in a season for the first time and led the tour with a career-best $200,530 in season earnings.

Both of Kent's wins were majors, making him just the sixth bowler in history to win two majors the same season. He won the Masters and the World Championship.

Norm Duke was second and Pete Weber third.

The 41-year-old Oatman became the first African-American and the oldest bowler in history to earn the rookie award, surpassing C.K. Moore, who was 39 when he won in 1996. Oatman led all rookies in points — finishing 37th to regain exempt status for 2007-08. He also led the rookies in earnings ($46,145) and match-play appearances (seven). He finished second among rookies with a 216.14 average.

Andrew Cain was second and Edward VanDaniker Jr. finished third.

The player and rookie awards were voted on by PBA members and the media.

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