Sean Rash
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Sean Rash
Sean Rash
20170820 Sean Rash portrait.jpg
Born (1982-08-22) August 22, 1982 (age 37)
Anchorage, Alaska
Years active1998-present
(Turned pro in 2005)
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Bowling Information
AffiliationPBA
Rookie year2005
Dominant handRight (cranker delivery)
Wins15 PBA Tour (2 majors)
Sponsors900 Global, Vise Grips

Sean Rash (born August 22, 1982) is a right-handed ten-pin bowler originally from Anchorage, Alaska, and is considered one of the top players on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. He currently owns 15 PBA titles, including two major championships, and was the 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year. Rash has rolled two of his 30 career PBA perfect 300 games on television, making him the only player in history with multiple perfect games in the TV finals of a PBA Tour event. He also owns ten PBA Regional Tour titles. He is a member of the 900 Global and Vise Grips pro staffs, being previously sponsored by Brunswick for 17 years.[1]

Before the PBA

Sean Rash was a highly accomplished bowler before turning pro. His amateur accomplishments included:

  • Junior Team USA member in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
  • Won 2002 Junior Olympic Gold Tournament
  • Team USA member in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Was part of the 2004 team that won the World Tenpin Team Cup in The Netherlands.
  • Two-time All-American at Wichita State University (2002 and 2003).
  • Won the 2003 International Bowling Congress (IBC) National Championship, and was runner-up for IBC Bowler of the Year.
  • Won the 2003 USBC Doubles Championship, where he and partner Derek Sapp established an all-time record for pinfall with 1,540 over six games (later broken in 2007 by Jonathan Masur and Jeffrey Butler shooting a 1,544).
  • Bowled as an amateur in the 2003 USBC Masters, his first-ever PBA Tour event, and finished seventh.

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.[2]

PBA career

Sean Rash throws a ball in a game with Area I Soldiers and civilians.

Rash joined the PBA Tour 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. 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.[3]

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%).[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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 June 2014 perfect game, made him the only player in PBA history to have bowled two televised perfect games in PBA Tour events. He did not, however, go on to win the tournament.[7] On October 11, 2015, Rash bowled from the #1 seed position and defeated Hall of Famer Pete Weber in a single-game final to win the PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open for his ninth PBA title.[8]

Sean passed the $1 million mark in career PBA earnings during the 2015 season and stands at over $1.25 million in earnings through 2018. He has accumulated 28 perfect 300 games in PBA events to date (end of 2018 season).[1]

Rash won his 10th PBA title at the PBA Fall Swing Badger Open on September 10, 2016 in Allen Park, Michigan, defeating #1 qualifier Wes Malott in the final match.[9] One day later, Rash won his 11th title in the PBA Detroit Open, defeating top seed Jason Belmonte in the final match.[10]

As one of the top eight money leaders from the start of the 2015 season through the 2017 USBC Masters, Rash was invited to participate in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals in May, 2017. He placed sixth in the event.[11] On August 20, 2017, Rash won his 12th PBA Tour title at the Xtra Frame Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware, defeating reigning PBA Player of the Year E. J. Tackett in the final match.[12]

On January 13, 2019, Rash won his 13th PBA title, teaming with partner Matt Ogle to take the top prize in the Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship.[13] Rash qualified as the #6 seed for the inaugural PBA Tour Playoffs. He made it to the Final Four on June 1, but lost in the semifinal to Bill O'Neill.[14] Rash won his second title of 2019 and 14th overall on August 27 at the PBA Wolf Open. Qualifying as the #3 seed, Rash defeated Kyle Troup in his first match, then rolled back-to-back 257 games against #2 qualifier Norm Duke and top seed Anthony Simonsen to earn the championship.[15] Rash was also recognized as the USBC Cup champion for earning the most points during the nine-event 2019 PBA Summer Swing, which awarded him a $20,000 bonus.[16] He qualified as the #1 seed at the 2019 U.S. Open, but finished runner-up to champion François Lavoie.[17] Rash also won the non-title 2019 PBA China Tiger Cup on November 21, sweeping A.J. Johnson 211-194 and 227-207 in the best-two-of-three final to take the $20,000 top prize.

On January 26, 2020, Rash won his 15th PBA Tour title at the PBA Oklahoma Open. He qualified as the #5 seed for the stepladder finals and won all four matches to win the title, defeating Packy Hanrahan, Jesper Svensson, Brad Miller, and top seed Ryan Ciminelli.[18]

PBA Titles

Major titles in boldface.

1. 2005-06 West Virginia Open (Parkersburg, WV)
2. 2006-07 Beltway Classic (Baltimore, MD)
3. 2006-07 Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Medford, OR)
4. 2007-08 USBC Masters (Milwaukee, WI)
5. 2011-12 PBA Tournament of Champions (Las Vegas, NV)
6. 2012-13 WBT Kuwait Open (Kuwait City)
7. 2012-13 WBT Thailand Open (Bangkok)
8. 2014 PBA Wolf Open (Shawnee, OK)
9. 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open (Council Bluffs, IA)
10. 2016 PBA Badger Open (Allen Park, MI)
11. 2016 PBA Detroit Open (Allen Park, MI)
12. 2017 Storm Xtra Frame Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic (Middletown, DE)
13. 2019 Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship w/Matt Ogle (Shawnee, OK)
14. 2019 FloBowling PBA Wolf Open (Aurora, IL)
15. 2020 PBA Oklahoma Open (Shawnee, OK)

Career statistics

Statistics are through the last complete PBA season.

Season Events Cashes Match Play CRA+ PBA Titles Average Earnings ($)
2005-06 19 12 4 1 1 214.25 55,655
2006-07 20 20 12 2 2 221.29 91,500
2007-08 21 20 13 1 1 217.96 151,500
2008-09 21 21 14 3 0 218.10 67,090
2009-10 19 16 10 3 0 217.60 54,110
2010-11 12 10 7 2 0 217.81 64,930
2011-12 13 12 10 7 1 228.13 140,250
2012-13 30 22 11 7 2 227.36 248,317
2014 20 17 6 3 1 221.40 94,884
2015 26 19 11 3 1 225.16 101,690
2016 27 18 11 3 2 219.36 74,555
2017 22 18 5 2 1 221.65 74,787
2018 30 19 10 1 0 215.26 44,222
2019 31 23 13 7 2 218.41 145,968

+ CRA=Championship Round Appearances

Personal

Rash now resides in Montgomery, Illinois with his wife Sara and their daughters Kaylee and Olivia. The couple is expecting their third child in July, 2020.[18]

Sources

References

  1. ^ a b "Sean Rash PBA bio". pba.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Bragg, Beth (November 13, 2012). "After no off-season, Rash begins defense of PBA Player of Year title". adn.com.
  3. ^ ToC Tournament Results at www.pba.com
  4. ^ Vint, Bill (May 28, 2012). "Sean Rash Wins Closest PBA Player of the Year Contest in Years; Belmonte Second, Fagan Third". www.pba.com.
  5. ^ Schneider, Jerry (January 17, 2014). "Australia's Jason Belmonte Named 2012-13 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year". pba.com.
  6. ^ Vint, Bill (June 3, 2014). "Sean Rash Rolls 300 on His Way to Eighth Career Title in PBA Wolf Open to Kick Off PBA Summer Swing". pba.com. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Vint, Bill (February 15, 2015). "Belmonte Repeats as Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Winner; Rash Rolls Historic 300 Game". pba.com. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Schneider, Jerry (October 11, 2015). "Sean Rash Wins PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open For Ninth Career Tour Title". pba.com. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Schneider, Jerry (October 5, 2016). "Sean Rash Wins PBA Badger Open for Milestone 10th Career Title". pba.com. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Schneider, Jerry (October 12, 2016). "Sean Rash Wins PBA Detroit Open for Back-to-Back Fall Swing Titles". pba.com. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Vint, Bill (June 27, 2017). "Indiana's EJ Tackett Wins Inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals for Third 2017 Title". PBA.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Vint, Bill (August 20, 2017). "Sean Rash Wins 12th Career Title in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic". PBA.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Schneider, Jerry (January 20, 2019). "Rash, Ogle Sweep Stepladder Finals to Win PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship". pba.com. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ Vint, Bill (1 June 2019). "Dark Horse Kris Prather, Veteran Bill O'Neill Advance to PBA Playoffs Championship Match Sunday on FOX". pba.com. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Schneider, Jerry (27 August 2019). "Rash Defeats Simonsen to Win PBA Wolf Open for 14th career Go Bowling! PBA Tour Title". pba.com. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Vint, Bill (31 August 2019). "Jason Sterner Reaps Bonuses with Illinois Open Win; Sean Rash Tops USBC Cup, FloBowling Points Races". pba.com. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Cannizzaro, Matt (October 30, 2019). "Canada's Lavoie Wins 2019 U.S. Open". bowl.com. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ a b Vint, Bill (January 26, 2020). "Sean Rash Rolls Two Near-Perfect Games, Climbs Ladder to Win 15th Title in PBA Oklahoma Open". pba.com. Retrieved 2020.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Australia Jason Belmonte
Best Bowler ESPY Award
2012
Succeeded by
United States Pete Weber
Preceded by
Finland Mika Koivuniemi
PBA Player of the Year
2011-12
Succeeded by
Australia Jason Belmonte

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