Although the season’s big award, PBA Player of the Year, won’t be announced until next month, two players did earn honors after the 2018 PBA Tour season ended last week.
Andrew Anderson earned the Harry Smith Competition Points Leader Award after leading the PBA’s season points list with 24,195.
Anderson won two titles in 2018, including the United States Bowling Congress Masters, and is in contention for PBA Player of the Year, which will be announced after players and media vote on the award this month.
Anthony Simonsen finished second in points with 20,909, while EJ Tackett was third with 19,842. Defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte finished in sixth place this year with 17,469.5 points.
For the fourth time in his career, Belmonte earned the PBA George Young High Average Award after finishing the 2018 season with a 221.38 average for 270 games.
It’s the second straight year Belmonte has won the award. Last year, he set the PBA single-season scoring record with a 229.39 average for 380 games. Belmonte also won the award in 2014 with a 226.71 average and in 2013 with a 228.81 average.
Jakob Butturff finished second in average with 220.79 for 297 games, while Kristopher Prather was third with a 220.60 average for 234 games.
Players must bowl at least 180 games in a season to be eligible for the PBA George Young High Average Award.