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Big win puts Anchorage bowler in running for top pro award

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Anchorage professional bowler Sean Rash scored a big win on Sunday in the Professional Bowlers Association's Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

In addition to a big payday, Rash put himself high in the running to be named Player of the Year at the highest level of the sport.

Rash's win, his fifth title since turning pro in 2005, and first in five years, closed the week-long, season-ending event, which featured a field consisting of of the top-ranked players and the winners of each tournament this season. Rash won final match 239-205 over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York.

"This one ranks right up there with the most important titles I've ever won," Rash said in a press release from the PBA. "Your first title is always special, and so is your first major, but this tournament is special because everyone who bowls in it is a champion. The other guys in the finals are all great young players."

The win, worth $80,000 put Rash atop the money leaders board and gave him the top points total for the year. Also in contention for Player of the Year honor are Mike Fagan of Dallas and Jason Belmonte of Australia, who both made it to the finals round in the Tournament of Champions.

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