Throwback Thursday 2/26/15: “Moline’s Johnson receives bowling honor”

“Moline’s Don Johnson, proprietor of the pro shop on 23rd Avenue that bears his name, was recently honored by being named the PBA Midwestern Region’s Senior Bowler of the Year for 2001.

“It was a real honor to receive that award,” the 55-year-old Johnson said. “I knew I had a chance of getting it.

“Bruce Forsland of Arkansas was also in the running, but he finished second. The fact that I beat him in the last tournament of the year probably made the difference.”

Johnson has been a PBA member for 26 years and compiled some impressive finishes in the nine PBA Senior Tournaments held in the Midwest Region last year.

“I won one tournament, had two second place (finishes), two third place, two fifth place, one sixth place and one ninth place in the nine tournaments,” the talented lefty summarized.

“My lone win came at the house in Hoffman Estates, Ill., where Lorrie Nichols is proprietor.”

Johnson has been in the pro shop business for 27 years. He also is co-proprietor with his wife, Anna, in the Trophy World and 23rd Avenue Monograms businesses, located in the same building as Don Johnson’s Pro Shop.

In addition to the PBA Region’s tournaments, Johnson also competed in nine other senior tournaments, most of which were held under the Midwest Senior Bowlers’ Tour banner.

“Of the 18 tournaments I bowled in last season, ninth place was the lowest I ever finished,” he stated.

The selection of who would be named Midwest Senior Bowler of the Year was the responsibility of the region’s tournament director. The famous Dick Weber holds that office, assisted by his son John Weber.

Johnson has yet to receive his award, but expects it will be an attractive plaque. I’m sure he will find a prominent place in his pro shop to display this well-deserved award.”

-Cal Whitmore
The Rock Island Argus
January 27, 2002

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