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It becomes easy to see that high averages have been inflated with the introduction of the high tech bowling ball.  In no way can one assume that the bowler of today can actually shoot any better than those of forty years ago.  The bowling balls of today are on steroids......starting with urethane to the now super reactive resin.  Imagine if those old-timers had the bowling balls that we now take for granted.   It becomes important that we do not become complacent about our ability by assuming that the lack of accuracy can be overcome by the ball's ability to cover area.  Have we allowed the bowling ball to assume the ability that we should ourselves develop?         Tony Campos

Professional Bowlers Association: Annual Average Leaders

Winners receive the George Young Memorial Award.
Year Name Average
1962 Don Carter 212.84
1963 Billy Hardwick 210.35
1964 Ray Bluth 210.51
1965 Dick Weber 211.90
1966 Wayne Zahn 208.66
1967 Wayne Zahn 212.14
1968 Jim Stefanich 211.90
1969 Bill Hardwick 212.96
1970 Nelson Burton, Jr. 214.91
1971 Don Johnson 213.98
1972 Don Johnson 215.29
1973 Earl Anthony 215.80
1974 Earl Anthony 219.39
1975 Earl Anthony 219.06
1976 Mark Roth 215.97
1977 Mark Roth 218.17
1978 Mark Roth 219.83
1979 Mark Roth 221.66
1980 Earl Anthony 218.54
1981 Mark Roth 216.70
1982 Marshall Holman 212.84
1983 Earl Anthony 216.65
1984 Marshall Holman 213.91
1985 Mark Baker 213.72
1986 John Gant 214.38
1987 Marshall Holman 216.80
1988 Mark Roth 218.04
1989 Pete Weber 215.43
1990 Amleto Monacelli 218.16
1991 Norm Duke 218.21
1992 Dave Ferraro 219.70
1993 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 222.98
1994 Norm Duke 222.83
1995 Mike Aulby 225.49
1996 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 225.37
1997 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 222.95
1998 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 226.13
1999 Parker Bohn III 228.04
2000 Chris Barnes 220.93
2001-2002* Parker Bohn III 221.08
2002-2003 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. 224.94
2003-2004 Mika Koivuniemi 222.73
2004-2005 Ray Williams, Jr. 227.07
2005-2006 Norm Duke 224.29
2006-2007 Norm Duke 228.47
* The PBA restructured its annual season in 2001.

Source: Professional Bowlers Association.