UPDATE: Senior Tour Great John Hricsina Passes Away

by Bob Johnson 0

Jerry Schneider
Professional Bowlers Association


Bowlers Journal has just learned of the passing of John Hricsina, one of the great bowlers in the history of the PBA Senior Tour (now the PBA50 Tour).

We'll have more information later, and in the September issue of BJI.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: The Professional Bowlers Association has provided the following details on the passing of John Hricsina, and his PBA Tour career:

The PBA has learned that seven-time PBA50 Tour champion and 1990 PBA50 Player of the Year, John Hricsina of Franklin, Pa., died Monday at age 77.

Hricsina competed in 193 PBA50 (Senior Tour) events, making 48 television appearances and compiling nearly $394,000 in career earnings.  In addition to his seven PBA50 Tour wins, he also won five PBA50 regional titles.

Hricsina’s Player-of-the-Year season included one title (St. Charles AMF Bobcat Open), but in 1993 he recorded his only multiple-win season, claiming two titles (Canadian Senior Open and Rocky Mountain Senior Open).  His last PBA Tour win came in the 1998 Showboat Vermont PBA Senior Classic, in which he tied Pete Couture in the championship match 215-215 and then went on to win the sudden-death roll-off 10-9.

Other notable accomplishments during his PBA50 career included becoming one of seven players to bowl a 300 game in a championship round when he defeated Avery LeBlanc, 300-213, in the second match of the 1996 Reno Open.  He finished third in the tournament, losing to eventual winner, Pete Couture, 205-189 in the semifinal.

He also bowled four 300 games during the 1991 season, which is a record he holds with three other players.

Additional details regarding his passing and services are pending.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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