McKendree alum is PBA Midwest Player of the Year

A.J. Johnson, a five-time All-American during his career at McKendree University, was named on Tuesday as the 2017 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Johnson captured four PBA Midwest Region titles during the 2017 season, along with a third-place finish among the seven events he entered. He recently wrapped up his third year on the pro tour by capturing his second major award within the PBA Midwest Region.

He was selected as the 2015 PBA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year.

Last week, Johnson qualified for a spot on Team USA for the fourth time in his career with his performance at the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas. In December, Johnson was part of the Team USA squad that captured a gold medal in the men’s team competition at the 2017 World Bowling Championships.

Johnson had a stellar week individually at the World Championships, finishing third in the all-event standings.

In his four years at McKendree, Johnson helped lead the Bearcats to three appearances at the Intercollegiate Team Championships, including a national runner-up finish in 2013. Johnson was named the 2013-14 men’s collegiate Bowler of the Year by both the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) and the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA). He was a three-time NCBCA All-America selection and a two-time IBMA All-America honoree.