HOPKINSVILLE, Kent. é─ý Rookie Hammer staff player Billy Oatman has been chosen
the 2006-07 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year by his peers and the media.
é─˙Billy performed like wildfire this season, sweeping over the Tour and the fans
with his charisma and talent,é─¨ said Brian Graham, Hammer brand manager. é─˙He was
a rookie on our staff this year, but you havené─˘t seen the last of Billy Oatman.
You can bet on him next season.é─¨
Known as é─˙Billy O,é─¨ Oatman finished 11th in the 06-07 Tour Trails but earned
exempt status when Ritchie Allen deferred his exemption due to injury. The rest
is Tour history.
Oatman, who hails from Chicago, is the first African-American and, at 41 years
old, the oldest bowler in PBA history to earn PBA Rookie of the Year honors. He
led the rookies in points (37th), earnings ($46,145) and match play appearances
(7) and finished second in averages (216.14). Oatman is also the first left-handed
bowler to win this award since 1996. In January, Oatman came dangerously close
to winning his first career title at the Motel 6 Classic, but fell just one pin
short to Jason Couch.
Nothing Hits Like a HammerČĂ. For more information on Hammeré─˘s Tour staff or products
or to find the pro shop nearest you, visit www.hammerbowling.com. Hammer is headquartered
in Hopkinsville, Kent.