Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, has been named the Bowling Writers Association of America's Kegel Bowler of the Month for March after claiming back-to-back titles for the first time in his 11-year PBA career.

Barnes successfully defended his title at the PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator in Columbus, Ohio, before winning the PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship in Norwich, Conn. In five PBA events during the month, he made four TV appearances, and posted fifth- and third-place finishes to go along with his two victories.

Other nominees garnering significant votes were Wes Malott, who won his third title of the season in the PBA Etonic Marathon Open in Indianapolis; Australian Jason Belmonte, who used his two-handed bowling technique to win the PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic, and Bill O'Neill, who posted four top 10 finishes in PBA play in March.