THE VILLAGES, Fla. – Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., defeated Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 248-239 in the title match Tuesday to win the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Sun Bowl In the Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes.
Sullins, who won the 2009 PBA Senior World Championship for his first Senior Tour title, put together seven consecutive strikes after an open and spare in the first two frames of the title match to help seal the win.
“I thought I would have a good read with the ball I was throwing in the semifinal match but that wasn’t the case,” said Sullins, who also owns five PBA Tour titles. “I had to go to another ball, adjust my hand position and release and was able to put seven strikes together.”
The win brought back some memories for the 53-year-old Sullins who won his first title on the PBA Tour by defeating Williams in the championship match of the True Value Open in 1986.
“It brought back some memories bowling in that match,” Sullins said. “Anytime you bowl Walter Ray you’re in for a tough match. There’s a saying out here on tour—if you want to win you have to beat Walter Ray.”
Sullins had to win four matches Tuesday to get to the title match including a 253-175 win in the semifinal against Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del.
“All the matches were tough today,” Sullins said. “I had a pretty good handle on the semifinal but I really felt I had to earn this one.”
In the other semifinal match, Williams, the 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year, defeated 2009 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 270-199, to advance to the final match.
The next stop for the PBA Senior Tour is George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., for the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic May 1-4.
PBA SENIOR SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.
Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich. ($7,500) def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. ($4,000), 248-239.
Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
W.R. Williams def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 270-199.
Sullins def. Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 253-175.
Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Mohr def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2-1.
W.R. Williams def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2-0.
Hastings def. Ron Jacobson, Jupiter, Fla., 2-0.
Sullins def. Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 2-0.
Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Mohr def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-0.
Brazeau def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-1.
W.R. Williams def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-0.
M. Williams def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-2.
Jacobson def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3-2.
Hastings def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-0.
Honeycutt def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-0.
Sullins def. Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3-1.
Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,100 each)
Patchen def. Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3-1.
Brazeau def. Frank Gallo, Jr., Newport News, Va., 3-2.
W.R. Williams def. Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3-2.
Dias def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-1.
Jacobson def. Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 3-1.
Hastings def. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-0.
Honeycutt def. Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., 3-2.
Sullins def. Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3-2.
Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,000 each)
Patchen def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-1.
Brazeau def. Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3-1.
Ferraro def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.
Dias def. Ken May, Titusville, Fla., 3-0.
Couture def. Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3-2.
Howison def. Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3-0.
Honeycutt def. George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3-0.
Blankenship def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3-2.