After dominating the season statistical categories for more than two decades on the PBA Tour, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., is doing more of the same as a member of the PBA Senior Tour.
Williams, who won his first PBA Senior Player of the Year title in a points contest designed specifically for that purpose, also led all 50-and-older players in competition points, average and earnings as the nine-event 2012 season came to an end Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Decatur, Ill.
The 52-year-old right-hander earned 163,367 competition points in nine events, easily running away from runner-up Bob Learn Jr. of Macomb, Mich., who had 114,611 points. Williams won the average title, scoring at a record 233.41 pace for 267 games to top runner-up Wayne Webb’s 229.85 average and break his own record of 229.56 set during the 2011 season. And the season’s only two-time title winner led the Senior Tour in earnings with $35,900, comfortably ahead of runner-up Hugh Miller’s $26,850. Williams completed his sweep with 48 Player of the Year points, topping Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli’s 32 points.
During his 47-title PBA Tour career, Williams was PBA Player of the Year seven times, earnings leader seven times, average leader eight times and competition points champion eight times – all PBA Tour records.
The final Senior Tour stats also showcased how close the 2012 Senior Rookie of the Year race will be. The winner of that contest will soon be determined in voting by bowling media and PBA members. The leading candidates are four players who each won one title and finished in the top 10 in all three key statistical categories:
Learn, who won the Senior Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, N.C., finished second in competition points, fifth in average and sixth in earnings.
Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., who won the Senior Sun Bowl in The Villages, finished 10th in points, fourth in average and seventh in earnings.
Monacelli, who won the PBA Senior U.S. Open, finished sixth in points, seventh in average and third in earnings.
Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., who won the USBC Senior Masters, finished ninth in points, third in average and fourth in earnings.
In his final event as a PBA competitor, PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Fla., capped his career as the all-time leader in earnings as a PBA Senior player. In addition to his seven Senior Tour titles, Soutar finished his career with a total of $586,120 in earnings in Senior Tour and Senior Regional competition. Soutar, who bowled in a record 259 Senior Tour events, earned $518,170 exclusively in Senior Tour competition, making him the only player to surpass the $500,000 milestone at the national senior level. Gene Stus of Allen Park, Mich., is the only other player to exceed the half-million-dollar milestone in total career senior earnings ($522,885).
For complete 2012 PBA Senior Tour stats, click here.
CAST YOUR VOTE FOR FANS’ FAVORITE T-SHIRT DESIGN
PBA fans have until midnight today to cast a vote for their favorite design in a new PBA Fan T-Shirt Design contest. The winning design will be incorporated into merchandise offered for sale by the PBA later in the season, and the winning designer will receive a $50 gift certificate from the PBA.
Voting is being done exclusively on PBA’s Facebook page, so visit Facebook, enter PBA in the “search box” and cast your vote by midnight Friday.
Speaking of PBA merchandise, a summer sale of PBA-logoed products is now underway. Visit pba.com for details.
REGIONAL ROUNDUP: SCROGGINS, BARNES WINNERS IN SOUTHWEST CHAMELEON OPEN
● Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, defeated Dustin Ochoa of San Antonio, Texas, 256-210, to win his 38th PBA Regional title in the 16th annual Killeen (Texas) Chameleon Open at Hallmark Lanes on Sunday, Aug. 12. In winning at Hallmark Lanes for the fifth time, Scroggins denied Ochoa, a PBA Southwest “rookie,” his first title.
Scroggins received $2,700 in winning the third of the PBA Southwest Region’s four animal pattern championships, and his second in a row. Because he won the Southwest Cheetah Open in July to secure an entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling IV in November, the Chameleon Open entry went to Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who finished highest among the players who paid the optional animal pattern entry fee.
● After a four-year delay, Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., successfully defended his PBA South Region Gaffney (S.C.) Open title, defeating Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 247-216, on Sunday, Aug. 12 at Gaffney Entertainment Center. Baker, who had to wait for a return to Gaffney after the host center underwent a management change, qualified second for the stepladder finals and defeated Kip Roberts of Glen Allen, Va., 243-210, in the semifinal round to advance to the title match. He earned $2,200 along with his 20th career PBA Regional win.
● In York, Pa., Sam Maccarone of Glassboro, N.J. defeated Ross McDonald of Clarksville, Md., 243-166, to win the PBA East Region Colony Park Lanes Senior Open Sunday. The three-time East Region Senior Player of the Year also earned $1,500.
● In the PBA West Region, Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,708 pins Sunday to win the PBA West Region Fog City Open at Daly City Bowl in his hometown for his 17th PBA Regional title. Frankos defeated Leo DiBenedetto of Rancho Cordova, Calif., by 135 pins for the $2,000 first prize. DiBenedetto had a 6-6 match play record and 4,573 pins, including match play bonus pins.
In the companion Senior Open, Joe Goldstein Sr. of Hayward, Calif., went 3-5 and knocked down 3,511 total pins for 16 games to top Craig Kisro of Granada Hills, Calif., by 102 pins for his first West Senior Regional title and $1,100.
● Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., defeated Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill. by 30 pins to win the PBA Central Region’s one-day Boss Snow Plows/Track Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., on Saturday, Aug. 11. The title was Zaffino’s third of the year in the Central Region and the 19th of his regional career. He also earned $2,000.
● The PBA Midwest Region’s St. Charles (Mo.) Lanes Challenger event for non-champions was won by non-member Dan Spink of Florissant, Mo., who defeated youth bowler Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 274-165. Spink earned $1,500; Sherman put $950 into his SMART scholarship account.
● A busy schedule of regional activity, including the final events in the PBA Regional animal pattern championship series, is on tap heading into the Labor Day weekend.
The Aug. 17-19 weekend schedule includes the PBA Northwest Region’s animal pattern finale, the Dave Husted Viper Open at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.; the PBA Central Region’s 5th annual Lefeld Implement Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, and the PBA South Region’s Wilson & Sons Termite Pest Control Super Senior Open (for players 60 and older) at Northside Bowling Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Three animal pattern championships are on the Aug. 24-26 schedule: the PBA Midwest Cheetah Open presented by Brunswick at Premiere Bowling and Entertainment in Pleasant Hill, Iowa; the PBA South Region Scorpion Open presented by Columbia 300 at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., and the PBA Southwest Region Scorpion Open presented by DV8 at DB’s Sports Grill and Bowling in Greenville, Texas. Also over the Aug. 24-26 weekend is the PBA East Region Mil-Ray Goods Open presented by Hammer at 30 Strikes in Stratford, N.J.
Labor Day weekend will wrap up with animal pattern championship program with the PBA West Region’s Chameleon Don Johnson Memorial presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif. The Don Johnson Memorial will include PBA Northwest players and also will include a PBA Senior event. Other Labor Day weekend events include the PBA East Region Strike Zone Senior Open in Pottsville, Pa.; the PBA South Region Vero Bowl Classic in Vero Beach, Fla., and the PBA Southwest Region Miller/Coors Open presented by Roto Grip at Golden Bowl in Golden, Colo.
The last-chance PBA regional animal pattern championships each offer an optional entry fee program for the right to win a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling, Nov. 2-11 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The final events in all seven Regions will determine the player who accumulates the overall competition points winner in the region’s four animal pattern events (Cheetah, Scorpion, Chameleon and Viper) and that player also will earn a World Series entry, whether or not he participates in the “optional” entry program. If the points champion has already won an entry, the overall points berth will go to the next highest qualified player.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
XTRA FRAME’S NEXT STOP: SILVERADO NATIONAL OPEN IN RENO
Xtra Frame’s next stop will be the Reno Tri-Properties’ new Silverado National Open tournament Aug. 26-29 at the National Bowling Stadium. Coverage of the special event, which is being conducted in cooperation with the PBA, is being sponsored by the Eldorado Hotel/Casino, Circus Circus and Silver Legacy Hotel/Casino. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and look for the Xtra Frame logo.
● Mika Koivuniemi expanded his list of countries where he has won a title to 18 on Sunday, Aug. 12, when he defeated native Colombian Clara Guerrero, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game title match of the Columbia 300 Bogota City Open in Bogota, Colombia. After defeating fellow PBA Tour competitor Dan MacLelland, 2-1, in the semifinal round, Koivuniemi lost his first game against Guerrero, 268-258, but rallied to win the next two, 211-188 and 233-218, for the title.