PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., Rookie of the Year Amleto Monacelli and Dick Weber Sportsmanship award winner Dave Soutar received their 2012 awards during a presentation between the A and B squads of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open today.
In addition to winning two titles and compiling five top-five finishes, 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. As the season’s only two-time title winner he led the Senior Tour in earnings with $35,900.
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.
Monacelli, a two-time Player of the Year on the PBA Tour, is the first international player to earn the award.
The 51-year-old native of Venezuela also became the first international player to win the Senior U.S. Open last June when he defeated Williams, 255-247, in the championship match.
He also finished third in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters and compiled four other top 20 finishes which included a 10th, 11th, 15th and 19th in his six Senior Tour appearances.
Hall of Famer Soutar, who retired after more than 50 years of competing on the PBA Tour and Senior Tour, was voted the winner of the Senior Tour’s Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award.
In a career that started in 1961, Soutar won 18 titles on the PBA Tour and seven on the Senior Tour and became the first player to win sportsmanship awards from both Tours. He was named the PBA Tour’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner in 1970.