HAMMOND, Ind. – Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., defeated Mark Williams – no relation – of Beaumont, Texas, 217-198, in an all-Williams title match to win the PBA50 Tour South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes Thursday.
Helped by Mark’s pocket 7-10 split in the 10th frame, Walter Ray completed a come-from-behind victory to win his third PBA50 Tour title of the year, the seventh PBA50 Tour title of his career, and he expanded his points lead to 18 points over Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli in the PBA50 Player of the Year race with only two tournaments remaining in the 2013 season.
Walter Ray Williams, who owns a record 47-time PBA Tour titles, never led in the title match until throwing three strikes in a row in the eighth, ninth and 10th frames to erase Mark William’s early lead. Mark had a chance to win with a strike and nine-count spare in his 10th frame, but left the so-called “impossible” split on a pocket hit on his first shot.
“That was the 15th time I left that split this week,” Mark said, “but I guess there was room for one more. That shot could have struck, but maybe it was just the pressure of the moment.”
“I bowled a great game and had a lot of nine counts, and Mark bowled a great game and had some bad breaks,” Walter Ray said. “But that’s part of bowling. For awhile it looked like I wasn’t getting any good breaks, but in the end I got the break I needed.”
Despite years of bowling against each other on the “junior tour,” as the 50-and-older players refer to the regular PBA Tour, friendships and good-natured rivalries remain intense among the PBA50 players.
“We’re all good friends. We’ve known each other for years, but we don’t like to lose to each other,” Walter Ray added. “I’m still competitive. I don’t like to lose. I’m out here to get all the accolades I can, and win titles, and win a little money if I can.”
In the semifinal round featuring four PBA Hall of Famers, Mark Williams started with six strikes and ran away with a 267-191 decision over Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who left splits and failed to convert both the third and fifth frames. Walter Ray then set up the all-Williams title match with a 244-199 victory over Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla.
By picking up 16 points in the Player of the Year points race, Williams has an 18-point edge over Monacelli in second but Monacelli has indicated he will not bowl in the final tournament of the season. Pete Weber is third in the points competition 28 points behind.
Because next week’s Decatur event is a doubles format tournament, Player of the Year points will be awarded after qualifying has been completed if contenders finish within the top four.
The top three players in PBA50 Tour points also competing for earn berths in the ESPN-televised PBA50 Tour Finals, a new special event that will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas in early November.
The PBA50 Tour completes its 2013 season with the Decatur Open presented by Brunswick at Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill., Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 13, followed by the Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open presented by Motiv at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 18-21.
PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Thursday
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. ($8,000) def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas ($4,000), 217-198.
Semifinal Round (losers earned $2,500):
M. Williams def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 267-191.
W.R. Williams def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 244-199.
Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $1,700)
Weber def. Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2-0.
M. Williams def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-0.
W.R. Williams def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2-0.
Pedersen def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-1.
Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $1,300)
Weber def. Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3-0.
Bernhardt def. Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3-2.
Sullins def. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-0.
M. Williams def. Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 3-1.
Edwards def. Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3-1.
W.R. Williams def. Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-0.
Pedersen def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-1.
Mohr def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-1.
Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $1,150)
McCordic def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3-1.
Bernhardt def. Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 3-2.
Boresch def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-1.
Minier def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2.
Keane def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-1.
Scarborough def. a-Rick Hara, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3-2.
Pedersen def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-0.
Painter def. Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 3-2.
Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $1,025):
McCordic def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2.
Bernhardt def. Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3-1.
Carter def. Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 3-1.
Traber def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3-1.
Keane def. Jimmy Johnson, Bellevue, Neb., 3-1.
Hara def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-0.
Baker def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3-1.
Thomas def. Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3-0.
PBA50 TOUR PLAYER OF THE YEAR POINTS STANDINGS
(Players earn 16 points for first place, 8 points for second, 4 points for third and 2 points for fourth)
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 58.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 40.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 30.
4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 29.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 20.
6, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 18.
7, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 16
8, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 15.
9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 12.
10, Five tied with 8.