HAMMOND, Ind. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. averaged 246 to lead qualifying in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 Wednesday putting him in good position to reach another record in a career that has lasted more than three decades.
Heading into Thursday’s match play rounds, Williams led qualifying with a 3,941 16-game pinfall total at Olympia Lanes and if he can win his 11th PBA50 Tour title, the all-time leader on the PBA Tour titles list with 47 wins will have won a combined 100 titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional competition.
“It would be nice to reach it out here on the PBA50 Tour but I’ll take it whenever it comes, said Williams, who won the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Viper Championship PBA50 regional title in Welch, Minn. last week for his 99th title. “I’m hopeful that I’ll get it sooner than later.”
In addition to his 47 PBA Tour titles and 10 PBA50 Tour titles, Williams has 32 PBA regional and 10 PBA50 regional titles.
Williams had games of 238, 224, 230, 268, 300, 217, 235 and 235 in his second round which gave him the qualifying lead for the first time this season.
“My qualifying hasn’t been very impressive this year, maybe only the second time I’ve qualified in the top eight,” said Williams, who will be trying for his second title of the season having won the Pasco County Florida Open to start the season. “I was having this feeling that I was hanging up in the ball recently and would have a tendency to pull it. I went to a new layout for my grip this week and it’s really helped.”
Amleto Monacelli, also looking for his second title of the season, finished qualifying 53 pins behind Williams in second with a 3,888 pinfall total. The Hall of Famer won the Fountain Valley Open for his sixth career PBA50 Tour title in June.
Finishing third was first round leader five-time PBA regional titlist Eddie Graham Jr. of Centerville, Ohio with a 3,867 pinfall.
Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Parker Bohn III rounded out the top five. Weber, who has won a record five PBA50 Tour titles this season including the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters, finished qualifying in fourth with 3,844, and Bohn, a three-time PBA50 Tour winner finished fifth with 3,808.
Weber is just one title behind Williams in the overall PBA title race with 98 wins.
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PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Wednesday
SECOND ROUND STANDINGS
(after 16 games. Top 16 advance to match play. Positions 17-27 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,941.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,888.
3, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,867.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,844.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,808.
6, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,797.
7, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,691.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,688.
9, Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,682.
10, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,675.
11, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,670.
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,666.
13, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,661.
14, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,648.
15, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,644.
16, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,622.
17, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,616.
18, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,610.
19, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,608.
21, (tie) Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,607.
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,606.
24, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,595.
25, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,592.
26, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,588.
27, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,586.
28, Billy Froberg, Baroda, Mich., 3,581.
29, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,579.
30, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,549.
31, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,548.
32, n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 3,547.
33, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,531.
34, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,530.
35, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,526.
36, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,518.
37, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,500.
38, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,497.
39, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,482.
40, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,469.
41, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,467.
42, (tie) Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., and ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,458.
44, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,452.
45, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,447.
46, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,442.
47, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,430.
48, (tie) William Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., and Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,429.
50, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,407.
51, John Chapman, Canada, 3,403.
52, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,387.
53, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 3,385.
54, David Welch, St. Louis, Mo., 3,367.
55, n-Ken Carcich, Sheridan, Wyo., 3,362.
56, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,357.
57, (tie) Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., and Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,339.
59, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,334.
60, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,316.
61, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,312.
62, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,310.
63, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,307.
64, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,297.
65, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,273.
66, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,260.
67, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 3,257.
68, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,255.
69, Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,224.
70, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,208.
71, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,191.
72, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,184.
73, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,135.
74, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,132.
75, n, Frank Tardio, Inverness, Ill., 3,067.
76, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,066.
77, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,015.
78, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,014.
79, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,005.
80, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,941.
81, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 2,780.
82, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,242.
300 games – Walter Ray Williams Jr., Steve Stein, Robert Nelson
ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over advancing to cashers round