Weber wins, Williams Is Player of the Year

by Bob Johnson 0

Walter Ray Williams Jr. made bowling history Sunday without even picking up a bowling ball.

When Pete Weber defeated Mike Scroggins, 268-224, to win the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open, it created a three-way tie for first place on the Player of the Year point list among Williams, Scroggins and Bill O’Neill. The PBA’s standard point list, which determines tour exemptions, is the tiebreaker, and Williams tops that list.

As a result, Williams is Player of the Year for a record seventh time, breaking a tie for the all-time lead in that category with Earl Anthony. Williams, at 50, also becomes the oldest Player of the Year in PBA history.

The victory was the 35th in Weber’s storied career, and he now ranks third by himself all-time on that list. He had been tied with another legend, Mark Roth.

We’ll have a full report in the May issue of Bowlers Journal International.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.