Walter Ray Williams Jr. is top qualifier in PBA50 South Shore Open


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    PBA Hall of Famer is in good position to reach PBA Title Century Mark



    2016PBA50WalterRayWilliams.jpgProfessional 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 (pictured) led qualifying with a 3,941 16-game pinfall total at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., 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.

    2009PBACentralEddieGraham.jpg 2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg "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 (left), 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 PBA50 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. (right) of Centerville, Ohio with a 3,867 pinfall.

    2016PBA5009PeteWeber2.jpg 2016PBA5009ParkerBohn2.jpg Hall of Famers Pete Weber (left) and Parker Bohn III (right) 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 United States Bowling Congress 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.

    Fans can catch Thursday's match play rounds and stepladder finals live on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking here here.


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    PBA50 South Shore Open - Second Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total; Top 16 advance to match play. Positions 17-27 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists; ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over advancing to cashers round, n-denotes non-member

    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, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,549
    29, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,548
    30, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,530
    31, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,518
    32, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,482
    33, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,458
    34, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,442
    35, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,430

    Missed Cut:
    36, Billy Froberg, Baroda, Mich., 3,581
    37, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,579
    38, n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 3,547
    39, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,531
    40, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,526
    41, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,500
    42, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,497
    43, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,469
    44, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,467
    45, (tie) Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill.
    46, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,452
    47, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,447
    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 (3) – Walter Ray Williams Jr., Steve Stein, Robert Nelson.