Sunday, May 9, 2010

WRWJr Sweeps PBA Stats and Awards

At the ripe old age of 50, Walter Ray Williams Jr. has already used up every
superlative you can attach to his record-setting career, and that makes his
sweep of every major statistical category during the 2009-10 Lumber
Liquidators PBA Tour season even more stunning.

With the completion of the DyDo Japan Cup, the PBA’s statistical season
officially ended in the earnings and average categories. Guess who won both?

The Ocala, FL, right-hander had previously claimed his record seventh Chris
Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award and a record eighth Harry Smith
Point Leader Award at the conclusion of the Lumber Liquidators Marathon
Open, the final regularly-scheduled event of the season.

Williams ended his PBA Tour season by being eliminated in the Round of 16 in
his 25th consecutive Japan Cup appearance, earning $3,000 to boost his
official 2009-10 earnings total to $152,670 - $5,395 ahead of runner-up Bill
O’Neill. It was the seventh time he has led the Tour in annual earnings. He also
finished the season with a 222.89 average for 581 games – 50 games more than
Tommy Jones bowled – to lock up a record eighth George Young Memorial High
Average Award. Wes Malott was runner-up with a 221.34 average.

Adding a little icing, Williams tied for the Tour lead in Championship Round
Appearances (five) and titles (two) with both Mike Scroggins and O’Neill, and he
led the field in match play appearances with 15 in 19 events.

The 47-time PBA Tour title winner improved his Tour-best career earnings to
$4,252,116 as of May 1 (Pete Weber is more than $800,000 behind in second
place with $3,407,724).

Returning home from Japan, Williams made his PBA Senior Tour debut on May 
3 in the Miller High Life Senior Classic in Mooresville, N.C., and three days later,
he won his first PBA Senior Tour title.

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