Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Walter Ray William Jr. Tops Decatur Senior Field

Walter Ray Williams Jr. averaged 239 after the second round of the Professional
Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Decatur Open Monday at Spare Time Lanes to earn
top qualifier honors heading into Tuesday’s  match play rounds.

The PBA Hall of Famer led a field of 24 players who advanced to match play with 
a 3,827 16-game pinfall total. He bowled 1,927 in Monday’s second round with 
games of 277, 225, 215, 219, 221, 248, 223, and finishing with a 299 after 
leaving a 10 pin on the last ball.

Williams got off to a much better start Monday than Sunday’s first round where 
his first game was 192 and he had four opens in the first 13 frames.

“I started better and ended better today than yesterday,” said Williams who is 
looking for his second title of the season and is hoping to gain some ground on 
Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, who has a commanding lead in the Senior Player 
of the Year race. “Today I did something I usually don’t do and that was to slow 
down and hook the ball a little more.  That’s not usually my go-to adjustment 
but it worked for me today.”

Mohr, who has won three titles this season and is trying for his second Senior 
Player of the Year crown with three tournaments remaining, made a remarkable 
comeback from the first round to qualify for match play.  The 2009 Senior Player 
of the Year, barely averaged 190 and was mired in 77th place after the first 
round but averaged 241.6 in Monday’s second round to take the 24th and last 
match play spot.

“All year long I felt I could make the changes I needed to make but the pattern 
just baffled me,” said Mohr. “It took me overnight to figure it out. It came 
down to where I was trying to overpower the condition rather than play the 

“If I could manage to average 240 I thought it might be possible to make it (to 
match play), but to go around 50 guys, that was going to be unrealistic. I was 
just hoping to make a check."

Because entry for the event did not reach the 94-player cutoff, 24 players 
advanced to match play rather than the usual 32.  Round of 8 and championship 
rounds will get underway at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Rounding out the top eight and earning a first round bye for match play are Hall 
of Famer Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker, King, NC, 3,742; 
Ricky Beck, Box Elder, SD, 3,713; Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, MI, 3,669; 
Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 3,664; Steve Ferraro, Kingston, NY, 3,647, Senior 
Lake County Open winner Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, MI, 3,620, and 
Kent Wagner, Palmetto, FL, 3,619.

Tuesday’s action can be seen live on pba.com’s Xtra Frame. Subscription 
information can be obtained by visiting www.xtraframe.tv.

Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill., Monday

16-game pinfall totals; top 24 advance to Tuesday’s match play rounds

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,827.
2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,742.
3, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 3,713.
4, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,669.
5, Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 3,664.
6, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,647.
7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,620.
8, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,619.
9, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,574.
10, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,571.
11, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,567.
12, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,560.
13, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,552.
14, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,534.
15, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,532.
16, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,516.
17, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,510.
18, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,509.
19, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,506.
20, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 3,501.
21, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,496.
22, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,488.
23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,484.
24, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,451.

Did Not Advance
s-super seniors out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700
25, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,447, $900.
26, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,444, $900.
27, Rick Vittone, Canada, 3,431, $900.
28, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,428, $900.
29, (tie) Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., and Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 3,427, $900.
31, (tie) Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,409, $450.
33, s-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,406, $700.
34, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,401.
35, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,377.
36, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3,375.
38, s-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,374, $700.
39, Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 3,371.
40, Al Pote, Lake City, Ill., 3,358.
41, Chuck Schuette, Bettendorf, Iowa, 3,333.
42, s-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,332, $700.
43, s-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,324, $700.
44, s-Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,317, $700.
45, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,313.
46, s-Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,295, $700.
47, s-Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,293, $700.
48, s-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,282, $700.
49, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 3,260.
50, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 3,258.
51, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3,252.
52, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,247.
53, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,209.
54, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,201.
55, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,196.
56, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,195.
57, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 3,178.
58, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 3,175.
59, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,174.
60, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,172.
61, (tie) Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., and Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,157.
63, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,155.
64, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,154.
65, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,149.
66, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,142.
67, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,122.
68, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,112.
69, (tie) Butch Woollen Jr, Forsyth, Ill., and Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,110.
71, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,101.
72, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,092.
73, (tie) Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., and Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,086.
75, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,076.
76, David Doane, Buffalo, Iowa, 3,051.
77, John Berry, Decatur, Ill., 3,039.
78, (tie) Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,034.
80, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,007.
81, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 2,992.
82, Gary Haines, Decatur, Ill., 2,965.
83, Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 2,948.
84, Randy Jackman, Hammond, Ind., 2,915.
85, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,914.
86, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 2,907.
87, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 2,861.
88, Rod Michael, Florissant, Mo., 2,856.
89, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 2,814.
90, Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., 2,747.
91, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,636.
92, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,575.
93, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,185 (WD).

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