Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., the all-time Professional Bowlers Association leader in titles and earnings, is back to his winning ways, and his victory in the PBA50 Sarasota Open on Friday (April 22) was his second trip to the winner’s circle in four days after 20 months without a title.
The 56-year-old PBA Hall of Famer posted a 9-1 match-play record at Sarasota Lanes en route to the Sarasota Open crown and the first-place prize of $2,300, and he defeated Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 2-1 in the best-of-three title showdown.
Three days earlier, on April 19, Williams captured his 10th PBA50 Tour title in the Pasco County Florida Open in New Port Richey, defeating Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in the finale, and he’ll be the obvious favorite for a threepeat when the South Region PBA50 tour moves to The Villages for the United HealthCare Sun Bowl on Saturday through Tuesday (April 23-26). Until this week, his last taste of victory came in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open in August of 2014.
Williams led the event from start to finish, and he earned the top seed in Thursday’s eight-game qualifying session with a 1,955 pinfall (a 244.3 average). And in Friday’s match-play segment, he nearly ran the table, losing only his next-to-last match before finishing with a 9-1 record.
In the final Round of 2, Williams opened with a 237-182 victory over Brosius before losing his only match (265-227), forcing a decisive game, which Williams won 246-212. In his march to the finals, Williams swept matches against Peter Kropp of Breman, Germany, Steven Pavlinko of Sewell, N.J., and Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, Nev.
Brosius had earned the right to face Williams by virtue of his semi-final 2-0 triumph over William Peters of Dayton, Ohio, by scores of 277-229 and 228-225.
The defending champion and 2015 winner Terry Metzner of Kentwood, Mich., struggled throughout and finished far back in 62nd place. And among Sarasota-area entrants, former PBA Tour regular Gil Sliker finished 33rd with an eight-game pinfall of 1,655.
To view a link to the complete top-to-bottom standings, match-play results and prize money, click here.
Sweet, Przybylowicz victorious in pro-am tournament
Anna Mae Sweet rolled a 707 9-pin no-tap score, which, coupled with 207 handicap and 761 from her pro partners, gave her the winning net score of 1,675 in Wednesday evening’s adult pro-am competition that preceded the regular PBA50 Sarasota Open.
Sergio Jackson posted the runner-up score of 1,626, while Randy Simon (1,625), Ron Fletcher (1,622) and James Stubbs (1,617) rounded out the top five. Other cashers were Doug Lozen (1,602), Michelle Gaudette (1,592) and Beverly Blakeman (1,534).
In the youth pro-am, Ian Przybylowicz captured top honors with 1,689, while Ayden Przybylowicz was next in line with 1,651 and Ryan Stubbs was third at 1,632. To review the complete pro-am standings and prize winnings, click here.
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