Best Year Ever? Mohr dominates 2011 PBA Senior Tour statistical races


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    Williams shatters average record, but Alaskan star wins points, earnings titles

    2011PBASRonMohr.jpgProfessional Bowlers Association Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr (pictured left) of Eagle River, Alaska, may have experienced the most successful year ever in dominating the 11-tournament 2011 PBA Senior Tour schedule.

    That lofty conclusion comes at the end of a year in which Mohr won a record-tying four titles in the 10 PBA Senior Tour events he entered, supported by a stunning 67-30 record in his head-to-head matches (a 69 percent success rate) and an equally impressive qualifying record. In 10 tournaments, Mohr was the leading qualifier twice, No. 2 twice and he qualified lower than seventh only one time.

    His “bad” event might have been his most impressive. After struggling to 77th place after the first eight qualifying games in the Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open, Mohr moved up 53 places over the next eight games to make the cut to match play by four pins, qualifying a season-worst 24th.

    2011PBASTomBaker.jpg In addition to his four titles – including his first major championship in the Senior U.S. Open – Mohr finished out of the top four only one time. He was second twice, third twice, fourth and had a 13-place finish in Decatur. For the record, the only tournament he didn’t enter was the USBC Senior Masters which he missed in order to attend a family wedding.

    Tom Baker (2006), Dale Eagle (1999) and Pete Couture (1998) also had four-title seasons, but only Baker’s was in a comparable number of events (nine). In 2006, Baker finished second, third, fifth, seventh and 24th in his other five events. Eagle won four times in a 15-tournament schedule while Couture won his four titles in a 14-event season.

    2011PBASWalterRayWilliams.jpgMohr also won the 2011 earnings crown, taking $56,100 to the bank. Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) of Ocala, Fla., was second with $37,400 followed by Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., with $36,450. And Mohr’s consistency led to an easy victory in the competition points race where he compiled 217,602 points to top Williams’ 195,671.

    No one had a perfect 11-for-11 cashing record, but of the nine players who cashed in 10 events, Mohr, Baker, Peter Knopp from Germnay and Henry Gonzalez were 10-for-10 while Williams, Sullins, Mike Henry, Kenny Parks and Eagle cashed in 10 of 11 events.

    The only statistical category where Mohr fell short was in scoring average where Williams blistered the PBA Senior Tour record. Williams, a living PBA Tour legend who has rewritten the record book over his illustrious 47-title career, bounced back from his worst PBA Tour season to shatter the PBA Senior Tour average record, bowling at a 229.56 pace in erasing the previous record of 226.32 set by Baker in 2006. Mohr was a distant second, finishing at 225.98.

    While Williams struggled in match play, he had an amazing qualifying record. He led all Senior Tour qualifiers five times and finished second three other times. But in his other three events, Williams qualified 12th, 18th and his worst qualifying finish was in the season-ending Senior Dayton Classic (58th).


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