Walter Ray Williams Jr. tops Hall-of-Fame field to win PBA50 Tour Finals


    2013 PBA50 Tour

    2013PBA50FinalWalterRayWilliams.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured left) topped a three-man all-star field to win the inaugural PBA50 Tour Finals Sunday, Nov. 3, at South Point Exhibition Hall in Las Vegas.

    2013PBA50FinalAmletoMonacelli.jpgIn the finals, which featured three PBA Hall of Famers who qualified based on competition points earned during the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Williams defeated Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli (right), 224-204, after Monacelli eliminated 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Pete Weber (below left) of St. Ann, Mo., 243-208, in the first match.

    2013PBA50FinalPeteWeber.jpg"The fans had a chance to see three players with a lot of history with the organization and who had great seasons on the PBA50 Tour," Williams, an Ocala, Fla., resident, said. "You can't get much better than that."

    Williams, who won three PBA50 Tour titles in 2013, led throughout the match before Monacelli made a late charge with a three-bagger heading into the 10th frame. But Monacelli left the 4 pin on his first ball in the 10th and missed the spare to end his chances.

    "The momentum was going back and forth," Williams said. "It was going my way with a four-bagger and then I left a 10 pin in the ninth which gave Amleto a chance. I was really surprised when he left the 4 pin. If he strikes, the match could have gone down to the last ball."


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    PBA50 Finals - Stepladder Finals

    South Point Exhibition Hall in Las Vegas, Nev. (Nov. 3, 2013)

    2013PBA50FinalWeberWilliamsMonacelli.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 243 (1 game), $10,000
    2. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 432 (2 games), $6,000
    3. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 204 (1 game), $4,000

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Monacelli def. No. 3 Weber, 243-208
    Championship: No. 1 Williams def. Monacelli, 224-204.