Walter Ray Williams Jr. continues to re-write PBA Record Book


    2010 PBA Spare Shots #4

    200910PBA12WalterRayWilliams2.jpg200910PBA09EarlAnthony_small.jpgWith his second United States Bowling Congress Masters title, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured left) continues to write his own version of the Professional Bowlers Association Record Book.

    The Masters was Williams' record 47th PBA Tour title, increasing his edge over the late Earl Anthony's (right) 43 to four titles.

    The 2010 Masters victory gives Williams eight major championships, moving him into a tie with Pete Weber and Mike Aulby for second place on the all-time list beyond Anthony's 10 career majors.

    As the first two-time winner during the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, he became the first in PBA Tour history to win multiple titles in 13 different seasons. He had been tied with Pete Weber at 12 multi-title seasons (for the record, Anthony won multiple titles 10 times).

    Williams is now the second-oldest player to win a PBA Tour major title. Ernie Schlegel was 53 when he won the 1996 USBC Masters. Oldest player records for the other majors are:
    Tournament of Champions: Joe Joseph 44 years, 49 days, in 1962
    U.S. Open: Pete Weber, 44 years, 196 days, in 2007
    PBA World Championship: Tom Baker, 49 years, 192 days, in 2004

    Thanks to his $50,000 Masters first prize, Williams has jumped into the 2009-10 PBA Tour earnings lead with $120,070, a record 19th time in his career he has exceeded $100,000 in single-season earnings. It would have been 11 years in a row, but last season he just missed, earning $99,680.

    Williams also has taken the lead in the 2009-10 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year points race with 50 points. Chris Barnes and Bill O'Neill are tied for second at 32. Williams is trying for a record seventh PBA Player of the Year title. He is currently tied for the lead with Anthony with six each.


    Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles finals moves back to 1 p.m. telecast time

    200910PBA10KellyKulick3.jpgSunday's finals of the Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles, which gets underway with Tour Qualifying Rounds for men and women on Tuesday, return to their familiar 1 p.m. Eastern time slot. The top five mixed doubles teams will battle for the title in a Baker Format stepladder finale.

    The Mixed Doubles will be the final PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM event of the 2009-10 season, and it will mark the return to competition of PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick (pictured).

    Kulick also won the PBA Women's World Championship and women's PBA Shark Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling in Allen Park, Mich., early in the season.


    Second "Chris Barnes Challenge" set for Saturday on "Xtra Frame"

    200910PBA12ChrisBarnes.jpgThe second edition of the Chris Barnes Challenge presented by Columbia 300 is scheduled to air exclusively on Xtra Frame,'s "online bowling channel," at 8 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Rocky Mountain time) Saturday, Feb. 20.

    Barnes (pictured) will take on the highest bidder (up to $5,000) in a three-game winner-take-all match Saturday at Brunswick Zone-Wheat Ridge in Wheat Ridge, Colo. The deadline for challengers to post their bids is Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Rocky Mountain time).

    In the first edition of the Chris Barnes Challenge in Wichita, Kan., in December, collegiate standout Derek Hartnell defeated Barnes in exciting come-from-behind fashion to win a $3,200 pot. That match is currently available for "on demand" viewing on Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.


    PBA players set for 2010 Japan Cup

    Sixteen Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour players, based upon their points standings for the 2008-09 season, have been awarded expenses-paid trips to the 2010 Dydo Japan Cup, April 22-25, in Tokyo, Japan.

    Four additional PBA Tour players will be invited to join a field which will include 91 Japan PBA members and 33 non-pros.

    The 16 PBA players who are headed to Japan, in order of their PBA World Points Ranking status for last season, are:
    • Chris Barnes
    • Bill O'Neill
    • Wes Malott
    • Norm Duke
    • Mike Scroggins
    • Walter Ray Williams Jr.
    • Brad Angelo
    • Pete Weber
    • Mike Fagan
    • Patrick Allen defending Japan Cup champion)
    • Tommy Jones
    • Ryan Shafer
    • Sean Rash
    • Mika Koivuniemi
    • Parker Bohn III
    • Chris Loschetter.


    2010 PBA Regional Players Championship returns to Allen Park

    The PBA Regional Players Championship, the first of two PBA Regional major championships planned for the 2010-11 season, will return to Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., May 28-31. The tournament, which offers a projected first prize of $8,000 along with a berth in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, is open to any player who is not exempt for the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Entry fee is $295.


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    2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Stats

    Earnings (Events, Total)
    1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 12, $120,070
    2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 12, $95,210
    3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 12, $77,460
    4, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 12, $70,125
    5, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 12, $67,135
    6, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 12, $62,450
    7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 12, $61,320
    8, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12, $54,720
    9, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 12, $50,680
    10, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 12, $50,370

    Averages (Games, Average)
    1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 372, 223.56
    2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 332, 221.42
    3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 333, 220.86
    4, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 240, 220.48
    5, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 322, 219.87
    6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 337, 219.06
    7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 323, 219.00
    8, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 278, 218.64
    9, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 274, 218.51
    10, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 311, 218.25

    PBA Player of the Year Race (Championship Round Appearances, Points)
    Based on championship round finishes only: Standard five-player events = 16, 8, 4, 2, 1 points; Major four-player events = 24, 12, 8, 4
    1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 4, 50
    2, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 4, 32
    (tie) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2, 32
    4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2, 28
    5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1, 24
    (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3, 24
    (tie) Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2, 24
    (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3, 24
    9, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2, 20
    10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1, 16
    (tie) Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1, 16
    (tie) Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1, 16
    (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1, 16