Walter Ray Williams Jr. scheduled to make PBA Senior Tour debut in May

    04/23/10

    2010 PBA Senior Tour #3

    Will compete in the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic

    200910PBAPotYWalterRayWilliams2.jpgProfessional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and reigning Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. is scheduled to make his PBA Senior Tour debut in the Senior Miller High Life Classic May 2-5 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

    Williams, who is currently competing in the Japan Cup, will be among more than 130 of the world's top Senior Tour players (age 50 and over) who will compete in the third stop of the 30th Senior Tour season.

    Williams earned a record seventh Player of the Year honor (pictured left) at the conclusion of the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open in Baltimore April 4, after going into the event tied in the points race with Bill O'Neill. Williams' seventh Player of the Year honor broke a tie with the late Earl Anthony and at age 50, he also became the oldest to win the crown, breaking the previous record of 45 also held by Anthony.

    2010PBASDaleEagle.jpgDuring the 2009-10 PBA Tour season Williams won two titles – the season-opening Motor City Open and the United States Bowling Congress Masters for his eighth major – to improve his all-time career titles record to 47. He had five championship round appearances and his titles in 2009-10 extended his record run of consecutive seasons with at least one title to 17.

    Also in the field will be Dale Eagle (right) who earned his 11th career Senior Tour title by defeating Hall of Famer Mark Williams, 247-224, in the championship match of last year's Miller High Life Classic.

    Prior to visiting Mooresville, the Senior Tour will be in Columbus, Ohio, for the Senior Columbus Open April 24-27 at HPL Lanes.

    2010PBASSteveFerraro.jpg2009PBAS08WayneWebb.jpgSteve Ferraro (left), who defeated Hall of Famer Wayne Webb (right), 213-210, in the title match of the season-opening Dayton Senior Classic earlier this week, will be trying for his third Senior Tour title in Columbus.

    Webb, who recently moved to Columbus to become a bowling center proprietor, will also try for his third Senior Tour title. The 20-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist won the 2008 and 2009 Senior U.S. Opens and will be trying to become the first three-time winner of that event in June.

    Competition in Columbus begins with eight-game qualifying blocks April 25-26 at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern. The field will then be cut to the top 32 players who will advance to best-of-five match play beginning April 27 at 9 a.m. Match play continues all day on April 27 with the Round of 8 and championship rounds scheduled for 6 p.m. Practice and pro-ams will take place on April 24.

    PBA.com's Xtra Frame video service will have final-day coverage of the Senior Columbus Open on April 27 and the Senior Miller High Life Classic on May 5.

    PBA Senior Columbus Open


    HPL Lanes in Columbus, Ohio (April 24-27, 2010)

    Saturday, April 24, 2010
    8 a.m. - A squad practice
    10:30 a.m. - B squad practice
    Pro-Am squads to follow

    Sunday, April 25, 2010
    8 a.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)
    3 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

    Monday, April 26, 2010
    8 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
    3 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    9 a.m. - Players qualifying 17-32 bowl (best of 5 games)
    11 a.m. - Winners and players qualifying 9-16 (best of 5 games)
    2 p.m. - Winners and players qualifying 1-8 bowl (best of 5 games)
    6 p.m. - Round of 8 (best of 3 games)
    Semifinal match (1 game) immediately following
    Championship match (1 game) immediately following

     


    PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic


    George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. (May 2-5, 2010)

    Sunday, May 2, 2010
    9 a.m. - A squad practice
    Noon - B squad practice
    Pro am squads at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

    Monday, May 3, 2010
    11 a.m. - A squad bowls qualifying (8 games)
    5 p.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    11 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
    5 p.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010
    11 a.m. - Players qualifying 17-32 bowl (best of 5 games match play)
    1 p.m. - Winners and players qualifying 9-16 bowl (best of 5 games match play)
    5 p.m. - Winners and players qualifying 1-8 bowl (best of 5 games match play)
    7:30 p.m. Round of 8 (best of 3 games match play)
    Semifinal match (1 game) immediately following
    Championship match (1 game) immediately following