Walter Ray Williams Jr. leads top 24 into Match Play in PBA Senior Decatur Open


    2011 PBA Senior Tour #9

    Ron Mohr averages 241 Monday to leap from 77th to 24th place

    201011PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured left) averaged 239 after the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Decatur Open Monday at Spare Time Lanes to earn top qualifier honors heading into Tuesday's match play rounds.

    The PBA Hall of Famer led a field of 24 players who advanced to match play with a 3,827 16-game pinfall total. He bowled 1,927 in Monday's second round with games of 277, 225, 215, 219, 221, 248, 223, and finishing with a 299 after leaving a 10 pin on the last ball.

    Williams got off to a much better start Monday than Sunday's first round where his first game was 192 and he had four opens in the first 13 frames.

    2010PBASRonMohr.jpg"I started better and ended better today than yesterday," said Williams who is looking for his second title of the season and is hoping to gain some ground on Ron Mohr (right) of Eagle River, Alaska, who has a commanding lead in the Senior Player of the Year race.

    "Today I did something I usually don't do and that was to slow down and hook the ball a little more. That's not usually my go-to adjustment but it worked for me today."

    Mohr, who has won three titles this season and is trying for his second Senior Player of the Year crown with three tournaments remaining, made a remarkable comeback from the first round to qualify for match play.

    The 2009 Senior Player of the Year, barely averaged 190 and was mired in 77th place after the first round but averaged 241.6 in Monday's second round to take the 24th and last match play spot.

    "All year long I felt I could make the changes I needed to make but the pattern just baffled me," said Mohr. "It took me overnight to figure it out. It came down to where I was trying to overpower the condition rather than play the pattern.

    2010PBASTomBaker2.jpg"If I could manage to average 240 I thought it might be possible to make it (to match play), but to go around 50 guys, that was going to be unrealistic. I was just hoping to make a check."

    Because entry for the event did not reach the 94-player cutoff, 24 players advanced to match play rather than the usual 32. Round of 8 and championship rounds will get underway at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Rounding out the top eight and earning a first round bye for match play are Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker (left), King, N.C., 3,742; Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 3,713; Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,669; Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 3,664; Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,647, Senior Lake County Open winner Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,620, and Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,619.

    Tuesday's action can be seen live on's Xtra Frame.


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    PBA Senior Decatur Open - Second Round Results

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total. The top 24 advance to Tuesday's match play rounds. s indicates super seniors out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700.

    1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,827
    2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,742
    3, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 3,713
    4, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,669
    5, Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 3,664
    6, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,647
    7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,620
    8, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,619
    9, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,574
    10, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,571
    11, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,567
    12, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,560
    13, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,552
    14, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,534
    15, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,532
    16, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,516
    17, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,510
    18, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,509
    19, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,506
    20, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 3,501
    21, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,496
    22, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,488
    23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,484
    24, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,451

    Missed Cut:
    25, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,447, $900
    26, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,444, $900
    27, Rick Vittone, Canada, 3,431, $900
    28, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,428, $900
    29, (tie) Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., and Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 3,427, $900
    31, (tie) Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,409, $450
    33, s-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,406, $700
    34, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,401
    35, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,377
    36, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3,375
    38, s-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,374, $700
    39, Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 3,371
    40, Al Pote, Lake City, Ill., 3,358
    41, Chuck Schuette, Bettendorf, Iowa, 3,333
    42, s-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,332, $700
    43, s-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,324, $700
    44, s-Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,317, $700
    45, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,313
    46, s-Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,295, $700
    47, s-Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,293, $700
    48, s-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,282, $700
    49, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 3,260
    50, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 3,258
    51, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3,252
    52, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,247
    53, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,209
    54, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,201
    55, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,196
    56, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,195
    57, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 3,178
    58, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 3,175
    59, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,174
    60, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,172
    61, (tie) Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., and Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,157
    63, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,155
    64, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,154
    65, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,149
    66, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,142
    67, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,122
    68, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,112
    69, (tie) Butch Woollen Jr, Forsyth, Ill., and Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,110
    71, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,101
    72, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,092
    73, (tie) Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., and Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,086
    75, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,076
    76, David Doane, Buffalo, Iowa, 3,051
    77, John Berry, Decatur, Ill., 3,039
    78, (tie) Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,034
    80, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,007
    81, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 2,992
    82, Gary Haines, Decatur, Ill., 2,965
    83, Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 2,948
    84, Randy Jackman, Hammond, Ind., 2,915
    85, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,914
    86, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 2,907
    87, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 2,861
    88, Rod Michael, Florissant, Mo., 2,856
    89, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 2,814
    90, Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., 2,747
    91, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,636
    92, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,575
    93, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,185 (WD)

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