Williams keeps PBA Senior Player of the Year hopes alive in Senior Jackson Open


    2011 PBA Senior Tour #10

    Points leader Mohr closes to within 50 pins; Sullins sits in third place

    2011PBASWalterRayWilliams.jpg2011PBASRonMohr.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr.'s long-shot bid to add a Professional Bowlers Association Senior Player of the Year title to his lengthy portfolio of PBA honors remains alive after he led qualifying in the PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes Thursday. But the man he needs to beat, Ron Mohr (right) of Eagle River, Alaska, is right on Williams' heels as the No. 2 qualifier.

    Williams (pictured left), a PBA Hall of Famer and owner of a record 47 titles on the regular PBA Tour, finished the 16-game qualifying portion of the tournament with 3,813 pins, 50 pins ahead of Mohr. During Wednesday's eight-game round, Williams threw four games in the 240s along with a pair of 258 games, but even at his torrid pace, Mohr gained ground.

    Heading into Thursday's final round of single-elimination match play for the top 32 qualifiers, Williams is faced with a need to win not only the Senior Jackson Open, but next week's Senior Dayton Classic to have a chance to win Senior Player of the Year honors.

    2011PBASHarrySullins.jpgThe only other player with a mathematical chance in the Player of the Year race is Harry Sullins (left) of Chesterfield Township, Mich., who qualified third.

    Mohr, who has won three times in 2011, leads the points race with 78 points to Williams' 52 and Sullins' 48. Players are awarded 16 points for a title, 8 points for a second-place finish, 4 points for third and 2 points for fourth place, so a third-place finish by Mohr in would assure no less than a tie for the title with Williams and it would eliminate Sullins.

    Win or not, Williams is pleased with the year he has had, and how he's bowling in Jackson.

    "I threw the ball pretty firm, pretty straight today," he said. "I had a nice ball reaction today and yesterday going up and at the pins. I might have hooked the ball a little more today as the round progressed, but it was nothing excessive.

    2011PBASPeterKnopp.jpg2011PBASTomBaker.jpg"I've had a great year," the Ocala, Fla., resident said, "but a lot of guys have bowled very well against me in match play. It's just one of those things. But the way I've been bowling, I'm looking forward to bowling with the young guys again when the regular tour gets going in November."

    Four-time PBA Senior Player of the Year, Tom Baker (left) of King, N.C., was fourth with 3,699 and was followed by reigning PBA Senior Player of the Year, Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, with 3,689 and Germany's Peter Knopp (right) in sixth place with 3,612.

    Steve Easterday of Strasburg, Ohio, and Marc Lineberry of Camanche, Iowa were tied for the 32nd place with 3,334. Easterday defeated Lineberry, 183-181, in a roll-off to advance.

    Competition continues Thursday when the top 32 will compete in single-elimination match play leading to the championship. PBA.com's Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of all Thursday match play rounds.


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    PBA Senior Jackson Open - Second Round Results

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total. The top 32 advance to single-elimination match play. a-denotes amateur; s-denotes Super Senior.

    1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,813
    2, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,763
    3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,701
    4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,699
    5, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,689
    6, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,612
    7, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,558
    8, a-Rick Vittone, Canada, 3,556
    9, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,555
    10, a-Ken Wyatt, Sterling Hts., Mich., 3,529
    11, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,525
    12, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,512
    13, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,509
    14, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,468
    15, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,461
    16, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,457
    17, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,449
    18, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,443
    19, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,439
    20, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 3,432
    21, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 3,429
    22 (tie), Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,421
    24, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,410
    25, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,407
    26, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,400
    27, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,393
    28, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,366
    29, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,353
    30, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,343
    31, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,342
    32, x-Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,334
    Easterday defeated Lineberry, 183-181, in a roll-off for 32nd place.

    Missed Cut:
    33, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,334, $900
    34, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3,331, $900
    35, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,330, $900
    36, s-Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,326, $700
    37, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,322
    38, s-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,319, $700
    39, s-Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,312, $700
    40, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,311
    41, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,302
    42 (tie), Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., and a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,292
    44, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,288
    45, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 3,283
    46, s-John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,280, $700
    47, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,278
    48, Terry Wellman, Marengo, Ohio, 3,274
    49, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,273
    50, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,272
    51 (tie), Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., and s-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,270, $700
    53, s-Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,264, $700
    54, a-s-Victor Portalatin, Jackson, Mich., 3,254, $700
    55, a-Leo Scantamburlo, Riverview, Mich., 3,252
    56, a-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 3,243
    57, a-Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., 3,215
    58, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,202
    59, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,201
    60, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,194
    61, a-Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 3,184
    62, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,183
    63, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 3,170
    64, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,163
    65, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,162
    66, Gregg Schmied, Schererville, Ind., 3,157
    67 (tie), Scott Lindsey, Omaha, Neb., and David Goldenberg, Lake Grove, N.Y., 3,144
    69, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,139
    70, Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 3,133
    71, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 3,130
    72, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,123
    73, a-Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 3,108
    74, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 3,104
    75, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3,102
    76, a-Ed Goldberg, Grand Ledge, Mich., 3,099
    77, Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 3,093
    78, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,088
    79, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,087
    80, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,083
    81 (tie), Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 3,060
    83 (tie), Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,043
    85, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,040
    86, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,020
    87, Ernie Bourque, Acushnet, Mass., 3,010
    88, a-Lester Gentry, Hartland, Mich., 2,998
    89, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 2,989
    90, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 2,958
    91, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,947
    92, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 2,939
    93, a-Edward Vasas, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2,914
    94, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 2,911
    95, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2,899
    96, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,893
    97, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 2,880
    98, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 2,871
    99, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 2,834
    100, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,738
    101, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 2,684
    102, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,681
    103, a-Matt Bamburg, Winnebago, Ill., 2,474
    104, Dennis Weatherman, Coloma, Mich., withdrew
    105, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., withdrew