Williams won the 99th tournament of his PBA career by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 268-258, in the title match of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Viper Championship, one of three regional events conducted as a prelude to Saturday’s final day of the World Championship.
“I never expected anything like this when my career started,” Williams said about approaching the 100 title mark. “I still enjoy competition as much as I ever have and I’ll keep doing it as long as I enjoy it.”
The Hall of Famer will have some work to do as he enters the match play portion of the World Championship in 23rd position but will have two six-game match play rounds to try and advance to the stepladder finals.
If he can win the World Championship it would mark his 100th PBA title. He holds the all-time lead in career PBA Tour titles with 47, 10 PBA50 Tour titles, 32 PBA regional and 10 PBA50 regional titles with his win Friday.
PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (right) hopes to ride the momentum of his win in the Scorpion Championship as he defeated Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, 213-191, in the title match for his second PBA50 regional title.
Bohn, who won last year’s Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open which was conducted as a standard PBA50 Tour event, enters World Championship match play in second with a 3,568 15-game pinfall total 17 pins behind tournament leader Ron Nelson Jr. of Bridgeview, Ill., who leads with 3,585. Nelson finished third in the Scorpion Championship and fourth in the Chameleon Championship Friday.
“Winning this Scorpion Championship was a good test for what I’ll need to do tomorrow so I’m pretty encouraged and it puts me in a good mindset,” Bohn said. “I had to do a little bit of everything, especially adjust my angles to the pocket and I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of that in (World Championship) match play.”
PBA50 Tour rookie Brian Kretzer (left) of Dayton, Ohio won the Chameleon Championship by defeating Australian senior standout Andrew Frawley in the title match 244-199. Kretzer, a one-time PBA Tour winner, won his second PBA50 regional title. Kretzer enters World Championship match play in fourth with a 3,519 pinfall.
Hall of Famer Pete Weber (right), who was also trying to reach the 100 PBA tournament title milestone Friday fell short finishing fourth in both the Viper and Scorpion Championships and sits at 98 just one short of Williams.
He will begin World Championship match play in third with a 3,566 pinfall. He will be trying for his third consecutive major and sixth win overall this season. His two major titles this year were the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global and the USBC Senior Masters both in June.
World Championship match play begins at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT) Saturday with the first round which will be followed by the second round at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT). After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT).
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2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $1,500
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $900
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $800
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $700
5, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, $600
Match One: Weber def. Carter, 221-198
Match Two: Williams def. Weber, 278-255
Semifinal: Williams def. Scroggins, 237-195
Championship: Williams def. Mohr, 268-258.
1, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $1,500
2, Andrew Frawley, Australia, $900
3, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., $800
4, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., $700
5, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., $600
Match One: Schissler def. Goergen, 223-216
Match two: Schissler def. Nelson, 223-216
Semifinal: Frawley def. Schissler, 237-223
Championship: Kretzer def. Frawley, 244-199.
1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $1,500
2, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, $900
3, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., $800
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $700
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $600
Match One: McCordic def. Monacelli, 194-189
Match Two: McCordic def. Weber, 258-182
Semifinal: McCordic def. Nelson, 232-227
Championship: Bohn def. McCordic, 213-191.
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