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Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins PBA50 South Shore Open

Walter Ray Williams Jr. poses with his trophy after winning PBA50 finals OlympiLanes Wednesday August 8 2013. | Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times

Walter Ray Williams Jr. poses with his trophy after winning the PBA50 finals at Olympia Lanes on Wednesday August 8, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 10, 2013 6:36AM



HAMMOND — Over the course of his 25-plus years on the national tour, PBA all-time titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. has locked up many championships while his opponent fell short in the 10th frame.

During Thursday’s night championship round of the PBA50 South Shore Open, Williams had a most unique title experience as he watched his opponent and fellow PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams wind up with a 7-10 split on his first shot in the 10th frame when he needed a strike to almost close out the match.

The split allowed Williams Jr. to capture a 217-198 victory for his second consecutive PBA50 title, his third of the season — giving him an 18-point lead over Amleto Monacelli for PBA50 Bowler of the Year. With the win, he tied late Hall of Famer and 43-time national champion Earl Anthony with seven senior national titles.

“Mark bowled a great game,” said Williams Jr., the defending PBA50 Bowler of the Year. “He threw some good shots at the end. That last shot could have been a strike, but that’s a part of bowling. You have to get some breaks sometimes to win.

“It didn’t look like earlier that I was getting the good breaks, I would up getting a real good break in the end. It wasn’t a horrible game for me, by any means.”

Williams Jr., who also captured a PBA national title at Olympia during the 2008 Lake County Golden Anniversary Championship, defeated fellow Hall of Famer and 13-time PBA national champion Randy Pedersen 244-199, highlighted by nine strikes, in his semifinal match.

“I only had one tap against Randy,” Williams Jr. said. “I have six taps against Mark, and I still win. It’s nice to win two championship in a row, but still have two more tournaments to go.”

Williams, who won at Olympia in 2008 and 2009, defeated tournament leader Pete Weber 267-199 in his semifinal. Williams struck nine times in the match, while Weber started the match with an uncharacteristic gutter ball and then opened in the third and sixth frames.

Williams said he was optimistic on the 10th-frame shot against Williams Jr.

“I threw the ball where I wanted to,” Williams said. “If I had rolled it a little bit better, I think it would have hooked flush in the pocket like the other shots did. Maybe that’s just part of being in a pressure situation. I could have struck, and I could have got. I guess I got eight.

“I tried a different ball (against Pete Weber) that hadn’t seven seen three league games; I got especially lucky because Pete played the lanes wrong. I used a Totally Defiant in the last five frames against Walter Ray.”



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