By Don Wright

Spare Time

You might say that Walter Ray Williams, Jr. backed into the Player of the Year thanks to Pete Weber winning the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open, 268 – 224 over Mike Scroggins of Amarillo.

You might say that, but Williams led the points list, led the earnings list with nearly $150,000, topped the match play stats and championship round appearances and was the average leader with 223.17.

Now Williams, a PBA Hall of Famer, 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.

During the 2009-10 PBA Tour season Williams won two titles 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.

Williams shows no signs of slowing down on the national tour and I suspect he will dominate the senior tour. By capturing the Player of the Year honor for the seventh time he 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.

Military Bowling Championships - The 2011 MBC is the 54th annual event. It will be staged again at Gold Coast & Orleans Bowling Centers here in Las Vegas from January 16th through the Breakfast Awards Party on Jan. 21, 2011.

The event has been called the largest gathering of military personnel, both Active Duty and Retired, for a sporting event - anywhere in the world.

The event features 6-player Team, Doubles and Singles competition. There are optional Sweepers and a Mixed Doubles event as well - something for everyone including guests of the contestants. Entry fee is $160 per person which includes Team, Doubles, Singles & All-Events.

Texas Tournaments - The 78th Annual Texas State USBC Open Tournament is ongoing in Dallas and Plano. The Phat Five 2 from our association is fourth in Division 4 team event with a score of 2,739.

Patrick Johnson and Tony Hill are 3rd in division 3 doubles with 1,264.

In the singles event, Sandi Charles is sixth in Division 1 with 740. Division 2 has Robert Sanders in fifth with 688. James Daigle is fourth in Division 3 with a score of 659. Scott Huddleston is sixth in Division 3 with 651. Division 4 has Dubby Jourden seventh with 606, and Shaun Smith is fifth in Division 5 with 603.

In the Division 2 all events, sanders is third with 1,935. Jourden's 1,805 has him in fourth place in Division 4. Smith is fifth in Division 5 with 1,671.

Texas State Women's Tournament - The 73rd Women's championship tournament is underway in Austin and Bad Mojo from our association is third in Division 2 team event with a score of 3,219. Teacher's Pets rolled 3,328 for fifth in Division 4.

Sandy Monterde and Rachael Brown of the "Bowling Fukuda's" are in third place in Division 1 doubles with 1,255. Deborah Ellison and Debra Massey shot 1,275 for 8th place in Division 2. Division 2 singles has Ellison in eighth with 664 and Monterde is ninth with 661. Division 2 All events has Ellison in 2nd with 2,020 and Monterde eighth with 1,993. Crystal Wiley is 8th in division 3 all events with 2005 and Joe Ann Smith is fifth in Division 4 with 2,055.

USBC Women's Championship - Women bowlers from all over the United States and several foreign countries are experiencing the flavor of the Southwest in 2010. For the first time in the history of this event the USBC Women's Championships moves to an arena-like setting that will exceed their wildest expectations. Located in the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, the 2010 tournament will feature a format makeover from previous years, providing bowlers with a new tournament experience.

Past tournaments featured five average-based divisions. In 2010, the tournament will move to handicap competition, new divisions and more prize money than ever before.

Several of our local bowlers are there now competing and many more are scheduled.

See you on the lanes.

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