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Walter Ray Williams Jr. still amazes at age 52

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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:30 am

Can Walter Ray Williams Jr. win any more awards? The man has won 47 titles and over $4 million in career earnings since joining the Professional Bowlers Association in 1980.

The 52-year old right- hander won team and doubles gold and trios silver in the 2011 PABCON Championships; is a four-time Team USA member; a seven-time Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year; won the George Young Memorial High Average Award for a record eighth time with 222.89; owns 30 PBA Regional titles; was selected 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year and this year he was honored as the Senior Player of the Year.

His trophy case must have its own room in his Ocala, Fla., home, housing eight major title trophies and seven ESPY awards. He is a member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame.

Williams feels comfortable bowling on the PBA50 (formerly the Senior Tour) and thinks he can be more competitive.

He’s amazing, and I suspect we will see him bowl the National Tour and the PBA50.

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Dave Soutar retired from bowling after more than a half-century of PBA competition. The 72-year-old won 18 titles on the PBA Tour and seven on the Senior Tour. Soutar began his career in 1961, and in only his fifth tournament as a professional, he won a major — the PBA National Championship.

The PBA Hall of Famer capped his career as the all-time leader in earnings as a PBA Senior player. The seven-time Senior Tour champion finished his career with a total of $586,120 in earnings in Senior Tour and Senior Regional competition. He competed in  a record 259 Senior Tour events.

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The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association has posted the results of the 3-6-9 tournament held last weekend. Capturing first place with a 728 series was Lewis Stansbury. Just nine pins back in second place was Phillip Thurston with 719.

A complete list can be found at www.bowlkilleen.com.

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Oops! That’s all I can say along with an apology. I got several emails regarding my column from last week and my coverage of the Killeen Open, hosted by Hallmark Lanes. If you want to know who reads your writings, just omit someone from your column and you will find out quickly.

My apology goes out to Karin Ciesiolka for forgetting she competed in that event. I originally wrote that Sandi Charles was the only local female to compete.

Karin, who has a 204 book average, is the head coach for the Ellison High School bowling teams. She comes from a large family of bowlers and it helps that her dad, Dick Atkinson, is the proprietor of Hallmark Lanes.

I suspect she will be practicing all year for next year’s Killeen Open.

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The Killeen Open has been a popular stop for professionals in the Southwest Region. Mark Scroggins has competed in all 16 events, as has David Anthony. Rick Lawrence has only missed one event.

Unfortunately, with many overseas tournaments and an expanded PBA schedule, many of the regulars are having scheduling conflicts. However, the Killeen Open brings the best bowlers in the world to our city and they are appreciative of the support.

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The fall league season has started and the Phantom Warrior Oldtimers will start competition Thursday at 11 a.m. If the rumors are true, they expect 26 teams with many new bowlers.

I have been practicing regularly with my teammates and hopefully all of us will do better than last year. Last year we didn’t realize spares were important. Who knew?

Several leagues have started at Killeen Bowlerama and there have been some high scores rolled. If you’re a Facebook user, Bowlerama posts the scores daily to beef up the egos.

Hallmark Lanes has done it again — more renovations. One of the things that aggravates bowlers is dirty, poorly maintained restrooms. Hallmark has completely re-done the restrooms and they are exceptionally well-maintained. You would never know the center is 25 years old.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com.

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