Walter Ray Williams Jr.

 

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Oxford, Fla.

Home Center: Spanish Springs Lanes (The Villages, FL)

Age 56 - 10/6/1959

Career PBA 300 Games: 101

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

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Joined
1980
Titles*
47
Tour Earnings
$4,561,084.40
Total Earnings
$4,561,084.40

Personal: Resides in Oxford, Fla. has one daughter, Rebecca…Nickname is Deadeye for his accuracy in bowling and horseshoes…Six-time world horseshoe pitching champion and member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association Hall of Fame…Graduated from Cal-Poly Pomona in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in physics…Has his own fan club, Dead-Eye Diehards, and website, www.walterray.com… Likes to play chess and golf…Has a 3 handicap in golf…Member of Dream Team Team USA…Four-time Team USA member including 2011...Won team and doubles gold and trios silver in 2011 PABCON Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico...Became first PBA member ever to represent the United States in QubicaAMF World Cup in 2009...Serves as spokesperson for Ford Driving Skills For Life initiative...Voted as Athlon Sport's 25th-best two-sport athlete in 2014.

2016: Won season opening 2016 PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open beating Norm Duke 245-225 in title match.

Career: In 2011-12 season failed to make a TV final breaking record streak of 26 seasons making at least one TV show...Rebounded on 2012 Senior Tour season winning Don Carter Memorial Senior Tour title...Streak of record 17 consecutive seasons with at least one title ended in 2010-11 season...Won 44th PBA Tour title in Great Lakes Classic in December of 2007 to become career titles leader eclipsing Earl Anthony's career mark of 43 titles. He tied Anthony's mark earlier in the season by winning the Motor City Classic...In 2009-10 season at age of 50, made a sweep of every major statistical category during the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season en route to a record seventh Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year honor. Earned a record eighth Harry Smith Point Leader award…Won two titles — Motor City Open and his second USBC Masters to extend his all-time career titles record to 47…Masters title was his eighth major…Led Tour in earnings for record seventh time with $152,670…Won George Young Memorial High Average Award for a record eighth time with 222.89…Is a Tournament of Champions title away from joining Mike Aulby as the only bowlers to complete the “Grand Slam,” a win in all five PBA majors…Holds both the single-season earnings record with $419,700 in 2002-03…Holds career earnings record as the first and only player to surpass the $4 million milestone…Has won the PBA Player of the Year a record seven times (1986, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2003, 2009-10) and has won the George Young High Average Award and the Harry Smith Point Leader Award eight times each, both PBA records …Has won the PBA National/World Championship three times (2001, ’03 and ‘06), the U.S. Open twice (1998, 2003), the 1994 Touring Players Championship and 2004 and 2010 USBC Masters titles…Had a 10-match winning streak on TV over four events between Feb. 23-May 5, 1996…In 2012-13, finished third in Chameleon Championship marking a return to a TV final for the first time in more than a season. Lost to eventual winner Scott Norton in semifinal match 236-195...Surpassed 5 million lifetime pinfall mark...Owns 32 PBA regional titles and 10 PBA50 Regional titles…Won his first PBA50 Tour title in his debut event as a Senior (Mooresville Miller High Life Senior Classic, May 2010)...Won two titles in 2012 on his way to first PBA50 Player of the Year crown...Won second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown in 2013 with the help of three wins...2010 PBA50 Rookie of the Year...One of four players to earn PBA and PBA50 Player of the Year honors...Defeated Jack Jurek 240-219 to win 2014 USBC Senior Masters title for first PBA50 major...Defeated Tom Baker 268-224 to win 2014 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open for ninth career PBA50 Tour title...Had fourth place finish in 2015 Badger Open for first TV appearance in more than two years.

Career Statistics

Season* Events Cashes Match Play CRA Titles Avg Earnings
2016 8 5 4 0 0 219.57 $51,757.50
PBA50 2016 12 12 11 0 1 226.61 $28,050.00
PBA50 2015 11 11 8 0 0 222.05 $22,100.00
2015 17 10 8 2 0 220.08 $61,810.00
PBA50 2014 11 11 11 4 2 232.14 $44,230.00
2014 13 4 3 1 0 214.32 $76,660.00
PBA50 2013 11 11 8 7 3 229.46 $41,175.00
2012-2013 23 10 5 2 0 221.17 $30,529.90
Senior 2012 9 9 8 5 2 233.41 $35,900.00
2011-2012 14 9 1 0 0 213.90 $12,650.00
Senior 2011 11 10 10 5 1 229.56 $37,400.00
2010-2011 12 7 3 0 0 214.23 $24,200.00
Senior 2010 6 6 6 4 1 225.49 $24,550.00
2009-2010 19 19 15 5 2 222.92 $152,670.00
2008-2009 21 21 17 4 1 221.27 $99,680.00
2007-2008 21 20 17 8 2 228.34 $144,220.00
2006-2007 19 19 14 5 1 226.37 $120,370.00
2005-2006 22 22 16 3 1 223.65 $183,500.00
2004-2005 season 21 21 18 5 1 227.07 $131,250.00
2003-2004 season 21 18 14 5 2 222.69 $233,950.00
2002-2003 season 20 19 19 11 3 224.58 $419,700.00
2001-2002 season 30 23 21 8 2 217.20 $164,450.00
2000 season 18 15 13 7 2 219.00 $102,693.00
1999 season 22 18 14 5 1 224.47 $90,215.00
1998 season 26 20 18 10 5 0.00 $231,400.00
1997 season 25 23 19 13 3 0.00 $227,994.00
1996 season 26 23 19 10 5 0.00 $239,630.00
1995 season 26 21 17 7 1 0.00 $148,270.00
1994 season 28 27 19 11 2 0.00 $198,470.00
1993 season 33 29 24 15 7 0.00 $290,510.00
1992 season 31 20 15 4 0 0.00 $70,620.00
1991 season 32 27 15 8 1 0.00 $119,740.00
1990 season 32 25 14 3 0 0.00 $73,120.00
1989 season 33 22 12 5 0 0.00 $96,572.00
1988 season 32 25 17 9 0 0.00 $131,465.00
1987 season 34 25 17 4 2 0.00 $141,443.00
1986 season 30 23 16 9 3 0.00 $142,970.00
1985 season 33 21 13 1 0 0.00 $49,900.00
1984 season 32 16 9 0 0 0.00 $31,835.00
1983 season 30 16 6 2 0 0.00 $31,585.00
1982 season 5 2 2 0 0 0.00 $1,825.00
1981 season 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 $25.00

*Note: Statistics will be updated for each tournament after it airs on television. Click here for the PBA Tour TV schedule.

Titles and Achievements

Career Standard Titles (39)

1986 - Peoria, Ill.
Baltimore, Md.
Edmond, Okla.
1987 - Miami, Fla.
Edmond, Okla.
1991 - Tokyo, Japan
1993 - Erie, Pa.
San Antonio, Texas
Kennewick, Wash.
Portland, Ore.
Tucson, Ariz.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Homestead, Fla.
1994 - Las Vegas, Nev.
1995 - Rochester, N.Y.
1996 - Kennewick, Wash.
Las Vegas, Nev.
N. Brunswick, N.J.
Rochester, N.Y
Mechanicsburg, Pa.
1997 - Austin, Texas
N. Brunswick, N.J.
Fairview Heights, Ill.
1998 - Erie, Pa.
Coram, N.Y.
Bay City, Mich.
Indianapolis, Ind.
1999 - Tucson, Ariz.
2000 - Canandaigua, N.Y.
N. Brunswick, N.J.
2001-02 - Erlanger, Ky.
2002-03 - Taylor, Mich.
2003-04 - Tacoma, Wash.
2004-05 - Wickliffe, Ohio
2006-07 - Tokyo, Japan
2007-08 - Taylor, Mich.
Wyoming, Mich.
2008-09 - Lake County, Ind.
2009-10 - Allen Park, Mich. (Motor City Open)
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Career Major Titles (8)

1994 Touring Players Championship, Indianapolis, Ind.
1998 BPAA U.S. Open, Milford, Conn.
2001 PBA National Championship, Toledo, Ohio
2003 U.S. Open, Fountain Valley, Calif.
2003 PBA World Championship, Taylor, Mich.
2004 Masters, Reno, Nev.
2006 Denny's World Championship, Indianapolis, Ind.
2010 - USBC Masters, Reno, Nev.

Career Standard PBA50 Tour Titles (9)

2010 – Mooresville, N.C.
2011 - Allentown, Pa.
2012 - Winter Garden, Fla.
Brentwood, Calif. 2013 - The Villages, Fla.
Brentwood, Calif.
Hammond, Ind.
2014 - Welch, Minn.
2016 - Pasco County, Fla.

Career Major PBA50 Tour Titles (1)

2014 -USBC Senior Masters, Las Vegas.

Awards:
PBA Player of the Year (1986, '93, '96, '97, '98, 2002-03, 2009-10)
Harry Smith Point Leader Award (1993, '94, '96, '97, '98, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2009-10)
George Young High Average Award (1993, '96, '97, '98, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2009-10)
PBA President (1995-96 and 2001-02)
PBA Hall of Fame (1995)
... USBC Hall of Fame (2005)
...Ranked second to Earl Anthony on list of 50 Greatest Players in PBA History (2009)
...2010 PBA50 Rookie of the Year...2012 and 2013 PBA50 Player of the Year...Seven-time Bowling ESPY Award winner.

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