Home Center: Spanish Springs Lanes (The Villages, FL)
Age 57 - 10/6/1959
Career PBA 300 Games: 101
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…Serves as spokesperson for Ford Driving Skills For Life initiative...Voted as Athlon Sport's 25th-best two-sport athlete in 2014.
2016: Finished second in PBA Shark Championship losing to Francois Lavoie 204-196 in title match. With a win could have been oldest to win a PBA Tour title at age 57 years, 65 days...Also finished seventh in Cheetah Championship...Finished fourth in PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open losing to Kristopher Prather 224-191 in opening stepladder match...Won Decker Appraisal Services Trios Regional with Dick Allen and Dennis Lane to become first player to reach 100 combined career PBA titles.
Career: In 2016 won Decker Appraisal Trios regional with Dick Allen and Dennis Lanes to become first player to win 100 combined PBA titles (47 PBA Tour, 10 PBA50 Tour, 32 PBA Regional and 11 PBA50 Regional)...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...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.
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