Mooresville, N.C. – Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Virginia, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., of Oxford, Florida, 2-1, in a best of three games championship to win the PBA50 Mooresville Convention Center & Visitors Bureau South Open at Victory Lanes on Sunday.

Faulkner, who won $2,000 along with his third career regional title, found himself down ten pins in the seventh frame of the deciding game. He came back stringing together five consecutive strikes to lock out Williams Jr. in the tenth frame to win 236-213.

Faulkner also took Williams Jr. in game one, 242-215, while Williams Jr. took game two, 214-277.

Williams Jr. collected $1,000 as the runner-up.

In the best of three semifinal round, Faulkner defeated Mike Byers of Charleston, South Carolina, 2-0, while Williams Jr. disposed of Ralph Brunt Jr. of Jensen Beach, Florida, 2-1.

The tournament drew 69 age 50-and-older players. The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA Timmy See Memorial Member/Nonmember Doubles in Yulee, Florida Dec. 4-6.

Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Sunday

Championship (best of three games):
Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va. ($2,000) def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. ($1,000), 2-1.

Semifinal Round (best of three games, losers earned $725):
Faulkner def. Byers, Charleston, S.C., 2-0.
Williams Jr. def. Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2-1.

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $625 each): Brunt Jr. def. Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2-1.
Williams Jr. def. Chuck Richey Jr., Concord, N.C., 2-0.
Faulkner def. Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2-1.
Byers def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.

Round of 12 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $550 each):
Brunt Jr. def. Troy McKinney, Yorktown, Va., 2-1.
Williams Jr. def. Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 2-0.
Thomas def. Jerry Horn, Lexington, S.C., 2-1.
T. Baker def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2-1.

Round of 16 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $500 each):
McKinney def. Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 2-0.
Williams Jr. def. Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2-0.
Thomas def. Greg Wilson, Warrenton, Va., 2-1.
Gallo Jr. def. Rick Galpal, Lenoir City, Tenn., 2-0.

300 Game: Jeff Bellinger, Mike Byers (2).