Canton, Ga.  – Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 289-236, winning the PBA50 Canton South Open at Cherokee Lanes on Sunday, improving his all-time PBA titles record to 33.

Baker qualified in fourth place for the stepladder finals with a 4-4 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,698 pins, which included match play bonus pins. Baker won three consecutive matches to earn the $2,000 first prize. Williams posted a 7-1 match play record and had 3,893 pins to qualify first, 119 pins ahead of Amleto Monacelli, but had to settle for the $1,000 second-place prize.

In the first stepladder match, Baker tied James Lord of Fort Mill, S.C. with scores of 237. The match went into a sudden death roll-off, with Baker winning 30-29. Baker then defeated PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela by one pin, 279-278, to advance to the championship match.

The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA Fayetteville Open in Fayetteville, N.C., Oct. 16-18. 
    
PBA50 CANTON SOUTH OPEN
Cherokee Lanes, Canton, Ga., Sunday

Final Standings: 1, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., $2,000. 2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $1,000. 3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $850. 4, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., $800. 

Stepladder Results: 
Match One – Baker def. Lord 237-237, 30-29
Semifinal Match – Baker def. Monacelli, 279-278. 
Championship – Baker def. Williams, 289-236.

Final Match Play Standings (after 16 games) 

  1. Williams, 7-1, 3,893.  
  2. Monacelli, 3-5, 3,774.
  3. Lord, 6-2, 3,724.
  4. Baker, 4-4, 3,698.
  5. Jerry Horn, Lexington, S.C., 6-2, 3,661, $725.
  6. Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 2-6, 3,652, $675.
  7. Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 5-3, 3,641, $625.
  8. Gary Alstott, Washington, ILL., 5-3, 3,640, $600.
  9. Dan Knowlton, Dade City, Fla., 5-3, 3,637, $575.
  10. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-4, 3,624, $535.
  11. Mike Preston, Gainesville, Fla., 3-5, 3,579, $530
  12. Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 5-3, 3,562, $525
  13. Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., 3-4-1, $3,494, $520.
  14. Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2-5-1, 3,466, $515.
  15. Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-5, 3,359, $510.
  16. David Bowers, Friendsville, Tenn., 0-8, $505.

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