SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 21, 2021) – Mike Byers of Charleston, South Carolina, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. to win the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg Open at Paradise Lanes on Sunday.

Byers, who won $2,300 and his second official career PBA regional title did it in grand fashion doubling in the tenth frame to win the final match against Williams 224-213. Williams pocketed $1,200 as the runner-up.

In the semifinals, Byers defeated Dave Kneas of Annapolis, Md., 264-203, while Williams disposed of Glenn Smith of New York, 255-225.

The tournament drew eighty 50-and-older players. The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA Coatings Solutions Open on Sunday, Feb. 28 in Brandon, Fla.

Paradise Lanes, Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday

Mike Byers, Charleston, S.C. ($2,300) def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. ($1,200), 224-213.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $1,000):
Byers def. Dave Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 264-203.
Williams Jr. def. Glenn Smith., New York, 255-225.

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $825 each):
Byers def. Dick Gran, Bradenton, Fla., 2-1.
Kneas def. Greg Wilson, Warrenton, Va., 2-1.
Smith def. Chuck Walker, Rutledge, Tenn., 2-1.
Williams def. James Lord, Charlotte, N.C., 2-0.

Round of 12 (total pinfall three games, losers eliminated and earned $675 each):
Gran def. Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 2-0.
Kneas def. Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-1.
Williams def. Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 2-0.
Smith def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.

Round of 16 (total pinfall three games, losers eliminated and earned $570 each):
Gran def. Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2-1.
Kneas def. Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 2-0.
Williams def. Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2-0.
Smith def. Craig Auerbach, Destin, Fla., 2-0.

300 Game: James Lord