Fayetteville, N.C. (Mar. 14, 2021) – Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, defeated Dave Johnson of Ashtabula, Ohio in the championship match on Sunday’s PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes to win his record-breaking 119th PBA title. Williams won by 12 pins, 257-245.

Both players started out strong in the final match, with Johnson rolling a five bagger and Williams with seven straight strikes. William’s lead was too much for Johnson to overcome, with Williams securing the win with a double in the tenth frame.

Johnson, who qualified in the number two position in the 16-man bracket elimination finals secured two byes and faced Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y. in the semifinal match and won 239-207 to advance to the finals.

In the other semifinal match Williams faced the number one qualifier from Yorktown, Va., Troy McKinney, who gave Williams a run, but he prevailed with a 289-257 win.

Williams received $2,200 for his 119th overall title, which includes wins from the PBA National Tour, PBA50 National Tour and PBA Regional titles combined.

Johnson earned $1,200 for his second-place finish, while McKinney and Herrington each took home $1,000.

The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA50 Lehigh Lanes Open in Lehigh, Fla., April 14-16.

Lafayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday

Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. ($2,200) def. Dave Johnson, Ashtabula, Ohio ($1,200), 257-245.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $1,000):
Johnson def. Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 239-207.
Williams Jr. def. Troy McKinney, Yorktown, Va., 289-257.

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $800 each):
Johnson def. Mike Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 2-0.
Herrington def. Gordon Hope III, Chesapeake, Va., 2-0.
McKinney def. Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-0.
Williams def. James Lord, Charlotte, N.C., 2-0.

Round of 12 (total pinfall three games, losers eliminated and earned $700 each):
S. Baker def. Dennis Carlin, Sharpsburg, Ga., 2-0.
Lord def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-0.
Herrington def. Michael Painter, Moore, S.C., 2-1.
Houtz def. Glenn Smith, N.Y, 2-0.

Round of 16 (total pinfall three games, losers eliminated and earned $600 each):
Carlin def. Del Nusbaum, Great Mills, Md., 2-1.
Lord def. Bill Glazier, Hampton, Va., 2-0.
Herrington def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 2-0.
Smith def. Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2-0.

300 Game: Ken Gibson