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Walter Ray Williams Jr Back to list »

2008-09 Rank: 6
Exempt Thru: 2009-10
Career PBA 300 Games: 77
Earned Exemption: 2008-2009 title winner

Personal: Resides in Ocala with his wife Paige Pennington and 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.

2008-09: Set record for most consecutive years (16) winning a PBA Tour title by winning Lake County Golden Anniversary Championship…Cashed in all 21 events entered and made match play 17 times…Made four TV appearances which also included two seconds and a third…Averaged 221.27 (sixth)…Earned $99,680 (seventh).

Career: Owns 47 PBA Tour titles, the most in Tour history…Owns eight major titles, tied for second all time…Is a Tournament of Champions title away from joining Mike Aulby as the only bowlers to complete the “Super 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-tying six times (1986, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2003) and has won the George Young High Average Award and the Harry Smith Point Leader Award seven 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 career-best 10-match winning streak on TV over four events from Feb. 23-May 5, 1996…Owns 28 PBA Regional titles.

Career Standard Titles (39): 1986 - Peoria, Ill.; Baltimore, Md.; Edmond, Okla.; 1987 - Miami, Fla.; Edmond, Okla.; 1991 - Tokyo, Japan; 1993 - Erie, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas; Kennewick, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Tucson, Ariz.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Homestead, Fla.; 1994 - Las Vegas, Nev.; 1995 - Rochester, N.Y.; 1996 - Kennewick, Wash.; Las Vegas, Nev.; N. Brunswick, N.J.; Rochester, N.Y; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; 1997 - Austin, Texas; N. Brunswick, N.J.; Fairview Heights, Ill.; 1998 - Erie, Pa.; Coram, N.Y.; Bay City, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind.; 1999 - Tucson, Ariz.; 2000 - Canandaigua, N.Y.; N. Brunswick, N.J.; 2001-02 - Erlanger, Ky.; 2002-03 - Taylor, Mich.; 2003-04 - Tacoma, Wash.; 2004-05 - Wickliffe, Ohio; 2006-07 - Tokyo, Japan; 2007-08 - Taylor, Mich.; Wyoming, Mich.; 2008-09 - Lake County, Ind.; 2009-10 - Allen Park, Mich. (Motor City Open)

Career Major Titles (8): 1994 Touring Players Championship, Indianapolis, Ind.; 1998 BPAA U.S. Open, Milford, Conn.; 2001 PBA National Championship, Toledo, Ohio; 2003 U.S. Open, Fountain Valley, Calif.; 2003 PBA World Championship, Taylor, Mich.; 2004 Masters, Reno, Nev.; 2006 Denny's World Championship, Indianapolis, Ind.; 2010 - USBC Masters, Reno, Nev.

Awards: PBA Player of the Year (1986, '93, '96, '97, '98, 2002-03)… Harry Smith Point Leader Award (1993, '94, '96, '97, '98, 2002-03, 2007-08)… George Young High Average Award (1993, '96, '97, '98, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2007-08)… PBA President (1995-96 & 2001-02)… PBA Hall of Fame (1995)... USBC Hall of Fame (2005)...Ranked second to Earl Anthony on list of 50 Greatest Players in PBA History.

Walter Ray Williams Jr
Ocala, Fla.
Bowls:
Right
Joined PBA:
1980
DOB:
10/6/1959
Titles:
48
Career Earnings:
$4,075,072
Season Events Cashes Match Play TV Finals Titles Avg Earnings
Senior 2010 Season 1 1 1 1 1 243.69 $8,000.00
2009-2010 18 18 14 5 2 223.17 $149,670.00
2008-2009 21 21 17 4 1 221.27 $99,680.00
2007-2008 21 20 17 8 2 228.34 $144,220.00
2006-2007 19 19 14 5 1 226.37 $120,370.00
2005-2006 22 22 16 3 1 223.65 $183,500.00
2004-2005 21 21 18 5 1 227.07 $131,250.00
2003-2004 21 18 14 5 2 222.69 $233,950.00
2002-2003 20 19 19 11 3 224.58 $419,700.00
2001-2002 30 23 21 8 2 217.20 $164,450.00
2000 18 15 13 7 2 219.00 $102,693.00
1999 22 18 14 5 1 224.47 $90,215.00
1998 26 20 18 10 5 0.00 $231,400.00
1997 25 23 19 13 3 0.00 $227,994.00
1996 26 23 19 10 5 0.00 $239,630.00
1995 26 21 17 7 1 0.00 $148,270.00
1994 28 27 19 11 2 0.00 $198,470.00
1993 33 29 24 15 7 0.00 $290,510.00
1992 31 20 15 4 0 0.00 $70,620.00
1991 32 27 15 8 1 0.00 $119,740.00
1990 32 25 14 3 0 0.00 $73,120.00
1989 33 22 12 5 0 0.00 $96,572.00
1988 32 25 17 9 0 0.00 $131,465.00
1987 34 25 17 4 2 0.00 $141,443.00
1986 30 23 16 9 3 0.00 $142,970.00
1985 33 21 13 1 0 0.00 $49,900.00
1984 32 16 9 0 0 0.00 $31,835.00
1983 30 16 6 2 0 0.00 $31,585.00
1982 5 2 2 0 0 0.00 $1,825.00
1981 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 $25.00
Totals 725 580 430 178 48 - $4,075,072.00

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