By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications
Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., used a fortunate strike in the final frame Friday to secure his first career United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters title.
The Hall of Famer carried a light shot that collapsed the 2-4-5 for a strike to defeat Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 240-219, to claim the title at South Point Bowling Center.
Heading into the final frame, Williams needed a strike to lock up the title or nine, spare, strike to secure at least a tie. Had he left anything less than nine on his first shot in the last frame, he would have lost.
"I thought I was going to leave the 2-4-5, and they just kept tumbling over," said Williams, who has 47 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles in his career. "To get a strike and win with a hit like that is just crazy. I don't think I've ever done that in a title match."
Jurek stepped up in the 10th frame first and got just enough to put the pressure on Williams, who finished the match last. But it wasn't enough, as Jurek fell short of the title and added a runner-up Senior Masters finish to his two runner-up finishes at the USBC Masters.
In the semifinal, Williams took down fifth seed Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., 237-214. Edwards defeated defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 237-209, and opened the stepladder with a 254-184 win over Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.
Williams earned $18,000 for the victory.
2014 USBC SENIOR MASTERS
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall (Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total)
ROUND 6 ELIMINATION BRACKET - (Losers eliminated, earn $2,500)
Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., def. Wayne Webb, Grove City, Ohio, 680-662
Ricky Woods, Whites Creek, Tenn., def. Toby Contreras, Lees Summit, Mo., 720-673
Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., def. Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 555-553
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., def. Rob Cline, Spokane, Wash., 682-643
ROUND 4 WINNERS BRACKET
Walter Ray Williams Jr. def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 815-683
Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., def. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 646-585
ROUND 7 ELIMINATION BRACKET - (Losers eliminated, earn $3,000)
Voss def. Woods, 825-579
Weber def. Brown, 685-631
ROUND 5 WINNERS BRACKET
(Winner top seed for stepladder, loser second seed)
Jurek def. Williams, 717-643
ROUND 8 ELIMINATION BRACKET
(Three highest scores advance to stepladder finals, high score is No. 3 seed, second high is No. 4, third high is No. 5, lowest score is eliminated, earns $3,500)
Weber 744, Monacelli 635, Edwards 618, Voss 595
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 477 (two games), $18,000
2, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 219 (one game), $9,000
3, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 705 (three games), $7,000
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann., Mo., 209 (one game), $5,000
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 184 (one game), $4,000
Match One - Edwards def. Monacelli, 254-184
Match Two - Edwards def. Weber, 237-209
Match Three - Williams def. Edwards, 237-214
Championship - Williams def. Jurek, 240-219
(BOLD = Storm and Roto Grip Athletes)