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PBA Hall of Famer wins third senior title and first senior major

LAS VEGAS (June 11, 2010) – Playing two entirely different shots in the championship match, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Mark Williams won the 2010 PBA Senior U.S. Open Friday at the Suncoast Bowling Center for his first major Senior Tour title.

Using the same ball and playing the right lane from an extreme outside angle and the left lane much farther inside, Williams defeated reigning Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle, River, Alaska, 198-181, to also win his third career Senior Tour title.

“I’m comfortable playing anywhere on the lane even in a one-game match, from the gutter to the sixth or seventh arrow,” said the 52-year-old Williams. “I wasn’t getting one good reaction on the championship pair so I practiced hitting the two- or three-board on the right lane and the third arrow on the left. My goal in practice is to focus on finding that one area of the lane that will get me to the pocket.”

Williams, of Beaumont, Texas, advanced to the championship match by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., in the semi-final 221-188.

The demanding Senior U.S. Open lane conditions and format were well-suited for Williams who bowled two 300 games, the only perfect games of the tournament.

“If I could design a tournament for the way I bowl, this would be it so I had a lot of confidence,” said Williams who earned $15,000 for the win. “I like a longer format and I don’t mind playing different areas of the lane.”

Williams, who finished third in last year's Senior U.S. Open, also owns seven Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles including the 1985 and 1988 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Williams impressed a lot people with the way he played the championship pair, especially Mohr.

“All I can say is that I’m very impressed—he did a phenomenal job,” Mohr said.

Mohr’s second-place finish broke a match play drought where he had not won a match in the first four tournaments of the season.

“Obviously I’m disappointed I didn't win but I’m encouraged with how I bowled overall here,” Mohr said. “I won some big matches to get this far. Hopefully I’ve turned the corner for the rest of the season.”

In the opening match, Ferraro defeated amateur and former touring player Don Moser of Murrieta, Calif., who was also competing in his first Senior Tour event, 194-177.

The U.S. Open format is one of the most demanding in the sport. To get to the championship round a bowler must advance through four qualifying rounds and three-match play rounds for a total of 51 games.

The Senior Tour moves across town for the second major of the season, the USBC Senior Masters at South Point Bowling Center June 13-18.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events and awarded over $4.3 million in prize money during the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA National Tour. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN throughout the season. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Bayer, Brunswick, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, One A Day Men’s 50+ Multivitamin, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information on the PBA, log on to their website.

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