The second qualifying round at the PBA Senior Decatur Open was held on Monday, Aug. 13, in Decatur, IL. Since this the last tournament of the PBA Senior Tour season, all of the great bowlers are looking to end their season on a high note. Harry Sullins is currently leading the tournament, but the biggest story of this tournament is the battle for PBA Senior Player of the Year. The award are seeing a heated battle between two bowlers, and will not be decided until the end of the PBA Senior Decatur Open.
There were 115 bowlers all looking to add a title before the season is over, and they all completed two rounds of qualifying consisting of eight games each. After the 16 games were completed on Monday, the field was cut to the top 32 bowlers. The top 32 bowlers will compete in elimination match play bowling until there is only one bowler left standing holding the trophy.
The biggest story heading into this tournament was the battle for the PBA Senior Player of the Year award. Walter Ray Williams Jr, Mike Edwards and Hugh Miller were all in contention of the award. Miller was only able to finish in 38th place in qualifying, which eliminated him from contention for the award. Edwards and Williams have both qualified in the top eight and will receive two byes in the match play round. If Edwards wants to win the award, then he must win the PBA Senior Decatur Open and hope Williams does not finish in second or third place. With both bowlers bowling so well right now, anything is possible in the final round.
I thought that Walter Ray Williams Jr had this award locked up a few tournaments ago. He was just bowling so much better than every other bowler, it seemed like he was always finishing in the top five. Mike Edwards has gotten off to a great roll after getting a late start to the season. If he would have bowled every tournament this season, then this race would be much closer. I will be shocked if Edwards ends up winning the award because of the deficit he has to make up in the last few weeks. It does not get much better than this when it comes to bowling, and I am looking forward to see the final results of the PBA Senior Decatur Open and the PBA Senior Player of the Year award.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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