The PBA announced the updated standings for the PBA Senior Player of the Year award on Thursday, July 26, and Walter Ray Williams Jr is currently holding a commanding lead. The PBA Senior Tour has completed seven of their nine tournaments this year, so Williams is only a few weeks away from claiming the prestigious award. While Williams is currently holding a huge lead in the race for the award, there is still a slim chance that Amleto Monacelli or Mike Edwards can surpass him in the final two tournaments.
Every bowler that finishes in the top five in any PBA Senior Tour earns Player of the Year points based on where they finished. The bowler with the most points at the end of the year will win the prestigious award. With only two tournaments remaining, Williams currently holds a 16 point lead over Amleto Monacelli and Mike Edwards. 16 Player of the Year points are awarded to winner of every tournament, so Monacelli or Edwards will have to win one of the final two tournaments if they want to win the award. Walter Ray Williams has earn his lead through consistent finishes in the top five, and by being the only bowler on the Senior Tour that owns more than one title. Monacelli and Edwards earn their place in the standings by having great performances in the two major tournaments, where Player of the Year points are doubled.
Walter Ray Williams Jr is considered to be the greatest bowler of all-time, so it is not shocking to see him have a chance to win this award. I am not the biggest Walter Ray Williams Jr fan, but I have been glad to see him bowling great on the Senior Tour. Williams is coming off his two worst seasons on the PBA Tour, so it is nice to see that he is capable of bowling at a high level. Walter Ray Williams Jr was the face of the PBA for many years, and the sport is much better off when he is winning tournaments. Hopefully, he will be able to continue the great bowling into the start of the PBA Tour season later this year.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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