Walter Ray Chases More Records This Weekend

It’s a short turnaround this week as the PBA50 Tour quickly picks up and moves from Mooresville, North Carolina, to Trenton, New Jersey, starting Friday.

The PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300 will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday with all rounds being broadcast live on FloBowling.

Here are a few key points to get you ready for the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes Open:

Williams looks for more records

Now that Walter Ray Williams Jr. has won three consecutive events to open the PBA50 Tour season, it’s time to start talking about more records. And it begins with this weekend’s event.

With a fourth consecutive win, Williams would own the PBA50 Tour career titles record outright and would also match the record of four straight set by Pete Weber during the 2016 season.

Weber went on to win six times that season, setting the record for most wins in a season. Williams would move into a tie for second on that list with four should he win again.

Five other players have won four titles in a season, including Pete Couture (1998), Dale Eagle (1999), Bob Glass (2001), Tom Baker (2006) and Ron Mohr (2011).

Another one that is in Williams’ sight but still a long ways away is the PBA50 Tour season average record. Pete Weber averaged a record 234.79 during his incredible 2016 season. For 100 games in 2019, Williams is averaging 234.78 so far.

A look at the points list

We’re three events into the season and it should surprise absolutely no one who is leading the PBA50 Tour points list.

Williams has a perfect record this season and as a result has the maximum number of points available with 17,500 to lead the field by a large margin.

Defending PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. currently ranks second with 6,360 points, while 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair is third with 5,580.

Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli (5,530 points) and Norm Duke (5,150) rank next in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Danny Wiseman leads all PBA50 Tour rookies in sixth place with 4,965. Wiseman said before the season he was only committing to the first four events of the PBA50 season, so we will see if he decides to bowl more events on the heels of a second-place finish in Mooresville.

The format and lane conditions

In order to make the stepladder finals this weekend, players will need to survive 26 games of qualifying and match play to earn a spot in the top five.

All players will bowl two seven-game rounds of qualifying split across two squads. The first round takes place Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, while the second round begins at 8 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

The players ranked among the top third of the field will advance into match play Sunday with two rounds of six games each. The stepladder finals are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

As for the lane condition, this weekend the PBA Del Ballard pattern will be put out. It’s the shortest and flattest pattern so far this season on the PBA50 Tour with a length of 34 feet and a ratio of 1.70:1. The total volume of oil is 28.62 mL.

How to watch

The only place to watch the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes Open is live on FloBowling. Every round of the event from qualifying through the stepladder finals will be broadcast live with archives available immediately after each round ends.

What the schedule looks like

Here’s the schedule for this event, all times listed are Eastern:

Friday, May 3

12:30 p.m. - Qualifying Round 1, Squad A (seven games)
4:15 p.m. - Qualifying Round 1, Squad B (seven games)

Saturday, May 4
8 a.m. – Qualifying Round 2, Squad B (seven games)
11:45 a.m. - Qualifying Round 2, Squad A (seven games)

Sunday, May 5
10 a.m. – Match Play Round 1 (six games)
1:45 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (six games)
5:30 p.m. – Stepladder Finals

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