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Ron Mohr denied Walter Ray Williams Jr. a piece of history Tuesday night while moving closer to perhaps making history of his own.
Mohr defeated Williams, 279-215, to win the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic on Tuesday, keeping Williams from owning the outright record for career PBA50 Tour titles.
Williams sits in a tie at the top of the list with John Handegard at 14 titles. Mohr’s victory gives him 11 titles as he edges closer to the all-time record.
The top-seeded Mohr, 63, blew past Williams, 59, in the title match in Anderson, Indiana, striking on his first five shots before leaving a weak 10 pin. He wouldn’t miss again the rest of the match as he tallied 11 strikes.
Williams, meanwhile, pounded the pocket throughout the match but left six 10 pins in his 12 shots while striking on the rest.
Williams took down fellow PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent in the semifinal, 247-209, after Kent made a critical mistake in the eighth frame.
The match was close through the first seven frames before Kent got the ball high and left a 3-6-7-10 split, which he missed. Williams, who struck in seven of the first nine frames, just needed a mark with good count to lock up the win. He left a 10 pin in the final frame, converted it and struck on the fill to advance.
Kent rolled past third seed Lennie Boresch Jr., 278-185, in the second match of the stepladder finals. Boresch briefly held the led after Kent missed the 3-6-10 in the first frame but it wouldn’t hold.
Kent got lined up and went on a striking spree, rattling off 10 consecutive strikes before leaving a nine pin on the fill. Boresch, meanwhile, left the 4-7-10 split in the fourth and missed a 10 pin in the fifth as he fell behind by a large margin.
In the opening match of the stepladder, Kent took advantage of a pair of early opens by Ryan Shafer to take a 228-211 victory.
In the second frame, Shafer left a 3-4-6-10 split for an open and followed it up by leaving the 3-4-10 in the third frame to trail by 36 pins. That allowed Kent to coast to the victory.
The PBA50 Tour heads to Wyoming, Michigan, for the PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open from July 26-28. The event will be broadcast live exclusively on FloBowling.