Bowling Greats To Face Off In Battle Of The GOATs

Three of the greatest bowlers of all time – Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke and Pete Weber – will compete for a $50,000 prize pool live on FloBowling in May.

The Battle of the GOATs presented by Granville Financial will take place May 7 at 3 p.m. Eastern at Sandhills Bowling Center in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with the winner taking home a $25,000 prize, runner-up $15,000 and third place $10,000.

Williams, Duke and Weber are widely considered three of the best bowlers in the history of the sport and are still active on the PBA and PBA50 Tours. Between them, they have an astonishing 154 combined PBA and PBA50 national titles and 266 titles when including regional wins.

The special Battle of the GOATs event will feature the three players bowling a three-game qualifying round followed by a stepladder. The qualifying leader will be the top seed while No. 2 and No. 3 will meet in the opening match. The entire competition will be broadcast live exclusively on FloBowling.

Blanchard "Bam" Granville, a long-time bowler and bowling fan, said he is organizing the event as a way to give back to three of bowling’s greats and offer them an opportunity to showcase their skills while playing for big money.

“I have been following these bowlers their whole career since I am an avid bowler and bowling fan,” Granville said. “As I was watching bowling on tv, I started noticing how Walter Ray, Pete and Norm still showed up from time to time – and of course to the enjoyment of all who watched. It amazed me along with everyone else how they were still winning after all these years.”

When it comes to national PBA Tour titles, the threesome occupy three of the top four spots. Williams is first with 47 titles, Duke is third with 40 and Weber is fourth with 37 titles. The late Earl Anthony has the second-most titles with 43.

Williams, 60, has 39 standard titles and eight major titles to his credit on the PBA Tour. He is also tied for the most PBA50 Tour titles in history with 14, a mark he tied last year. He has been the PBA Tour’s player of the year a record seven times and has nearly $5 million in career earnings.

Duke, 55, is still at the top of his game and had one of his best PBA Tour seasons in years in 2019, winning two titles and being amongst the top 10 in season earnings. He has won 33 standard and seven major titles and amassed nearly $3.7 million in career earnings.

Weber, 57, is one of the PBA’s most iconic figures and has won more than $4 million in his career. He has 27 standard and 10 major titles to his credit. Last year he won a PBA regional event to join Williams as the only players to win 100 career combined national and regional titles.

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