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2017 Bowling US Open

The 2017 US Open is finished for me. I ended up 5 pins short of the top 36 after the 24 games. I just made too many bad shots on a challenging condition over the course of the tournament. I did pretty well on my spares, but did miss a 3-9 and a couple 3-6-9-10’s. What follows is what I see as a right hander. My opinion of the lane condition is that they didn’t want to make it too [...]

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A friendly Smile

Some spectators at Lane Glo North received a pleasant surprise last Sunday when they attended the ‘Cream of the Crop’ Mixed Doubles Event in New Port Richie, FL. “Are you Don Carter?” a gentleman who had been standing in the back said while tapping Don on the shoulder. This happened more than once while Don was watching his wife, Paula and Walter Ray compete. Don graciously greeted all of them with a big smile and a warm handshake. There was one [...]

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Long Time Friends

The horseshoe tournament, held April 6, 2002, at the Villages in Lady Lake, FL, brought Walter Ray together with some long-time friends – from both his worlds. Back: Mark Seibold, IN, Bill Roop, FL, Rene Cowan, VA, Ron Deckard, FL Front, Tournament winner, Warren Woolsey, IN, Walter Ray Williams, Jr, Jim Adcox, FL, Ed Napravnik, FL Mark Seibold, IN, and Rene Cowan, VA, both basically grew up with Walter Ray in the horseshoe world. The three of them began pitching as [...]

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Enjoy this little tale of Walter Ray – Home for the holidays . . .

Have you ever wondered what Walter Ray does when he has a break from travel on the PBA tour? He goes home to Florida where he’s surrounded by a beautiful golf course and weather that is suitable for pitching horseshoes out beside his pool. One would think that would be “the life”. Well, after a day or two of that, Walter Ray is ready to “go on vacation”. What? Where do you go on vacation when you’re already in a [...]

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It Started Out Fine, But…

Walter Ray pitched in his first horseshoe tournament at Elden Sarbaugh’s Indoor Horseshoe Courts in Adamsville Ohio on Saturday. He won his first four games pitching 87%, 90%, 82% and 70%. However, the last game he pitched poorly. He only managed to shoot 62% and lost to Brenda Tawney who pitched one of her best games of the day against him. Brenda won the tournament with a 73% average. Walter Ray finished second averaging 76.9%. For finishing second Walter Ray [...]

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Whatta’ Travel Day!

Travel day, getting from one tour stop to the next is always stressful– Sometimes more so than others. This past weekend, Latham, NY to Burlington, NC, was definitely, “one of those” for Walter Ray. The week in Latham had not been an easy one. Suffering from a bad cold, and then the pins didn’t cooperate, as Walter Ray would have liked. Coming off a big win in Toledo, making the cut, and finishing 17th was just a bit of a [...]

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Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Programmed For Success

Having begun February by capturing the PBA National Championship, Walter Ray Williams Jr. is now within one title of Mark Roth for second place on the PBA’s all-time list. His five Player of the Year citations keeps him one shy of all-time king Earl Anthony. Toss in several world horseshoe pitching titles, and it’s clear that the former Physics major in California State Polytechnic University, Pamona’s Class of 1984 has been programmed for success. A lesser known side of the most [...]

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Walter Ray at Play

Fans and “the curious” in Sebring Florida received an unsuspected surprise when they opened their newspapers Tuesday morning, March 13, 2001 and read “Renowned horseshoe pitcher coming” to compete at Lee Palmer Complex. The event, sponsored by the Highlands County Horseshoe Club was sanctioned by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and sponsored by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tee Shirt Company. The spectators began to gather around the fence shortly before 1pm when Walter Ray was scheduled to begin the [...]

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Walter Ray Puts On A Show In Beverly Hills

The weather was threatening, but it never rained a drop in Beverly Hills Florida on the afternoon of April 5. The threat of rain may have kept some folks away, but there was in the neighborhood of 50 people who took the chance and turned out. Many of the folks were from the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club, but some were bowling fans whom had heard that Walter Ray was going to be in town. The Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club had [...]

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PBA regional at the Naval Air Base in Jacksonville FL

This past weekend I bowled in the PBA regional at the Naval Air Base in Jacksonville FL, home of the Air Force Blue Angels. I don’t say this enough, thank you to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. I had a great look in practice and shot a no tap 900 in the pro-am. Unfortunately on Saturday my ball reaction was a bit different. They seemed tighter, but were also more wet/dry. I was very frustrated [...]

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