Bowling Legend Walter Ray Williams Jr. Visits WatertownPosted: Updated: Apr 08, 2018 08:45 PM
An imposing figure on the lanes. Walter Ray Williams Jr., considered by many experts of the sport as the best ever made a visit to Plamor Lanes in Watertown Sunday morning for a meet and greet.
"I'm here bowling at the Masters Tournament down in Syracuse and called some local bowling centers to see if they were interested in me and they said, 'yeah, come on up to Watertown'. So here I am, meeting some of the local folks and trying to bowl with them. They put me on the toughest pair in the house for some reason but I'm having fun and people seem really nice and we're having alot of fun bowling," said Williams.
A 7 time Professional Bowling Association Player of the Year, Williams knew he could possibly make a living in the sport in his early 20's.
"I was probably, you know, when I was about a year or two from graduating college and I had been bowling local professional tournaments and started bowling really well in the tournaments. I had already been a World Horseshoe Champion, so I knew I had some talent, but I didn't know if it was gonna translate into bowling or not. And I started bowling pretty decent in some of the tournaments and actually making a little money at it and when I got finished with my college education, I decided to try the bowling tour and fortunately it's worked out very well for me," said Williams.
He's a little surprised where the sport has taken him after all these years.
"I had no idea, at one time I thought I might be the best horseshoe pitcher ever but that hasn't happened. But I was a pretty good horseshoe player at one time, not as much anymore, but I know alot of people consider me one of the best ever in bowling, I appreciate that. I'm just happy to be able to do something I enjoy and have fun doing it," Williams stated.