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Kevin October 11, 2007
Hi Walter Ray, I would like to know how i can get into the Pro Tour i'm shooting 198 avg haven't shot 300 but ihave 279,278 alot of times
I believe that the PBA has a 200 minimum average requirement to join, but you should be able to contact them through their website at www.pba.com. You can always bowl regional tournaments as a non member so that you can get an idea of how the competition is.
Mike May 26, 2007
Dear Walter Ray,
Why doesn't ESPN put a camera on the left side of the TV pair when one or
are bowling? It's a much better angle for viewers. I've heard many other
people complain about this on message boards. Even a stationary camera
would be better than nothing. E-mails to ESPN have been fruitless. Do you
think you can pull some strings and make this happen for next season? ;-)
Also, what do you think of the "Skills Challenge"? Pro bowlers throwing
balls 10 feet into the air over chairs can't be too good for the lanes,
right? Plus, it probably encourages kids to try these shots.
Thanks for your time.
Part of TV is about illusion. They don't want the TV cameras to be in the shot. Since the camera down the lane is on the right side of the lane, it would show any cameras on the left and vice versa, so they tend to keep all of the cameras on the right side since there are so many more right handed bowlers. I wish I had the ability to get ESPN and the PBA to do certain things, but I don't.
I am not a big fan of the 'Skills challenge'. It is all about TV. Most of those segments edit out 90% of the bad shots. And I am sure that bowling proprietors across the country cringe every time a ball is lofted past the arrows. But the PBA and ESPN don't really care about bowling centers across the country, they are trying to get people to watch bowling and a lot of people like the trick shots. Remember that most of those trick shots aren't made quite that often, but a few are.
Tim April 17, 2007
Hello Walter Ray!! Congrats on your 11th ! My Mom's a huge fan and wants to know what an "exemption" is and what it means. Thank you much. Peace...
Thanks! The PBA tour has around 15 'regular' tournaments on its schedule which goes from October to April. In these regular events, there are 64 spots available each week. 58 are given to exempt players. The others are earned through a qualifying tournament. So as an exempt player I don't need to qualify in the Tournament Qualifying Round (TQR) as I already qualified based on my performance in previous tour events (winning the 2006 Denny's World Championship).
Scott March 26, 2007
I have placed my vote so you can get into the Motel 6 Roll to Riches and take
home the BIG money.
Just curious what you thought about Hall of Famer Brian Voss no longer being
exempt...doesn't seem right to me.
I appreciate your voting for me. It was really great to be there!
Brian Voss has been a great player and an asset to the PBA tour. As we get older, we become less competitive. Brian struggled this year and didn't seem to be having much fun. He told me at the end of the season that he was ready to move on and do exhibitions and other things in the bowling world. I do think it is a shame that the PBA is now structured that a top 'retired' player such as Brian Voss, Mike Aulby, Dave Husted, Amleto Monacelli and other top career players aren't able to play in regular events except by bowling the TQR's. But that is the way it is and I have no power to change it. One of these days I won't be bowling well enough to compete out on tour and I don't think I will want to bowl on tour if I'm not able to be competitive. There are plenty of young players who are willing and ready to take our places.
Shawn March 26, 2007
I have recently applied for my PBA membership and am excited about persuing
bowling seriously. I recently competed in my first PBA regional tournament and
plan to bowl in many more, however with all the travel expenses and entry fees
involved, I'm curious how the average guy can hope to get good enough to earn a
living on limited time and budget. I'd love to quit my teaching job, but that
probably wouldn't be the smartest thing right now. If I had corporate backing,
it would be much easier I'm sure. How did you go about securing sponsors to
back you in the early days? Who should I talk to and what should I say? How
much should I ask for, and what am I legally allowed to offer in return? Thanks
in advance! Shawn
Getting financial backing is not easy. It is usually a "catch 22", as the better players are more likely to get them since they will have a better chance of cashing often. I wouldn't quit any job you have to pursue bowling full time unless you are able to finish in the top 8 at most every regional you bowl. Even then you might have a tough time making money unless you earned the exemption to go on tour. That is why most regional tournaments are held on the weekends. Legally if you get financial backing you don't have to give them much of a return.
Donna March 20, 2007
I would like to know how I would go about getting a pass to watch Walter Ray
I live in the Grand Rapids Michigan area, and I know he is bowling here this
weekend at Spectrum Lanes.
I am disabled and walk with a cane. But, I used to belong to the Ametuer
Bowlers Tour here in the Grand Rapids area, and it would be fantastic if I could
watch a Pro Bowler bowl.(especially Walter Ray)
Please reply as soon as possible.
I didn't get this message until early May. I hope you were able to get out to Wyoming and watch the bowling. It usually isn't tough to get tickets and you can usually get them at www.pba.com . Sorry, again, for the delay.
Joe March 10, 2007
I would like to bring my dad from Ohio to get Walter's autograph when he is in
Indy. Will he be providing autographs this week at the tournament?
I am sorry that I didn't receive this message sooner, but our system has some stopping points and I received this in early May. I do sign autographs when I am at tournaments. The best time to get an autograph is during the practice session the day before the tournament starts. I hope you were able to get some good autographs. I apologize, again, for the delay in getting back to you.
Elliott March 6, 2007
Dear Walter Ray,
My friends and I have never been to a PBA event. We just purchased tickets to the Pepsi Championship in Indianapolis on March 18. We got the 60 dollar section A tickets. We were wondering about how early we have to get their to get a first or second row seat. If you would help us out we would greatly appreciate it.
Well, what can I say? We got WAY behind on questions! Sorry for the delay in answering you. I sure hope you got your seats. Sorry again.
Brian February 28, 2007
Mr. Williams, when did you pick up the Big Four?
I have picked up the 'Big Four' several times, but the most notable was a couple of years ago on TV when we bowled in the Atlanta area.
Michael February 22, 2007
First off let me express what a joy it is to watch you on tv. As a bowler who has just begun bowling I have learned so much watching you and really appreciate the sacrifices you make to be on tour!
My question is this, I enjoy most the 5 person step-ladder format. Which of the current players on tour would you want to face if you were the 5th seed and had to climb the mountain to the top??
Thanks again, and thank you too Paige!
All of the players on tour are very good. At any given time they are capable of beating me, and me them. I don't really care who I would bowl on TV. I look forward to trying to beat them all.
Scott February 23, 2007
Hey WRW- in the stepladder TV format do you find it advantageous to be the #1 seed or do you prefer to get a better read on the lanes by seeded #2 or #3?
In a step ladder format I would rather be the #1 seed as the other players all have to win their first game (or more) to get to the title match. If the #1 seed wins one game, he is the champion!
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