The purpose of this award is to honor a bowler for outstanding accomplishments during a calendar month.
Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Oxford, Florida, has been selected the October 2020 Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.
Williams, Jr. won two PBA50 regionals in October, the PBA50 Timber Lanes East Open in Oxford, Pennsylvania, and the PBA50 AMF Mechanicsville South Open in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Those two wins are the 116th and 117th in his remarkable PBA career, the most tournament wins by any PBA player.
The PBA Hall of Famer won five of eight match play games in the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open win over Troy Lint, Blanton, Florida, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, New York. In his second win of the month, Williams, Jr. won all twelve match play games in the PBA50 AMF Mechanicsville South Open, outdistancing runner-up Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Virginia, and fellow PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, King, North Carolina.
Others obtaining votes in voting this month were Jason Belmonte, winner of the Storm World Series of Bowling (WSOB) PBA Chameleon Championship, Sean Rash, winner of the Storm WSOB PBA Cheetah Championship, Jakob Butturff, winner of the PBA Odessa Southwest Super Open, Carsten Hansen, winner of the WSPB PBA Scorpion Championship, and Anthony Neuer, winner of the PBA AMF Strathmore Lanes East Open.
About the IBMA: Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) promotes bowling journalism as a career choice to youth bowlers throughout America and provides awards and recognition to professional and amateur bowlers, industry volunteers, and bowling writers. The IBMA was formed when the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) and the National Women Bowling Writers (NWBW) merged into one group in 2007, forming the new BWAA. The name was changed in 2011 to include more forms of media. Membership in IBMA is open to individuals and corporations who support the ideals of the organization. Corporate membership fees help fund the $5,000 Chuck Pezzano Media Scholarship presented by the Billiards and Bowling Institute of America.