Eric Forkel was hoping for a different ending in a different tournament.
And he got it.
Forkel defeated Williams in straight games, 212-182, and 236-215, in the round of 8 in the PBA50 Northern California Classic at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif.
Forkel was due to bowl against another Hall-of-Famer and fellow left-hander, Parker Bohn III, in the round of 4, on Wednesday night.
Forkel, one of the top bowlers to come out of the San Fernando Valley, lost to Williams in his second match at the USBC Senior Masters last week. Williams won the three-game match, 726-686. Williams averaged 242 and Forkel 228.7.
Afterwards, Forkel said: “It was great bowling him. I mean, he’s a legend of the game and to be close after two games is great! The problem is if you blink, and I did, you lose.
“Anyway, I am up here in Brentwood for the next senior stop and hopefully this week will have a different ending.”
Forkel, a Henderson, Nev., resident, was one of 31 qualifiers in the Northern California Classic. He was seeded 30th and Williams was seeded sixth.
But Forkel entered his match with Williams bowling at his best. Earlier, Forkel ousted third-seeded John Petraglia in four games in a best-of-five series in the round of 16. Petraglia won the first game, 204-194, before Forkel roared back with three straight victories.
Forkel’s victories were 224-184, 279-212, and 235-167.
In Forkel’s previous match in the round of 24, he blasted a 753 series (279-279-195) in ousting 14th-seeded Thomas Ream.