SPRING HILL — Jason Mahr, the only Hernando County resident to win the PBA South Region Spring Hill Open, became the fourth player in the tournament's 24-year history to achieve multiple titles Sunday.
Mahr won the 24th annual Spring Hill Open, which featured the best field in years, by beating PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the championship match 259-234.
The victory came five years to the day of Mahr's first professional victory in the 2007 Spring Hill Open. While many of the champions have face tough competition at this tournament, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who has ever defeated both Patrick Allen (13 PBA titles, 22 regional titles) and Williams Jr. (all-time record 47 PBA titles, 31 regional titles, four senior PBA titles).
"If you told me that I would be competing with Walter Ray Williams in the finals, I would have laughed at you," an emotional Mahr said after the win.
Last year's champion, Mike Williams II of Montgomery, Ala., finished 29th. Mahr, 30, joins Darin Hays (1995-96, 1999-2000), Jason Couch (1994, 1997) and Tom Daugherty (2006, 2008) as multiple-time winners. Former champions Richard Langton (19th), Vernon Peterson (ninth) and Daugherty (28th) were in the field. Williams Jr. won the event in 2002.