Flagship City Open



$145,000 FLAGSHIP CITY OPEN
Eastway Lanes, Erie, Pa., Feb 4-8, 1992

A First (Victory) For Forkel At The Flagship Open

His third appearance in the championship finals proved the charm for Eric Forkel, who captured the $145,000 Flagship City Open at Eastway Lanes. Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif., turned back fourth-seeded Dave Husted, 204-192, to earn the $27,000 first prize and qualified for the Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Nursing an one-pin lead after nine frames, Forkel came through in the clutch with three closing strikes to lock out Husted and became the first champion of 1992 to survive from the leading qualifier position. A late-falling 10-pin on his final ball denied Husted the opportunity to strike out in his 10th frame, which would have forced a two-frame rolloff.

In the first game of the ABC-TV championship finals, Husted faced an intimidating opponent in hometown hero Ron Palombi Jr., who enjoyed the capacity crowd's partisan expressions. However, Husted was equal to the task and whipped Palombi, 269-203. Next up was '91 Flagship City runnerup Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif., who fell to Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 225-202.

In the semifinal game, Husted's momentum continued against first-time finalist Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 253-179. Husted pocketed $14,000 for his second-place finish; McCune son of PBA Hall of Famer Don McCune, collected a career best $8,000 for third; Williams earned $6,000 for fourth; and Palombi $5,000 for fifth.

Earlier in the week of the Flagship City Open, the PBA unveiled the Inaugural KOOL "Shootout," an one-game exhibition match featuring two players. Marc McDowell defeated hometown favorite Ron Palombi Jr., 211-177.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif.204 (1 game)$27,000
2Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.939 (4 games)14,000
3Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.179 (1 game)8,000
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.200 (1 game)6,000
5Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.203 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Husted defeated Palombi, 268-203; Husted defeated Williams, 225-200; Husted defeated McCune, 254-179; and in the championship game, Forkel defeated Husted, 204-192.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif. 9662 230.1 16-7-1 495 10157 
2Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind. 9590 228.3 16-8-0 480 10070 
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9476 225.6 17-7-0 510 9986 
4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9345 222.5 17-6-1 525 9870 
5Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9551 227.4 10-14-0 300 9851 
6John Forst, Salt Lake City, Utah 9329 222.1 13-9-2 420 9749 $4,500
7Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9324 222.0 13-11-0 390 9714 4,000
8Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., Ohio 9348 222.6 11-12-1 345 9693 3,500
9Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 9265 220.6 14-10-0 420 9685 3,100
10Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan. 9268 220.7 13-11-0 390 9658 2,800
11Don Moser, Wichita, Kan. 9295 221.3 10-12-2 330 9625 2,600
12Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan. 9245 220.1 12-12-0 360 9605 2,500
13Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C. 9302 221.5 10-14-0 300 9602 2,350
 Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Teas 9347 222.6 8-15-1 255 9602 2,350
#15Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa. 9232 219.8 10-13-1 315 9547 2,200
16Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan. 9150 217.9 12-12-0 360 9510 2,100
17Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J. 9099 216.6 12-12-0 360 9459 2,000
18Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, Mich. 9225 219.6 6-16-2 210 9435 1,900
19Stephen Hardy, Nashua, N.H. 9116 217.1 10-14-0 300 9416 1,800
20Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 9044 215.3 12-12-0 360 9404 1,700
@21Craig Woodhouse, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada 8932 212.7 14-9-1 435 9367 1,600
22Brandon Keister, Hammond, Ind. 8946 213.0 10-14-0 300 9246 1,500
23David Cantrick, Painesville, Ohio 8944 213.0 10-14-0 300 9244 1,450
24Derek Williams, Groves, Texas 8894 211.8 6-18-0 180 9074 1,400

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25John Donovan, Palm Bay, Fla.$1,300
26Bruce Hamilton, Seattle, Wash.1,150
27Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz.1,105
 Jim Johnson, Wilmington, Del.1,105
29Mike Shady, Ripon, Wis.1,060
30Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas1,050
31Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.1,040
32Bobby Fleetwood, Naugatuck, Conn.1,030
33Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,020
34Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, Texas1,010
 Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio1,000
36Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.990
37Martin Letscher, Bel Air, Md.980
 Roger Kossert, Evans City, Pa.965
 Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.965
40Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.945
 Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.945
42Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M.925
 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas925
44Billy Orlikowski, Marne, Mich.910
45Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.895
 Rod Singer, Columbus, Ohio895
47Brian Berg, Edmond, Okla.880
48John Colossi, Brooklyn, N.Y.865
 Dennis Jacques, Monmouth, N.J.865
50Bob Powell, Providence, R.I.850
#51David D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio840
52Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.830
53David Traber, Woodstock, Ill.820

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Eric Forkel, 4234. 23rd place-Don Moser and Parker Bohn III, 3979. 53rd place- David Traber, 3853. #-Bob Learn Jr., Dave D'Entremont and Brian Thyes rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Mark Bowers, Parker Bohn III, Brian Berg, Marc McDowell, Dennis Jacques, Jim Pencak, Dave Arnold, Scott Devers, Jack Jurek, David Ozio, Bob Powell, Dave D'Entremont and Ed Richardson ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.