PBA Oregon Open



$130,000 PBA OREGON OPEN
Hollywood Bowl, Portland, Ore., Jun 2-6, 1992

Ballard Bests Oregon Open Opponenets

The man called "The Bowling Buddha" by his fellow professional bowlers, Del Ballard Jr., broke the PBA Tour's top-seeded hex with a 256-204 triumph over Mark Thayer in the $130,000 Oregon PBA Open at Hollywood Bowl. Ballard, Richardson, Texas, was the first leading qualifier (and fourth of the year) to successfully defend his position since February on the Tour. He collected his 11th PBA title and second of the year, as well as the $20,000 winner's check.

Ballard opened the title match with a triple, spared, and then tripled again, while Thayer counted two lone strikes in his first six frames, after which he trailed by 42 pins and never recovered.

The ABC Sports telecast began with Thayer, Lafayette, Ind., defeating Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 258206, and then 1991 Oregon Open runnerup Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M., 254-246. In the semifinal game, Thayer topped second-seeded Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan., 244-183. Thayer collected $10,500, Benoit earned $7,000, Duke took home $5,500 and Bellinger $4,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas256 (1 game)$20,000
2Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.960 (4 games)10,500
3Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.183 (1 game)7,000
4Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M.246 (1 game)5,500
5Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.206 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Thayer defeated Bellinger, 258-206; Thayer defeated Duke, 254-246; Thayer defeated Benoit, 244-183; and in the championship game, Ballard defeated Thayer, 256-204.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 9798 233.3 15-9-0 450 10248 
2Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 9827 234.0 14-10-0 420 10247 
3Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M. 9718 231.4 16-8-0 480 10198 
4Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind. 9556 227.5 12-12-0 360 9916 
5Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 9493 226.0 12-11-1 375 9868 
6Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 9474 225.6 13-11-0 390 9864 $4,000
7Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9444 224.9 12-10-2 390 9834 3,600
#8Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 9368 223.1 14-10-0 420 9788 3,300
9Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9404 223.9 11-13-0 330 9734 3,000
10Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 9288 221.1 13-11-0 390 9678 2,800
#11Richard Abboud, Omaha, Neb. 9282 221.0 13-11-0 390 9672 2,600
12Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 9299 221.4 12-12-0 360 9659 2,400
13Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan. 9288 221.1 11-11-2 360 9648 2,200
14Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9299 221.4 11-13-0 330 9629 2,100
15Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9323 222.0 10-14-0 300 9623 2,000
16Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 9314 221.8 10-14-0 300 9614 1,900
17Billy Orlikowski, Marne, Mich. 9224 219.6 11-12-1 345 9569 1,800
18Mike Shady, Ripon, Wis. 9130 217.4 14-10-0 420 9550 1,700
19Dave D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio 9170 218.3 11-11-0 360 9530 1,600
20Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, N.Y. 9156 218.0 12-12-0 360 9516 1,500
21Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif. 9209 219.3 9-15-0 270 9479 1,400
@22Freddy McClerkin, Portland, Ore. 9042 215.3 12-12-0 360 9402 1,350
#23David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9066 215.9 9-15-0 270 9336 1,300
24Dennis Jacques, Monmouth, N.J. 8998 214.2 7-17-0 210 9208 1,260

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mike Jasnau, Fishkill, N.Y.$1,230
26Dale Eagle, Evansville, Ind.1,080
27Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,040
 Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.1,040
29Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.1,010
30Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.990
31Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, N.Y.980
32Ty Lewis, Los Angeles970
33Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla.960
34George Branham III, Indianapolis945
 Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.945
36Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.930
37Mark Fahy, Chicago920
38Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela910
39Scott Alexander, Gig Harbor, Wash.900
40Brian Berg, Edmond, Okla.890
41Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla.880
42Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md.870
#43Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan.860
44Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas850
45Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.840
46Scott Myers, Denver, Colo.830
47Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz.820
48Rod Neuenschwander, Sauk Rapids, Minn.810
49Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.800
50Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md.790
51Matt Surina, Spokane, Wash.780
52Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas770
53Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore.760

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bob Benoit, 4297. 23rd place-Dave D'Entremont and Pete Weber, 3939. 53rd place-Kevin Croucher, 3807. #-Brian Voss, Rich Abboud, David Ozio, Kelly Coffman, Rob Richards and Dave Fritz rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Dave D'Entremont, Joe Firpo, Joe Hutchinson, Doug Wallace, Mark Thayer, Rick Steelsmith, Randy Pedersen, Robert Spaulding, Justin Hromek, Norm Duke, Tony Westlake, Mark Turney, Hugh Miller and Brian Voss ($50 each). @-non-PBA member.