Columbia 300 Open



$135,000 COLUMBIA 300 OPEN
Astro Bowling Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jul 26-30, 1992

Columbia 300 Championship To Bowker

When the dust settled after four games and 90 minutes of the $135,000 Columbia 300 Open at Astro Bowling Center, the names remained in the same positions as they qualified. Roger Bowker of Ocala, Fla., defeated second-seeded roommate and best friend Butch Soper, 228-208, for his third PBA title, $21,000 first prize and re-qualified for the Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Soper opened the championship game with a 4-9 split he failed to convert, then tacked on a turkey, while Bowker started with a four-bagger and never trailed.

In the opening game of the ESPN-televised finals, Ron Palombi Jr. defeated fifth-seeded Scott Devers of Richmond, Ind., 236-179. Rookie of the Year contender Jason Couch then entered and ousted Palombi, Erie, Pa., 223-220, when Palombi failed to strike out in the 10th frame. In the semifinal game, Soper disposed of Couch, Winter Garden, Fla., 224-204. Soper earned $12,000 for second place, Couch took home $7,000 for third, Palombi $6,000 for fourth and Devers $5,000.

Following the first evening of match play, the 12th KOOL Shootout of the year was contested, featuring Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., and Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas. Husted ran away from Lawrence, 234-166.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla.228 (1 game)$21,000
2Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.432 (2 games)12,000
3Jason Couch, Winter Garden, Fla.427 (2 games)7,500
4Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.456 (2 games)6,000
5Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind.179 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Palombi defeated Devers, 236-179; Couch defeated Palombi, 223-220; Soper defeated Couch, 224-204; and in the championship game, Bowker defeated Soper, 228-208.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 9770 232.6 18-6-0 540 10310 
2Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. 9711 231.2 16-8-0 480 10191 
3Jason Couch, Winter Garden, Fla. 9751 232.2 14-10-0 420 10171 
4Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9635 229.4 14-9-1 435 10070 
5Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind. 9688 230.7 12-11-1 375 10063 
6Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9549 227.4 16-6-2 510 10059 $4,000
7Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9581 228.1 15-8-1 465 10046 3,600
8Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 9589 228.3 15-9-0 450 10039 3,300
#9Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif. 9594 228.4 12-12-0 360 9954 3,000
#10Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City, Okla. 9596 228.5 11-12-1 345 9941 2,800
#11Adam Colton, Coral Springs, Fla. 9639 229.5 10-14-0 300 9939 2,600
12Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9420 224.3 12-12-0 360 9780 2,400
13Carlos Medina, Nederland, Texas 9309 221.6 15-9-0 450 9759 2,300
14Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, Fla. 9399 223.8 11-12-1 345 9744 2,200
#15Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va. 9373 223.2 11-13-0 330 9703 2,100
#16Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 9320 221.9 11-12-1 345 9665 2,000
#17Brad Kiszewski, Buffalo, N.Y. 9428 224.5 7-17-0 210 9638 1,900
#18Alexander Ramos Rios, San Antonio, Texas 9293 221.3 11-13-0 330 9623 1,800
19Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9272 220.8 11-12-1 345 9617 1,700
20Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio 9228 219.7 8-16-0 240 9468 1,600
21Jess Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz. 9080 216.2 11-13-0 330 9410 1,500
22Alan Bishop, Louisville, Ky. 9154 218.0 8-15-1 255 9409 1,400
23Bryan Bailey, Grove City, Pa. 9181 218.6 7-16-1 225 9406 1,300
24Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 9180 218.6 6-17-1 195 9375 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#25Richard Abboud, Omaha, Neb.$1,050
26Dave D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio1,030
*27Billy Young, Edmond, Okla.1,130
28Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz.1,000
29David Traber, Woodstock, Ill.990
30Bob Spaulding, Harrisburg, Pa.980
31Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.960
 Ken Johnson, N. Richland Hills, Texas960
 David Ozio, Vidor, Texas960
34Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.940
35Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.930
36Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., Ohio920
37Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, Fla.910
38Parker Bohn III900
39Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan.890
40Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio880
41Chris Malone, San Antonio, Texas870
42Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla.855
#Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.855
44Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.840
45Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas830
46Michael Azcarate, Pembroke Pines, Fla.820
47Randy Johnson, Irving, Texas795
 Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas795
 Billy Orlikowski, Marne, Mich.795
 Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas795
51Steve Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo.770
52John Tragert, Gaithersburg, Md.760
53Gary Smith, East PeoriaIII

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Butch Soper, 4221. 24th place-Alexander Ramos Rios, 4013. 53rd place-Gary Smith, 3903. #-Brian Voss, Alexander Ramos Rios, Rich Abboud, Mark Thayer, Rich Wolfe, Brad Kiszewski, Adam Colton, Eric Forkel, Mike Edwards and Mike Scroggins, rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Jess Stayrook, Eric Forkel, Dave D'Entremont, Greg Kemp, Steve Ray, Bob Learn Jr., Rich Wolfe, Scott Devers and Brad Snell ($50 each).