Flagship City Open



$150,000 FLAGSHIP CITY OPEN
Eastway Lanes, Erie, Pa., Mar 1-6, 1993

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins Flagship City Open

A third consecutive appearance among the championship round at Eastway Lanes proved the charm for Walter Ray Williams Jr., who captured the $150,000 Flagship City Open. Second-seeded Williams, Stockton, Calif., upset leading qualifier John Mazza, 211-179, to win his seventh PBA title and first in the U.S. since 1987. He then came from behind against reigning "royalty" Ron Williams (no relation), 214-193, to capture the "King of the Hill" match and collect the $30,000 tournament first prize plus the $5,000 "winner-take-all" stakes, which denied Ron Williams a $10,000 bonus for a third consecutive victory as "King".

In the title game, Williams fell behind early as Mazza, Mount Clemens, Mich., opened with a double, but then fell intotrouble mid-game when he failed to convert two 2-7 splits. Williams stayed clean and when Mazza left the 7-10 splitin his ninth frame, Williams' victory was assured. Ironically, Mazza also was the victim of Williams' last PBA Tourtriumph, when he fell as the top seed in the 1991 Japan Cup at Tokyo. The 1986 PBA Player of the Year, Williamshad qualified for the championship round on his last two visits to Eastway Lanes, but couldn't capitalize on hisprevious opportunities.

In the opening game of the ABC Sports' telecast, George Branham III defeated synthetic lanes specialist Del Ballard Jr., 258198. Walter Ray Williams then defeated Branham, Indianapolis, 246-184, to earn his spot opposite Mazza. Mazza collected $16,000 as runnerup, Branham earned $8,000 for third place and Ballard, Richardson, Texas, received $6,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA457 (2 games)$30,000
2John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, MI179 (1 game)16,000
3George Branham III, Indianapolis442 (2 games)8,000
4Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX198 (1 game)6,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Branham III defeated Ballard Jr., 258-198; Williams Jr. defeated Branham III, 246-184; and in the championship game, Williams Jr. defeated Mazza, 211-179. KING OF THE HILL-Williams Jr. defeated Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas, 214-193, for $5,000

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, MI 9131 217.4 15-8-1 465 9596 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9067 215.9 14-10-0 420 9487 
3George Branham III, Indianapolis 9157 218.0 10-14-0 300 9457 
4Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX 9031 215.0 14-10-0 420 9451 
5Brian Voss, Boca Raton, FL 8986 214.0 15-9-0 450 9436 $5,500
6Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 8970 213.2 15-9-0 450 9420 4,500
7Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 8968 213.5 14-10-0 420 9388 4,000
8Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 9013 214.6 12-12-0 360 9373 3,500
9Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 8922 212.4 15-9-0 450 9372 3,300
10Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9002 214.3 11-12-1 345 9347 2,135
11Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 8944 213.0 12-11-1 375 9319 2,800
12Tony Westlake, Edmond, OK 8937 212.8 12-12-0 360 9297 2,600
13Pete Weber, Florissant, MO 8885 211.6 13-11-0 390 9275 2,500
14Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, FL 8907 272.1 12-12-0 360 9267 2,400
15Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 8943 212.9 10-14-0 300 9243 2,300
#16Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 8940 212.9 10-14-0 300 9240 2,200
#17Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY 8839 210.5 12-12-0 360 9199 2,100
18Dennis Jacques, Monmouth Jct., NJ 8803 209.6 10-14-0 300 9103 2,000
19Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 8776 207.1 12-12-0 360 9056 1,900
20Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 8696 207.1 12-12-0 360 9056 1,800
21Joe Baca, Dublin, CA 8672 206.5 12-12-0 360 9032 1,700
22Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ 8629 205.5 10-13-1 315 8944 1,600
23Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL 8624 205.3 8-16-0 240 8864 1,550
24John Delp, West Lawn, PA 8256 196.6 8-16-0 240 8496 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
&25Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA$2,135
*#26Kelly Ray, Mansfield, TX1,350
27Marlin Letscher, Bel Air, MD1,210
28Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX1,190
29Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, NY1,170
30Jason Couch, Winter Garden, FL1,150
31Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, OH1,140
32Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS1,130
33Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ, Mad, McDowell, Madison, WI, and Dave Smiley, Louisville, KY1,110
36Rich Abboud, Omaha, NE1,065
 Bruce Hamilton, Seattle1,065
38Dave Wodka, Milwaukee, WI1,070
39Dave Hunted, Milwaukie, OR1,060
40Danny Wiseman, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,050
47Randy Bennett, McLoud, OK1,040
42Mo Hestand, Moore, OK1,030
43Bobby Fleetwood, Naugatuck, CT1,020
44Bob Laster, Anaheim, CA1,010
45Gary Schluchter, Fremont, OH1,000
#46Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE990
47Kenneth Hall, Albany, NY, and Billy Yinger, Arlington, TX975
49Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH, and Bill Oaken, Lawton, OK955
51Don Moser, Peoria, IL940
52Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX930
53Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City, OK920

18-game qualifying leader-Randy Pedersen, 4041. 24th place--John Petraglia, Bob Learn Jr., and Kelly Ray, 3799. Petraglia (236) qualified 24th, he defeated Learn (222) and Ray (216). &-Learn replaced Palombi in match play and used his own qualifying total of 3,799. *-Ray then assumed the alternate's position. #-Kelly Ray, Dave Ferraro, Jim Johnson Jr and Randy Pedersen rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO AM CASHERS-Bob Spaulding, Billy Orlikoski, Tom Baker, Ryan Shafer, John May, Ray Edwards, Bob Learn Jr., Marc McDowell, Jason Couch, Dave Ferraro, Randy Pedersen, Mike Scroggins, Mike Jasnau, Joe Firpo and Alan Bishop ($50 each).