Greater Grand Rapids Open



$125,000 GREATER GRAND RAPIDS OPEN
Spectrum Lanes, Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug 8-12, 1993

Walter Ray's Winning Continues

The Walter Ray Williams Jr. Express rolled through Spectrum Lanes and when the smoke cleared, the PBA Tour's most dominant player of '93 emerged with his sixth title of the year in the $125,000 Greater Grand Rapids Open. Williams, Stockton, Calif., successful defended his leading qualifier position by turning back third-seeded Bob Learn Jr., 263-183, for his 12th PBA title and the 18,000 first prize.

Williams opened with a double and then opened in the third frame before unleashing an eight-bagger to clinch the championship by the eighth frame. Learn, Erie, Pa., appeared lined up for the title game after disposing of Detroit's Harry Sullins, 238-214, in the seminal. Learn collected $9,500 as runner-up.

"It's been a great week from the start of the tournament", Williams said. "I figured tougher lanes might be to my advantage and the others weren't playing the same angle I was. There wasn't a lot of oil to continue playing inside, so I stopped practicing where I wanted to play before we went on the air.

In the opening game of the ESPN-televised finals, Mike Shady defeated Robert Lawrence of Austin, Texas, 217-202, and then Learn entered and sidelined Shady, Ripon, Wis., 214-153. Sullins earned $7,000 for third place, Shady collected $5,500 for fourth and Lawrence $4,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA263 (1 game)$18,000
2Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA635 (3 games)9,500
3Harry Sullins, Detroit214 (1 game)7,000
4Mike Shady, Ripon, Wt370 (2 games)5,500
5Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX202 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Shady defeated Lawrence, 217-202; Learn defeated Shady, 214-153; Learn defeated Sullins, 238-214; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Learn, 263-183.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9537 227.1 15-8-1 465 10002 
2Harry Sullins, Detroit 9313 221.7 15-9-0 450 9763 
3Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9218 219.5 18-8-0 480 9698 
4Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX 9233 219.8 15-9-0 450 9683 
5Mike Shady, Ripon, WI 9246 220.1 14-9-1 435 9681 
#6Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9312 221.7 10-14-0 300 9612 $4,000
7Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 9142 217.7 15-8-1 465 9607 3,600
8Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 9129 217.4 15-9-0 450 9579 3,300
9Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9201 219.1 12-12-0 360 9561 3,000
10Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9115 217.0 14-9-1 435 9550 2,800
11Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City, OK 9145 217.7 13-11-0 390 9535 2,600
12Chip Pettiford, Pasadena, CA 9020 214.8 13-11-0 390 9410 2,400
13Purvis Granger, Puyallup, WA 9062 215.7 11-13-0 330 9392 2,200
14Dale Strike, Saginaw, MI 9058 215.7 10-12-2 330 9388 2,100
15Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 8994 214.1 12-11-1 375 9369 2,000
16Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 9012 214.6 11-13-0 330 9342 1,900
17Don Genalo, Perrysburg, OH 8907 212.1 13-11-0 390 9297 1,800
#18Peter Knopp Frankfurt, Germany 8908 212.1 12-12-0 360 9268 1,700
19Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 8971 213.6 9-15-0 270 9241 1,600
20Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, PA 9059 215.7 5-18-1 165 9224 1,500
21Steve Fields, Stockton, CA 8884 211.5 10-14-0 300 9184 1,450
22Pete Kaczmarczyk, Warren, MI 8869 211.2 10-14-0 300 9169 1,400
23Chris Warren, Dallas 8941 212.9 6-18-0 180 9121 1,350
24Dave Smalley, Louisville, KY 8863 211.0 8-16-0 240 9103 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY$1,140
*26Bryan Bailey, Grove City, PA1,220
27Tony Westlake, Edmond, OK1,080
28Dennis Jacques, Monmouth Jct., NJ1,060
29Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,404
30Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA1,020
31Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD995
 David Traber, Woodstock, IL995
33Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS980
34Ron William, Fort Worth, TX970
 Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, OH955
 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela955
37Don Moser, San Jose, CA940
38Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, OH925
 Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO925
40Gary Schluchter, Fremont, OH910
41Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY900
42Rich Abboud, Omaha, NE890
43Mark Bowers, Wilmington. DE880
44Charlie Standish. Kalamazoo, MI.870
45Michael Johnson, Spring, TX855
 Brian Thyes, Green Bay WI855
47Marc McDowell, Madison, WI840
48Pete Maybank II, Cheboygan, MI835

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Dave Arnold, 4171. 24th place--Don Genalo, 3827. 48th place-Pete Maybank II, 3676. #-Dave Arnold and Peter Knopp rolled 300 gams ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Harry Sullins, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Lizzi, Butch Soper, Steve Hoskins, Robert Lawrence, Dave D'Entremont, Chip Pettiford and Scott Alexander ($50 each).