Greater Harrisburg Open



$130,000 GREATER HARRISBURG OPEN
ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Aug 14-19, 1993

Davis Wins First PBA Title In First Event

Brian Davis made PBA history by winning the first national tournament he entered as he downed Walter Ray Williams Jr., 299-267, in the $130,000 Greater Harrisburg Open here at ABC West Lanes. Only a 2-pin denied the 21-year old another PBA record. Davis earned $20,000 for the victory.

Davis joined PBA Hall of Famer Mike McGrath as the only PBA member to win his first time at the starting gate. McGrath captured the 1965 Portland Open in his first PBA tournament.

In a TV finals emblematic of the week, Davis, Casselberry, Fla., nearly provided the sold-out crowd with the 21st 300 game. Williams Jr., the PBA's leading money winner with $241,310, rolled to a PBA record four perfectos, while Davis thrilled the crowd with back-to-back 300s during the final match play round. The 20 perfect games broke the previous record set at Beaumont in 1991.

In the opening match of the ESPN-televised finals, David Traber, Woodstock, III., defeated 1989 PBA Rookie of the Year Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., 249-246. Traber clossed with a seven-bagger for the come-from-behind victory.

The defending champion Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, Fla., went down to defeat to Davis, 258-245. Vespi tried to psyche the young player when he recorded six consecutive strikes through the ninth frame, but Davis was equal to the task as he closed with five strikes of his own.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Brian Davis, Casselberry, FL758 (3 games)$20,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA267 (1 game)10,500
3Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL245 (1 game)7,000
4David Traber, Woodstock, IL447 (2 games)5,500
5Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL246 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS -Traber defeated Hoskins, 249-246; Davis defeated Traber, 201-198; Davis defeated Vespri, 258-245; and in the championship game, Davis defeated Williams, 299-267.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Walter Ray Wiliams Jr., Stockton, CA 11576 241.2 13-10-1 405 11981 
#2Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL 11409 237.7 15-8-1 465 11874 
#3Brian Davis, Casselberry, FL 11311 235.7 16-8-0 480 11791 
4Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 11338 236.2 13-10-1 405 11743 
5David Traber, Woodstock, IL 11149 232.3 18-4-2 570 11719 
6Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 11164 232.6 17-6-1 525 11689 $4,000
7Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 11111 231.5 14-10-0 420 11531 3,600
#8Derek Williams, Groves, TX 11109 231.4 14-10-0 420 11529 3,300
9Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 11063 230.5 13-11-0 390 11453 3,000
10Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX 11095 231.2 11-12-1 345 11440 2,800
11Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 11006 229.3 14-10-0 420 11426 2,600
12Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, FL 10878 226.6 14-9-1 435 11313 2,400
13Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC 10962 228.4 10-11-3 345 11307 2,200
14Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 10884 226.8 12-11-1 375 11259 2,050
#15Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 10959 228.3 10-14-0 300 11259 2,050
16Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE 10919 227.5 10-14-0 300 11219 1,900
17Steve Myers, Brookhaven, PA 10869 226.4 10-14-0 300 11169 1,800
18George Branham III, Indianapolis 10860 226.3 9-13-2 300 11160 1,700
#19Don Moser, San Jose, CA 10765 224.3 12-12-0 360 11125 1,600
20Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 10601 220.9 10-13-1 315 10916 1,500
21Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 10651 221.9 7-16-1 225 10876 1,450
#22Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 10637 221.6 7-17-0 210 10847 1,400
23Andrew Neuer, Milton, PA 10543 219.7 5-19-0 150 10693 1,350
24Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 10501 218.8 6-18-0 180 10681 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Rich Dodge, Woodbridge, VA$1,280
26Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., OH1,130
27Billy Heltzel Jr., York, PA1,100
#28Bob Spaulding, Harrisburg, PA1,080
29Rick Graham, Lancaster, PA1,060
30Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook IL1,040
31Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK1,020
32Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,000
33Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ990
34David Ozio, Vidor, TX980
#35Dave Ferrero, Kingston, NY970
36Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, OH960
37Marc McDowell, Madison, W I950
#38Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, PA940
39Tom Stoner, Springfield, MO930
40Homer Sleek, Jerome, PA920
41Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS910
42Rich Abboud, Omaha, NE900
43Steve Fields, Stockton, CA890
44Mike Aulby, Indianapolis880
45Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY870
46Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL860
47Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY850
48Billy Orlikowski. Grand Rapids, MI840
49Tony Westlake, Edmond, OK830
50Mike Cordeiro, Westport, MA815
#Chris Warren, Dallas815
#52Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ800
t53Gary Bower, Camp Hill, PA395
 Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX395

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader Bob Vespi, 5752. 24th place - Bob Learn, Jr. -5392. 53rd place-Gary Bower, 5284. #-Waiter Ray William Jr. (4), Brian Davis (2), Eugene McCune (2), Bob Spaulding, Dave Arnold, Nicholas Serino, Joe Kominek. Dave Ferraro, Chris Warren, Don Moser, Bill Oakes, Derek Williams, Joe Hutchinson, Brad Kiszewski and Bob Vespi rolled 300 games ($50 each). PRO-AM CASHERS- Ryan Shafer, Dave Arnold, Dave Ferraro, Steve Jaros, Bobby Fleetwood, David Harvey, Mike Aulby, Danny Wiseman, Herb Kimpel, Steve Hoskins, Curbs Odom and Mark Roth ($50 each). t--Non-PBA member.