Splitfire Spark Plug Open



$180,000 SPLITFIRE SPARK PLUG OPEN
Erie Civic Center, Erie, PA, Mar 29-Apr 2, 1994

Horan Wins Historic Event

Before the largest paid gate in PBA history and facing PBA's newest elected Hall of Famer, Dennis Horan's efforts seemed strengthened by the 4,000-plus fans at the Erie Civic Center en route to winning the $180,000 SplitFire Spark Plug Open.

Leading qualifier Horan, San Diego, fed off the crowd's contagious enthusiasm to post a 267-235 victory against Brian Voss of Atlanta. It was Horan's first PBA Tour title and earned him a berth into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, plus the $39,000 first prize.

Both finalists in the title game had no difficulty adapting to the overwhelming environment of AMF's four specially constructed synthetic lanes.

Second-seeded Voss came into the championship match after disposing of reigning PBA Player of the Year and defending champ Walter Ray Williams Jr., 255-214. Hardly intimidated, Horan matched Voss' opening six-bagger before leaving a 7-pin in his seventh frame. Voss struck again in his seventh, but finally misfired in his eighth frame to allow Horan the opportunity to jump back into it, which the 10-year PBA member Horan did impressively. Horan tossed a three-bagger starting in the eighth frame, while Voss finished with opens in his ninth and 10th. The ABC Sports telecast utilized 13 cameras, a huge supplemental lighting package and pre-telecast entertainment equal to the status of this spectacle.

In the first game, Brad Snell of Elk Grove, Ill., downed Dave Arnold, Gilbert, Ariz., 235-195. Williams then came from behind to defeat Snell, 248-211, and fulfill the "heavyweight" match-up against Voss the fans had anticipated.

Williams earned $12,000 for finishing third, Snell collected $9,000 for fourth and Arnold, who had jumped from seventh place to the fourth seed in the position round game, received $7,000.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dennis Horan, San Diego267 (1 game)$39,000
2Brian Voss, Atlanta490 (2 games)20,000
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA462 (2 games)12,000
4Brad Snell, Elk Grove, IL446 (2 games)9,000
5Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ195 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Snell defeated Arnold, 235-195; Williams defeated Snell, 248-211; Voss defeated Williams, 255-214: and in the championship game, Horan defeated Voss, 267-235.

42 GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Dennis Horan, San Diego 9578 228.1 14-10-0 420 9998 
2Brian Voss, Atlanta 9537 226.9 15-9-0 450 9981 
#3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9488 225.9 14-9-1 435 9923 
#4Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9427 224.5 16-7-1 495 9922 
5Brad Snell, Elk Grove, IL 9455 225.1 15-9-0 450 9905 
6John Ma-a, Shelby Township, MI 9658 230.0 8-16-0 240 9898 $6,000
7Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9398 223.8 15-7-2 480 9878 5,500
8Bill Swanson, Palatine, IL 9540 227.1 11-13-0 330 9870 5,000
#9Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9438 224.7 14-10-0 420 9858 4,500
#10Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9455 225.1 12-10-2 390 9845 4,000
11Adam Colton, Coral Springs, FL 9405 223.9 13-9-2 420 9825 3,600
12Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 9447 224.9 11-13-0 330 9777 3,200
#13David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9334 222.2 12-12-0 360 9694 3,000
14Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX 9291 221.2 12-11-1 375 9666 2,800
15Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9161 218.1 14-10-0 420 9581 2,600
16Kirk von Krueger, Pensacola, FL 9199 219.0 10-13-1 315 9514 2,400
17Jeff Germann, Wheeling, WV 9221 219.6 9-14-1 285 9506 2,300
18Gary Schluchter, Fremont, OH 9213 219.4 9-14-1 285 9498 2,200
19Richard Wolfe, Arlington, VA 9128 217.3 12-12-0 360 9488 2,100
20Todd Minotti, Orlando, FL 9111 216.9 10-13-1 375 9426 2,000
#21R.J. Williams, Warren, PA 9017 214.7 11-13-0 330 9347 1,900
22Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, MI 8970 213.6 11-13-0 330 9300 1,800
#23Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY 8921 212.4 7-15-2 240 9161 1,700
24Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 8929 212.6 5-18-1 165 9094 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Marshall Holman, Medford, OR$1,570
26Steve Wilson, Ft. Lauderdale, FL1,400
27Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE1,370
28Derek Williams, Groves, TX1,340
29Jason Couch, Clermont, FL1,320
30Ron Williams, Ft. Worth, TX1,300
31Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS1,270
 Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,270
33Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA1,250
34Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL1,240
35Dave D'Entremont, Midlbg. Hts., OH1,225
 Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC1,225
37Scott Alexander, Seattle1,205
 Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM1,205
39Jeff Merin, Rockaway, NJ1,180
40Rich Dodge, Woodbridge, VA1,180
41Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,170
42Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY1,160
43Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO1,150
44Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,140
45Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, NC1,130
46Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL1,120
47Stephen Asta, Avenel, NJ1,105
 Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS1,105
49Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, TX1,090
50Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX1,080
51Mike Shady, Ripon, WI1,070
52Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,060
53Tony Ament, Garfield, NJ1,050

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader John Mazza, 4379. 24th place-Ken Muscato, 3988 53rd place-Tony Ament, 3870. #-Dave Arnold (2), Dennis Horan, Bob Learn Jr., Roger Bowker, Walter Ray William, Jr., R.J. Williams, Ken Muscat,, Parker Bohn III and Dave Traber rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Dave Wodka, Marc McDowell, Ed Richardson, Eugene McCune, Bob Learn Jr., Mike Shady, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Don Moser, Rick Steelsmith, Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Jacques, Ricky Ward. Jeff Bellinger, Parker Bohn III and Jim Johnson Jr. ($50 each).