Hilton Hotels Classic



$200,000 HILTON HOTELS CLASSIC
Reno Hilton Bowling Center, Reno, NV, Jan 17-21, 1995

Hromek Bowls To The Hilt For 3rd PBA Title

Justin Hromek went the distance at Reno Hilton Lanes winning the $200,000 Hilton Hotels Classic by advancing from the fifth-seeded position. Hromek, Andover, Kan., ultimately upset leading qualifier Mike Scroggins, 213-190, to collect his third PBA championship and the $35,000 first prize.

In the championship game, Hromek opened with a double while Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, never doubled until the eighth and ninth frames, to close his deficit to three pins. In his 10th frame, Scroggins could have won his second PBA title with a strike and eight pins, but his first shot left the 2-4-7-10 split and relegated him to the $18,000 second-place check.

Of his four-game march, Hromek said, "I was just excited to get the first game victory (against PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb) under my belt. My game plan had to change with each match as the lanes changed. The important thing is to feel comfortable while bowling on TV."

In Hromek's opening game of the ESPN telecast, he survived an open 10th frame against Webb, 206-199, before stopping AC-Delco Classic champion Jess Stayrook's attempt at back-to-back titles, 231-191. In the semifinal, Hromek defeated a second consecutive lefthander, Eric Forkel, 219-793, to set up his meeting with southpaw Scroggins.

Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif., earned $11,000 for third place, Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz., pocketed $8,500 for fourth, and 17-time PBA champ Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, N.Y., took home $7,000, rather than his first title since 1989.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Justin Hromek, Andover, KS869 (4 games)$35,000
2Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX190 (1 game)18,000
3Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA193 (1 game)11,000
4Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ191 (1 game)8,500
5Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NV199 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Hromek defeated Webb, 206-199; Hromek defeated Stayrook, 231-191; Hromek defeated Forkel, 219-193; and in the championship game, Hromek defeated Scroggins, 213-190.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 9182 218.6 17-7-0 510 9692 
#2Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 9214 219.4 15-8-1 465 9679 
3Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9268 220.6 12-11-1 375 9643 
4Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY 9251 220.3 13-11-0 390 9641 
5Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9183 218.6 14-10-0 420 9603 
6Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 9160 218.1 13-11-0 390 9550 $6,000
7Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9218 219.5 11-13-0 330 9548 5,500
8Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 9091 216.4 12-12-0 360 9451 5,000
9Scott Alexander, Seattle 9032 215.1 13-11-0 390 9422 4,500
10Dennis Horan, San Diego 9048 215.4 12-12-0 360 9408 4,000
11Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9059 215.7 11-13-0 330 9389 3,600
12Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 9056 215.6 10-14-0 300 9356 3,300
13David Ozio, Vidor, TX 8977 213.7 12-12-0 360 9337 3,000
14Brad Small, Itasca, IL 8944 212.9 12-11-1 375 9379 2,800
15Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 8987 213.9 11-13-0 330 9317 2,600
16Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 8911 212.2 13-11-0 390 9301 2,400
17Chris Warren, Dallas 8906 212.1 12-12-0 360 9266 2,300
18Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL 8861 210.9 13-11-0 390 9251 2,200
19Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NV 8862 211.0 12-12-0 360 9222 2,100
20Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 8913 212.2 9-15-0 270 9183 2,000
21Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 8755 208.4 9-15-0 270 9025 1,900
22Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 8643 205.8 12-12-0 360 9003 1,850
23Richard Wolfe, Arlington, VA 8615 205.1 8-14-2 270 8885 1,800
24Steven Sonnen, Oak Creek, WI 8582 204.3 9-14-1 285 8867 1,750

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mike Aulby, Indianapolis$1,650
26Dave Covington, Lake Wales, FL1,490
27Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX1,450
28John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC1,410
29Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH1,380
30Jeff Lizzi, Medford, NY1,350
31Andrew Neuer, Milton, PA1,320
32Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,300
33Adam Apo, Florissant, MO1,280
34Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX1,260
35Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE1,240
 Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY1,240
 Dennis Rakauskas, Altamonte Spg, FL1,240
38Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook ,IL1,220
39Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL1,210
40Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA1,200
41John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI1,190
42Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,180
43Doug Wallace, Portland, OR1,170
44Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, MD1,160
45Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas1,145
 Billy Yinger, Grand Prairie, TX1,145
47Marc McDowell, Madison, WI1,125
 Jeff Smith, Little Falls, MN1,125
49Stephen Asta, Avenel, NJ1,110
50Brian Voss, Atlanta1,100
51Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,085
 Dave Husted, Milwaukee, OR1,085
53Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS1,070

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bob Benoit, 4025. 24th place-Bob Learn Jr., 3834. 53rd place-Kelly Coffman, 3750. #-Chris Porcello, Joe Salvemini and Eric Forkel rolled 300 games ($333.33 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian Voss, George Branham III, Mark Williams, John Mazza, Eric Forkel, Marshall Holman, Andy Neuer, Joe Fir o, Dennis Horan, Marc McDowell, Parker Bohn III, Ron Palombi Jr., Steve Hoskins, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Johnny Petraglia, Amleto Monacelli and Wayne Webb ($50 each).