Greater Baltimore Open



$120,000 GREATER BALTIMORE OPEN
Country Club Lanes, Baltimore, MD, Feb 28-Mar 4, 1995

Traber Tops Forkel For Win

On the strength of four closing strikes, David Traber came from behind against leading qualifier Eric Forkel to claim the Greater Baltimore Open at Country Club Lanes.

Traber, Woodstock, Ill., earned the $18,000 first prize for his second PBA title, while Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif., was left with the $9,500 runnerup check and a 2-3 record as the top seed in PBA telecasts.

Second-seeded Traber started the championship game by failing to convert the 4-7-10 split and then spared in his second frame, while Forkel jumped to a 21-pin advantage after opening with a turkey. However, a missed 7pin in Forkel's fifth frame seemed to bolster Traber's comeback and subsequent late-frame heroics.

"This wins adds legitimacy toward proving I can make it out here," Traber said. "After 11 TV appearances I know the importance of making good shots. This also puts me out of the category of 'players who've won once and not done anything again,' " the 1994 PBA National Championship winner said.

The ABC Sports finals began with an "All Williams" non-family feud, in which two-time PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray bettered Mark, of Beaumont, Texas, 247-246. The PBA President next escaped with another one-pin victory, against reigning IOF/PBA Player of the Year Norm Duke, 235-234. In an equally hard-fought semifinal battle, Traber advanced past Williams, 203-197, and smacked his hands in emotional reaction at his rival.

Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif., took home $8,000 for third place, and was quite matter-of-fact in response to Traber's outburst, stating, "I guess he just wanted to win as much as I did." A political response, indeed.

Duke, Edmond, Okla., grudgingly accepted his $8,000 payday for fourth place and his surprisingly belated first N appearance of '95, and Mark Williams earned $4,000 for fifth.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1David Traber, Woodstock, IL420 (2 games)$18,000
2Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA214 (1 game)9,500
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA679 (3 games)6,000
4Norm Duke, Edmond, OK234 (1 game)5,000
5Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX246 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-W.R. Williams defeated M. Williams, 247-246; W.R. Williams defeated Duke, 235-234; Traber defeated W.R. Williams, 203-197; and in the championship game, Traber defeated Forkel, 217-214.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 9530 226.9 16-8-0 480 10010 
2David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9394 223.7 18-6-0 540 9934 
3Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 9363 222.9 14-9-1 435 9798 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9379 220.9 17-7-0 510 9789 
#5Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9386 223.5 13-11-0 390 9776 
6Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9287 221.1 15-9-0 450 9737 $3,500
7Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9285 221.1 13-11-0 390 9675 3,200
8Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, NC 9190 218.8 14-10-0 420 9610 3,000
9Dennis Horan, San Diego 9214 219.4 9-14-1 285 9499 2,800
10Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9061 215.7 14-9-1 435 9496 2,600
11Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9015 214.6 15-9-0 450 9465 2,400
12Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9190 218.8 9-15-0 270 9460 2,300
13Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX 9110 216.9 10-13-1 315 9425 2,200
14Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9029 214.9 12-11-1 375 9404 2,100
15Chris Warren, Dallas 9037 215.2 12-12-0 360 9397 2,000
16Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9136 217.5 8-16-0 240 9376 1,900
17Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9000 214.3 11-13-0 330 9330 1,800
18Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9008 214.4 10-14-0 300 9308 1,700
19Bruce Hollen, Baltimore 8895 211.8 13-11-0 390 9285 1,600
20Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 8959 213.3 8-16-0 240 9199 1,500
21Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 8829 210.2 10-14-0 300 9129 1,400
22Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 8848 210.7 B-16-0 240 9088 1,350
23Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 8778 209.0 9-14-1 285 9063 1,300
24Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, MD 8660 206.2 7-17-0 210 8870 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL$1,190
26Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL1,040
27Martin Letscher, Bel Air, MD1,000
 Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,000
29Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC970
30Rick Berry, Lake Forest, CA950
31Richard Wolfe, Arlington, VA930
32Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, MD920
33Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL910
34Jeff Lizzi, Medford, NY900
35Bryon Smith, Winchester, OR890
36Brian Himmler, Cincinnati880
37Glen Ships, Owings Mills, MD870
38Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ860
39Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL845
 Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA845
41Brad Hoffman, Camp Hill, PA830
42Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, NY820
43Mike Whittington, Arlington, VA810
44Kelly Coffman. Topeka, KS800
45Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD790
46Ron Papp, Bordentown, NJ780
47Tony Bochicchio, Jackson, NJ765
 Don Moser, San Jose, CA765
49Kip Roberts, Richmond, VA750
50Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS735
 George Branham III, Indianapolis735
52Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX720
53Howard Marshall, Baltimore355
 Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NV355

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Mark Williams, 4124. 24th place-Parker Bohn III, 3842. 53rd placeHoward Marshall and Ryan Shafer, 3711. #-Mark Williams, Jim Johnson and Andrew Neuer rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Dave Ann Id, Parker Bohn III, Andy Neuer, Chris Warren, Mark Williams, Mark Ruth, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tom Baker, Dennis Jacques, Wayne Webb and Jason Couch ($50 each).