Splitfire Spark Plug Open



$180,000 SPLITFIRE SPARK PLUG OPEN
Eastway Lanes, Erie, PA, Mar 28-Apr 1, 1995

Danny Wiseman Jolts Field For 5th PBA Title

It was no April Fool's joke when Danny Wiseman emerged from the highest-scoring TV finals in PBA history with his fifth title at the $180,000 SpIitFire Spark Plug Open before more than 4,000 screaming fans at the Erie (Pa.) Civic Center. Third-seeded, Wiseman upended leading qualifier Steve Jaros, 231•224, for the $39,000 winner's check and his first tour victory since 1991.

After sparing in his opening frame of the championship match, Wiseman launched a six-bagger, while Jaros spared, tripled, spared again and doubled to trail by 17 after seven frames. Wiseman allowed Jaros to close the gap when he left the 4-6-7-10 in his eighth frame, but after sparing in his own eighth, Jato s then chopped the 2-pin off the 2-5 leave. Despite Jaros striking out in his 10th frame, Wiseman needed only to spare for victory, which he did, and struck.

An emotional Wiseman said "This is the best. It's entertainment. The money's not that important. Since my dad died in 1992 it seems to have been one thing offer another. I got divorced more than a year ago and have been on the verge of quitting and getting a real job, Sin-- Now I've gotten all the distractions of my life out of the way."

Jaros said, "When Danny left his spit, I still had a good chance to shoot 240, but I just threw a bad shot." The Bolingbrook, Ill., pro earned $20,000 as runnerup. Ironically, Wiseman became the first non-Californian to triumph in Erie's five-year PBA tournament hosting.

In the opening game of the ABC Sports telecast, Mike Edwards ousted Walter Ray Williams Jr., 268-237. Williams, Stockton, Celli now has finished first (1993), second (1991), third (1994) and fourth (1992), plus his most recent fifth place showing worth $7,000, in his five Erie visits.

Edwards, Oklahoma City, left the 2-8 on his last ball against Wiseman to fall, 278-277. Wiseman's momentum continued against Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, whom he conquered, 277-235. All told, the TV finalists established a PBA record 253.37 average over their eight games bowled breaking the 251-plus average of Fresno, Calif., in 1979.

Mark Williams earned $12,000 for third place and Edwards collected $9,000 for fourth.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Danny Wiseman, Baltimore786 (3 games)$39,000
2Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL224 (1 game)20,000
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX235 (1 game)12,000
4Mike Edwards, Oklahoma545 (2 games)9,000
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA237 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Edwards defeated W.R. Williams Jr., 268-237; Wiseman defeated Edwards, 278-277; Wiseman defeated Williams, 277-235; and in the championship game, Wiseman defeated Jaros, 231-224.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 10090 240.2 16-8-0 480 10570 
#2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 10022 238.6 15-9-0 450 10472 
3Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9850 234.5 13-11-0 390 10240 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9698 230.9 14-9-1 435 10133 
5Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9580 228.1 18-6-0 540 10120 
6David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9663 230.1 15-9-0 450 10113 $6,000
7Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9631 229.3 15-9-0 450 10081 5,250
#8Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 9677 230.4 13-11-0 390 10067 4,500
9Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 9662 230.1 13-11-0 390 10052 4,000
10Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 9661 230.0 13-11-0 390 10051 3,600
11Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9648 229.7 13-11-0 390 10038 3,200
12Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX 9567 227.8 11-12-1 345 9912 3,000
13Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9526 226.8 12-11-1 375 9901 2,800
14Ross Caruana, Erie, PA 9436 224.7 15-9-0 450 9886 2,600
15Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9539 227.1 10-14-0 300 9839 2,400
16Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 9438 224.7 13-11-0 390 9828 2,300
17Martin Letscher, Bel Air, MD 9432 224.6 12-12-0 360 9792 2,200
18Gary Schluchter, Fremont, OH 9490 226.0 9-14-1 285 9775 2,100
19Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9489 225.9 9-14-1 285 9774 2,000
20Mike Taylor, San Diego 9493 226.0 8-16-0 240 9733 1,900
21Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 9243 220.0 10-14-0 300 9543 1,800
22John Mazza, Selby Township, MI 9226 219.7 8-16-0 240 9466 1,700
23Dave Dobrzykowski, Toledo, OH 9101 216.7 7-17-0 210 9311 1,650
24Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 9159 218.1 3-20-1 105 9264 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Russ Mills, Auburn, NY$1,550
26Brian Voss, Atlanta1,400
27Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC1,370
28Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,340
29Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE1,310
30Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY1,280
31Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,250
32Jess Stayrook, TPa, AZ1,220
 Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,220
34David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,180
 Bill Swanson, Palatine, IL1,180
36Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC1,160
37Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NV1,150
38Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA1,140
39Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,130
40Larry Oxendine, Joplin, MO1,120
#41Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR1,105
 Robby Porter, Portland, OR1,105
43Brad Snell, Itasca, IL1,090
44Norm Duke, Edmond, OK1,075
 Marc McDowell, Madison, WI1,075
46Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,060
#47Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ1,050
48Brian Davis, Casselberry, FL1,040
49Scott Alexander, Seattle1,030
50Adam Colton, Coral Springs, FL1,020
51Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,010
52Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ1,000
53Hugo McGroty, Schenectady, NV498
 Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL498

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Steve Jaros, 4336. 23rd place-Jack Jurek and Amleto Monacelli, 4107. 53rd place-Hugo McGroty and Bob Vespi 3998. #--Kelly Coffman, Jeff Morin,, Amleto Monacelli, Brian Voss, Mark Williams, Brian LeClair, Dave Husted, Jeff Zaffino and Steve Jaros rolled 300 games ($200 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Len Blakey, Jess Stayrook, Michael Luft, Ron Palombi Jr, Tony Cariello, Del Ballard Jr., Pete Weber, Eugene McCune, Ted Hannahs, Bryan Goebel, Paul Koehler, Ryan Shafer and Bill Oakes ($50 each).