Rochester Open



$110,000 ROCHESTER OPEN
Marcel's Olympic Bowl, Rochester, NY, Oct 21-25, 1995

Williams Jr. Wins First Title Of Year

Walter Ray Williams Jr. barely made the cut to match play in the Rochester Open, but once he was in he made it miserable on the other 23 bowlers who qualified ahead of them.

Williams defeated tournament leader David Traber, 235-232, in the title match (televised live by ESPN) to win his 16th career title and $17,500. Williams struck on his last seven shots to earn the win and became just the 12th player in PBA history to qualify 24th and go on to win the title.

Traber, who led the tournament by 349 pins, started the final match quickly striking in five of his first six frames while Williams struggled early. Williams spared in the first, struck in the second, had an open frame after a 4-6-7 split in the third and then decided to switch balls.

Said Williams, "I figured I was losing the match anyway, so I might as well try something."

That "something" turned out to be the key victory as Williams spared after a solid eight-pin in the fourth, then struck out.

Traber, of Woodstock, Ill., found himself needing the first strike in the 10th for the win, or 9-spare, strike to insure a lie. He got eight on his first shot and ended up losing by two.

Williams, of Stockton, Calif., entered the finals fourth-seeded and set-up the title match against Traber with wins over Marc McDowell, 233-200, Steve Wilson, 226-212, and Roger Bowker, 228-227.

McDowell, of Madison, Wis., won his last title here in 1992, but a missed 4-7 spare conversion left him with the fifth-place check of $3,500. Wilson, of Tamarac, Fla., was making his fourth career telecast and was in search of his first win, but finished fourth for $4,500. Bowker, a two-time winner in Rochester (1990 and '93) from Ocala, Fla., settled for third and $5,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA922 (4 games)$17,500
2David Traber, Woodstock, IL232 (1 game)9,000
3Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL227 (1 game)5,500
4Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL212 (1 game)4,500
5Marc McDowell, Madison, WI200 (1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Williams defeated McDowell, 233-200; Williams defeated Wilson, 226-212; Williams defeated Bowker, 228-227; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Traber, 235-232.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9990 237.9 18-6-0 540 10530 
2Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9731 231.7 15-9-0 450 10181 
3Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 9629 229.3 15-9-0 450 10079 
#4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9611 228.8 14-9-1 435 10046 
5Marc McDowell, Madison, WI 9599 228.5 14-9-1 435 10034 
6Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9526 226.8 15-9-0 450 9976 $2,925
7Bryan Goebel, Merriam. KS 9550 227.4 12-11-1 375 9925 2,800
8Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9484 225.8 13-10-1 405 9889 2,675
9John Handegard, Las Vegas 9548 227.3 11-13-0 330 9878 2,550
10Jeff Lizzi, Medford, NY 9460 225.2 13-11-0 390 9850 2,425
11Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 9434 224.1 13-10-1 405 9839 2,300
#12Warren Nelson, Fresno, CA 9502 226.2 11-13-0 330 9832 2,175
13Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9422 224.3 13-10-1 405 9827 2,050
#14Mike Edwards. Oklahoma City 9485 225.8 9-13-2 300 9785 1,950
15Robby Porter, Portland, OR 9414 224.1 12-12-0 360 9774 1,850
16Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9453 225.1 10-13-1 315 9768 1,750
17Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE 9534 227.0 6-16-2 210 9744 1,650
18Ron Williams. Fort Worth, TX 9381 223.4 12-12-0 360 9741 1,550
19Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9354 222.7 12-12-0 360 9714 1,450
#20Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 9342 222.4 7-16-1 225 9567 1,350
21Steve Wishner, Port Chester, NY 9230 219.8 10-14-0 300 9530 1,250
22Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ 9194 218.9 10-14-0 300 9494 1,150
23Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg HIS., OH 9126 217.3 10-14-0 300 9426 1,050
24Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH 9171 218.4 7-17-0 210 9381 1,000

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX$975
26Wayne Webb, Barberton, OH830
27Don Moser, San Jose, CA810
28George Mielnik, Holidaysburg, PA795
 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela795
30Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NV780
31Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA775
32John Losito, Elmira, NY770
33Avery LeBlanc, Houma, LA765
34Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM760
35Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY755
36Norm Duke, Edmond, OK750
37Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI745
38Adam Apo, Florissant, MO738
 Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL738
40Rick Steelsmith, Wichita. KS730
41Pat Malone, Erie, PA723
 Eugene McCune, Munster, IN723
43Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ715

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-David Traber, 4482. 24th place-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4007. 43rd place-Dave Arnold, 3909. #-David Traber, Warren Nelson, Mike Edwards, Bill Oakes, Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr. rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bob Learn Jr., Jack Jurek, Doug Kent, Pat Malone, John Hendry, Roger Bowker, Frank Ingerling, Mark Williams, Brian Eaton, Avery LeBlanc, Marc McDowell, Dave D'Entremont and Bryan Goebel ($50 each).