Tucson Open



$100,000 TUCSON OPEN
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, AZ, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1996

Goebel Repeats In Tucson

Bryan Goebel may just move to Tucson, or at least see if he can buy part interest in Golden Pin Lanes. Goebel, Merriam, Kan., became the first person to successfully defend a title since Steve Hoskins won back-to-back Quaker State events in 1993-94.

Goebel, who was the tournament leader, defeated Ricky Ward, 224-217, to win his eighth title and $16,000. The victory made Goebel the first three-time champion in the 35 years the Tour has been visiting Tucson.

"I'm already looking forward to next year," said Goebel. "Actually, it hasn't sunk in that I've won back-to-back and three times here. It's tough to repeat because everyone knows you're the defending champion and it adds a little pressure, but you also have some extra confidence when you come to a place where you've won before."

Ward got to the title match with a 248-232 semifinal win over Mark Williams. Williams won the first two matches of the telecast, defeating Don Moser in the opener, 235-208, and besting Scott Alexander in match two, 179-155.

Ward earned $8,500 for second. Williams, Beaumont, Texas collected $5,000 for third. Alexander, Seattle, pocketed $4,000 for fourth and Moser, San Jose, Calif., received $3,000 for fifth. Six of Goebel's eight titles have come in a little more than two years, but the 34-year-old hasn't changed his focus or goals.

"My goals have never changed and I just try to get a check every week and then go from there," said Goebel. "I have dreams, like winning 10 titles or a major and being considered for the PBA Hall of Fame, but I wouldn't classify them as goals."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS224 (1 game)$16,000
2Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL465 (2 games)8,500
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX646 (3 games)5,000
4Scott Alexander, Seattle155 (1 game)4,000
5Don Moser, San Jose, CA208 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Williams defeated Moser, 235-208; Williams defeated Alexander, 179-155; Ward defeated Williams, 248-232; and in the championship game, Goebel defeated Ward, 224-217.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9525 226.8 15-8-1 465 9990 
#2Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9503 226.3 16-8-0 480 9983 
3Scott Alexander, Seattle 9581 228.1 12-11-1 375 9956 
4Don Moser, San Jose, CA 9452 225.1 15-7-2 480 9932 
5Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9502 226.2 13-10-1 405 9907 
6Chris Warren, Dallas 9356 222.8 17-7-0 510 9866 $2,675
7David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9452 225.1 13-11-0 390 9842 2,550
8Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 9201 219.1 13-11-0 390 9591 2,425
9Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9180 218.6 13-11-0 390 9570 2,300
10Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC 9167 218.3 13-11-0 390 9557 2,200
11Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9224 219.6 11-13-0 330 9554 2,100
12Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL 9101 216.7 14-10-0 420 9521 2,000
13John Handegard, Las Vegas 9178 218.5 10-14-0 300 9478 1,900
14Kelly Bennett, Auburn Hills, MI 9163 218.2 10-14-0 300 9463 1,800
15Jeff Hickenbottom, Thousand Oaks, CA 9127 217.3 11-13-0 330 9457 1,700
16Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ 9100 216.7 11-13-0 330 9430 1,600
17Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA 9068 215.9 12-12-0 360 9428 1,500
18Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 8908 212.1 14-10-0 420 9328 1,400
19Wayne Webb, Barberton, OH 9096 216.6 6-18-0 180 9276 1,350
20Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9003 214.4 9-15-0 270 9273 1,300
21Rick Berry, Lake Forest, CA 8824 210.1 10-13-1 315 9139 1,250
t22Mark Lopez, Tucson, AZ 8823 210.1 9-15-0 270 9093 1,200
23Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC 8882 211.5 6-17-1 195 9077 1,150
+24Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 5727 220.3 6-2-0 180 5907 1,035

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL$1,035
26Larry Laub, Tucson, AZ930
*27Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX940
28Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ880
29Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ870
30Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX860
31Mark Bradley, Akron, OH850
32Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD840
33Paul Colwell, Tucson, AZ830
34Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX820
35Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY810
36Andy Neuer, Milton, PA800
37Dennis Horan, San Diego790
38Bob Laster, Costa Mesa, CA780

*-Match play alternate. +-Bob Vespi withdrew after 34 games and was replaced by Mike Miller, who was penalized 106 pins, the difference between their qualifying totals. 18-game qualifying leader-Scott Alexander, 4176. 24th place-Steve Wilson, 3907. 38th place-Bob Laster, 3837. #-Ricky Ward rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bob Vespi, Darrell LaRose, Rick Lawrence, David Ozio, Dave Bolles and John Handegard ($50 each). t-Non-PBA member.