Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open

Carolier Lanes, North Brunswick, NJ, Apr 9-13, 1996

Walter Ray Wins Third Title Of '96 At Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open

Walter Ray Williams Jr. won his third PBA title of the year and established himself as the early favorite for IOF/PBA Player of the Year honors, when he won the Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open.

Williams, a PBA Hall of Famer from Stockton, Calif., is the first player since Norm Duke in 1994 to win as many as three titles in the first four months of the year. Duke won four of his five titles in 1994 from January through April.

Williams earned the $34,000 check the hard way, qualifying fourth and winning all four of his matches. The title match, which was contested for the first time in an arena setting before more than 3,000 fans at Rutgers University's Louis Brown Athletic Center, was a 216-195 win over tournament leader Steve Jaros, who pocketed $18,000.

"To win four matches in a row you have to have some breaks," said Williams.

Pete Weber, the Tour's all-time earnings leader from St. Ann, Mo., was victimized by three splits in the opening match, including a pocket 7-10 in the sixth frame. Williams stayed away from the open frames and won, 217-201. Weber earned $6,500 for fifth.

Match two was a battle of the William.' as Walter Ray dueled four-time titlist Ron William. of Fort Worth, Texas. Walter Ray struck in every frame but the third, when he converted the 10-pin for a spare, and cruised to a 279-233 victory. Ron William. collected $8,000 for fourth.

The semifinal match was also a rout as Williams struck on nine of 12 shots and buried Baltimore's Danny Wiseman, 267-171. The loss lowered Wiseman's TV record to 23-7, which is still the best in PBA history, and left him with the third-place check for $10,000.

Williams' check pushed him to earnings in the 1990. alone to almost $1.1 million.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA979 (4 games)$34,000
2Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL195 (1 game)18,000
3Danny Wiseman, Baltimore171 (1 game)10,000
4Ron William, Fort Worth, TX233 (1 game)8,000
5Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO201 (1 game)6,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-W.R. Williams defeated Weber, 217-201; W.R. Williams defeated R. William, 279-233; W.R. William defeated Wiseman, 267-171; and in the championship game, W.R. William. defeated Jaros, 216-195.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 10243 243.9 14-10-0 420 10663 
2Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 10036 238.9 19-4-1 585 10621 
#3Ron William., Fort Worth, TX 10124 241.0 14-9-1 435 10559 
4W.R. William. Jr., Stockton, CA 9994 237.9 15-8-1 465 10459 
5Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9985 237.7 15-9-0 450 10435 
#6Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 9992 237.9 12-10-2 390 10382 $5,500
7Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA 9906 235.9 14-8-2 450 10356 5,000
8Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9883 235.3 13-11-0 390 10273 4,500
9Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9870 235.0 12-12-0 360 10230 4,000
10Joe Firpo, Bedford, TX 9878 235.2 10-14-0 300 10178 3,600
11Dennis Horan, San Diego 9845 234.4 11-13-0 330 10175 3,300
12Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 9732 231.7 14-10-0 420 10152 3,000
13John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9836 234.2 10-14-0 300 10136 2,800
14Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 9710 231.2 13-11-0 390 10100 2,600
15Scott Alexander, Seattle 9714 231.3 12-12-0 360 10074 2,500
#16Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 9693 230.8 11-13-0 330 10023 2,400
17Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9644 229.6 11-13-0 330 9974 2,300
18Tony Rosamilia, Ledgewood, NJ 9619 229.0 11-12-1 345 9964 2,200
19Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX 9679 230.5 8-14-2 270 9949 2,100
20Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9704 231.0 7-17-0 210 9914 2,000
21Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9505 226.3 11-13-0 330 9835 1,900
22Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9533 226.9 9-15-0 270 9803 1,800
23Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, MD 9377 223.3 10-13-1 315 9692 1,700
#24Joe Krajkovich, Branchburg, NJ 9307 221.6 6-17-1 195 9502 1,650


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM$1,475
 David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,355
27Stephen Hardy, Methuen, MA1,310
 James Scaccia, Voorheesville, NY1,310
 Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR1,310
30George Branham III, Indianapolis1,290
31David Traber, Woodstock, IL1,280
32Brian Voss, Atlanta1,270
33John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI1,255
 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,255
35Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,235
 Robert Stempien Jr., Wyandotte, MI1,235
37John Handegard, Las Vegas1,220
#38Mark Bradley, Akron, OH1,200
 Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,200
 Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY1,200
41Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,180
#42Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ1,170
43Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,160
44Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ1,150
45Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL1,140
46Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY1,130
47Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,120
48Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE1,110
49Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,100
#50Teats Semiz, Wanaque, NJ1,085
 Chris Warren, Dallas1,085
52Robby Porter, Augusta, KS1,070
53Doug Kempt, Temple City, CA530
 Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL530

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Ron William., 4339. 24th place-Joe Krajkovich, 4127. 53rd place-Doug Kempt and Ricky Ward, 4060. #-Norm Titus, Eugene McCune, Norm Duke (3), Mark Bradley, Ray Szajko, Joe Krajkovich, Doug Kent, Teats Semiz, Steve Jams, Steve Wilson and Ron William. rolled 300 games ($100 each. PRO-AM CASHERS-Robert Stempien Jr., Mike Aulby, Curtis Odom, Eugene McCune, Jeff Lizzi, John Handegard, John Gant, Danny Wiseman, Ricky Ward, Eddie Williams, Ken McNeely, Mark Williams, Dave Wodka, Justin Hromek, Ron Papp, Amleto Monacelli, Mark Turney, Bryan Goebel, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Michael Haugen, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Dennis Horan Jr., Parker Bohn III, Billy Myers Jr., Pete Weber and David Traber ($50 each).