Greater Baltimore Open



$120,000 GREATER BALTIMORE OPEN
Country Club Lanes, Baltimore, MD, May 21-25, 1996

Aulby Earns 24th Title At Baltimore Open

Mike Aulby got the best of his fellow PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. and collected his 24th title as he captured the Greater Baltimore Open.

Aulby, Indianapolis, qualified as the tournament leader and defeated Williams, Stockton, Calif., in the title match, 248-237, to garner his first win of the year and the $19,000 first-place check. The win vaulted Aulby past Williams into second-place on the all-time earnings list.

Aulby, the reigning IOF/PBA Player of the Year, was making his first TV appearance of the year in a PBA event (he finished second at the American Bowling Congress Masters).

"I've been Player of the Year three times now and this is the first year that I've managed to win the year after earning those honors," said Aulby. "It's very exhausting mentally and physically when you have that kind of year and it makes the following year a little tough. This is a great feeling to win and break that jinx."

Aulby had to face Williams after a semifinal match in which Williams came very close to perfection. Bowling against hometown favorite Danny Wiseman who had advanced with a 217-190 win over John Gant in match one and a 218-201 victory over Eric Forkel in match two, Williams started with the first 10 strikes before leaving a solid eight-pin. A perfect game would have been worth $100,0000 from ACDelco, but Williams settled for a 289-170 win and a spot in the championship match.

With 24 PBA titles and more than $1.7 million in earnings, Aulby is now considered by many as one of the greatest bowlers in PBA history, but the 36-year-old isn't comfortable with that kind of praise.

"I've never thought about that kind of thing in the past or now," said Aulby. "It is flattering, but I try not to take it seriously."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis248 (1 game)$19,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA526 (2 games)10,000
3Danny Wiseman, Baltimore605 (3 games)6,000
4Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ201 (1 game)5,000
5John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC190 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Wiseman defeated Gant, 217-190; Wiseman defeated Forkel, 218-201; Williams defeated Wiseman, 289-170; and in the championship game, Aulby defeated Williams, 248-237.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9789 233.1 11-13-0 330 10119 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9501 226.2 17-7-0 510 10011 
3Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9452 225.0 13-11-0 390 9842 
4Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9356 222.8 16-8-0 480 9836 
5John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9374 223.2 15-9-0 450 9824 
6Dennis Horan. San Diego 9363 222.9 15-9-0 450 9813 $3,200
7Don Best Jr., Cantonment, FL 9432 224.6 12-12-0 360 9792 3,050
8Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9403 223.9 12-12-0 360 9763 2,925
9Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9366 223.0 13-11-0 390 9756 2,800
#10Juston Hromek, Andover, KS 9300 221.4 15-9-0 450 9750 2,675
11Doug Kent, Canandaigua NY 9246 220.1 14-10-0 420 9666 2,550
#12Jim Johson, Wilmington, DE 9212 219.3 15-9-0 450 9662 2,425
13Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, WC 9300 221.4 11-13-0 330 9630 2,300
14Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 9169 218.3 14-10-0 420 9589 2,175
15Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9223 219.6 12-12-0 360 9583 2,050
16Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9188 218.8 12-12-0 360 9548 1,925
17Mike Scroggins. Amarillo. TX 9164 218.2 12-12-0 360 9524 1,800
18Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9246 220.1 9-15-0 270 9516 1,675
19Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9191 218.8 8-16-0 240 9431 1,550
20Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX 9038 215.2 11-13-0 330 9368 1,450
21Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9095 216.5 9-15-0 270 9365 1,350
22Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 8855 210.8 9-15-0 270 9125 1,250
23Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 8830 210.2 6-18-0 180 9010 1,150
24Robby Callan, Vacaville, CA 8786 209.2 7-17-0 210 8996 1,050

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS$1,025
26Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY890
27Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX870
28Jeff Morin Rockaway' NJ855
 David Ozio, Vidor, TX855
30Martin Letscher, Niles, OH840
31George Branham III, Indianapolis828
 Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL828
33Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH820
34Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL815
35Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS810
36Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL805
37Eugene McCune, Munster, IN798
 Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ798
39Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY788
 Dave Wodka, Las Vegas788
41Steve Wishner, Port Chester, NY780
42Rick Easley, Van Nuys, CA775
43Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky OH770
44Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL765
45Hugo McGroty, Schenectady, NY760
46Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY755
47Scott Holden, Baltimore750
48Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ745
49John Handegard, Las Vegas738
 Don Moser, San Jose, CA738
51Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ730
52Michael Hardee, Myrtle Beach, SC723
 Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ723

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Mike Aulby, 4300. 24th place-Justin Hromek, 3930. 52nd place-Michael Hardee and Jess Stayrook, 3836. #-Mike Aulby, Justin Hromek, Scott Holden and Jim Johnson rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Mark Williams, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jess Stayrook, Ernie Schlegel, Wayne Webb and Pete Weber ($50 each).