Greater Detroit Open



$120,000 GREATER DETROIT OPEN
Taylor Lanes, Taylor, MI, Jun 11-15, 1996

Doug Kent Motors In Greater Detroit Open

Doug Kent had yet to win a PBA title in his eight years as a Touring Pro. Jeff Zaffino was bowling his eighth PBA event and making his first appearance in the championship round. The advantage in the title match of the Greater Detroit Open went to Kent and the result was a 227-217 win for him and a payday worth $19,000.

"I'm usually the bowler with less experience when it comes to TV," said Kent. "I knew he would be nervous and probably not concentrating fully on what he should be, which is winning the match. But I give him credit, he finished strong and made me earn the win."

Zaffino, a 36-year-old father of two from Warren, Pa., was looking for an early Father's Day gift at the Allen Park Civic Center. The right-hander displayed his nervousness when he started the match by missing a 10-pin in the first frame. Zaffino earned $10,000 for finishing second.

Although Kent faced a "TV" rookie for the title, he had to beat an experienced field to get that far. He opened the telecast with a near-perfect 278-257 win over 11-time champion Parker Bohn Ill. He then defeated three time titlist Eric Forkel, 258-247, in match two before eliminating two-time winner Dave Arnold, 227-194, in the semifinal match. Kent averaged 247.25 for his four games.

Kent said, "I've knocked on the door so many times and I've had a lot of great bowlers bowl some great games against me on TV to keep me from winning. My dad used to say that once you got your first 300, more would follow. I hope that theory applies to titles as well."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY990 (4 games)$19,000
2Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA217 (1 game)10,000
3Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ194 (1 game)6,000
4Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ247 (1 game)5,000
5Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ257 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Kent defeated Bohn, 278-257; Kent defeated Forkel, 258-247: Kent defeated Arnold, 227-194; and in the championship game, Kent defeated Zaffino, 227-217.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 9688 230.7 15-9-0 450 10138 
2Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9786 233.0 11-13-0 330 10116 
3Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9611 228.8 14-10-0 420 10031 
4Parker Bohn III, Jackson. NJ 9545 227.3 15-8-1 465 10010 
5Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9515 226.5 14-10-0 420 9935 
#6Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9495 226.1 14-10-0 420 9915 $3,200
7Dennis Horan, San Diego 9487 225.9 14-10-0 420 9907 3,050
#8Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9490 225.9 12-11-1 375 9865 2,925
9Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9432 224.6 13-9-2 420 9852 2,800
10Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ 9397 223.7 15-9-0 450 9847 2,675
11Martin Letscher, Niles, OH 9344 222.5 15-9-0 450 9794 2,550
12Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 9390 223.6 13-11-0 390 9780 2,425
13Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 9515 226.5 8-16-0 240 9755 2,300
14Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE 9378 223.3 12-12-0 360 9738 2,175
15Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 9314 221.8 13-10-1 405 9719 2,050
16Don Moser, San Jose, CA 9283 221.0 14-10-0 420 9703 1,925
17Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9336 222.3 12-12-0 360 9696 1,800
18Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9369 223.1 9-14-1 285 9654 1,675
19Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 9341 222.4 10-14-0 300 9641 1,550
20Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9335 222.3 10-14-0 300 9635 1,450
21Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9137 217.6 8-16-0 240 9377 1,350
22Gene Stus, Allen Park, MI 9026 214.9 9-15-0 270 9296 1,250
t23Anthony Lombardo, Lowellville, OH 6635 214.0 5-7-0 150 6785 1,080
#24Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH 9022 214.8 6-18-0 180 9202 1,100

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25David Traber, Woodstock, IL$950
26Michael Azcarate, Sunrise, FL918
 Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ918
t28Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA1,025
29Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX890
t30Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL945
31Daniel Cole, Plainfield, IN870
32Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, OH865
33Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA858
 Hugh Miller, Seattle858
35Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX850
36Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, NY845
37Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS840
38Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX833
 Dave Wodka, Las Vegas833
40Randy Pedersen, Hollywood. FL825
41Marshall Holman, Medford, OR820
42Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD815
43Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, MI808
 Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ808
45Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS800
46Mike Shoemaker, San Antonio795
47Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL790
48Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK785
49Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL780
50Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL775
51Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX770
52George Branham III, Indianapolis765
53C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA760

t-Anthony Lombardo replaced Ron Palombi (thumb injury) after 11 games of match play. Lombardo was penalized 240 Pins, the difference between their qualifying scores (120) and the bonus pins Palombi accumulated (120). Lombardo and Palombi split the money for 23rd and 28th place combined ($1,025). Ricky Ward assumed the alternate position. 18-game qualifying leader Jack Jurek, 4231. 24th place-Gene Stus, 3988. 53rd place-C.K. Moore, 3889. #-John Handegard, Rick Steelsmith (2), Jimmy Johnson and Ernie Schlegel rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Mike Edwards, John Handegard, Parker Bohn III, Butch Soper, Dave D'Entremont and Dave Arnold ($50 each).