BPAA U.S. Open - Archived Standings
$250,000 BPAA U.S. OPEN
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, IN, Sep 28-Oct 4, 1996
Husted Wins Back-To-Back U.S. Opens
Dave Husted became the first player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles, in Market Square Arena in front of 1,400 screaming fans. Also, for the first time in PBA history the men and women competed at the same venue at the same time with Liz Johnson claiming the LPBT title.
Husted from Milwaukie, Ore., defeated BPAA entry George Brooks, from Aurora, Col., 216-214, to earn his 13th PBA title and a check worth $46,000. The title is also the 36-year-olds fifth since announcing his "semi-retirement" in 1994.
"There's just nothing more gratifying than winning," said Husted. "I've been fortunate the last three or four years to do OK."
Brooks made only one mistake in the match, but Husted made him pay for that mistake. After watching Husted miss a 10-pin in the fifth frame, Brooks jumped out to the lead and held it until his fatal ninth frame and the result was a rally killing 2-10 split. The split allowed Husted to regain the lead for good. For his effort, Brooks received a handsome sum of $24,000.
Husted, the No. 3 seed in the four man finals, knocked off fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the opening round, 257-233. Then in the next match he downed Pete Weber, 257-244, to set up the title match with Brooks.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Husted defeated Williams, 257-233; Husted defeated Weber, 257-244; and in the championship game, Husted defeated Brooks, 216-214. 56-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 7211. 24th place-Jason Couch, 6182. 60th place-Mark Williams, 6548. t-BPAA entrant.
*-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 7211. 24th place-Jason Couch, 6182. 60th place-Mark Williams, 6548. t-BPAA entrant.