Cleveland Open



$100,000 CLEVELAND OPEN
Brunswick Ambassador Lanes, Bedford, OH, Oct 5-9, 1996

George Branham III Captures Cleveland Open

It had been three years of frustration since George Branham III won the 1993 Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio, but, at the Cleveland Open in Bedford, Ohio, Branham returned to the Professional Bowlers Association winner's circle.

Branham, Indianapolis, defeated Mark Williams, 223-194 in the title match for his fifth title and the $16,000 first-place check.

"I was surprised at how nervous I was," Branham said. "I may have been more nervous than when I won the T of C. After going more than three years without winning, it really makes this win special. I'm just really relieved."

If he was nervous for the championship match of the ESPN telecast, it didn't show. Branham qualified as tournament leader and waited in the wings as Williams, Beaumont, Texas, squeaked out a 193-191 win over John Mazza in the semifinal match.

In the title match Williams' two open frames proved to be the difference between another runner-up performance and that victory he has been looking for since his last title in 1988.

The opening match of the championship round saw Mazza, who was seeded fourth, knock off fifth-seeded Walter Ray Williams Jr., 246-228. Mazza then defeated Bob Learn Jr., 247-236, before being stopped in the semifinal.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1George Branham III, Indianapolis234 (1 game)$16,000
2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX387 (2 games)8,500
3John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI684 (3 games)5,000
4Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA236 (1 game)4,000
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA228 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Mazza defeated Williams Jr., 246-228; Mazza defeated Learn, 247-236; M. Williams defeated Mazza, 193-191; and in the championship game, Branham defeated M. Williams, 234-194.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1George Branham III, Indianapolis 9755 232.3 17-6-1 525 10280 
2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9705 231.1 14-9-1 435 10140 
3Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9601 228.6 17-7-0 510 10111 
4John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 9592 228.4 17-7-0 510 10102 
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9630 229.3 15-9-0 450 10080 
6Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9542 227.2 16-8-0 480 10022 $2,500
#7Brian Voss, Atlanta 9558 227.6 14-9-1 435 9993 2,350
#8Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9558 227.6 13-10-1 405 9963 2,300
9Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9404 223.9 14-10-0 420 9824 2,200
10DeL Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX 9391 223.6 14-10-0 420 9811 2,100
11Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 9431 224.5 11-12-1 345 9776 2,000
12Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA 9379 223.3 12-12-0 360 9739 1,900
13Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9295 221.3 14-10-0 420 9715 1,800
14Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ 9427 224.4 9-15-0 270 9697 1,700
15Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9358 222.8 11-13-0 330 9688 1,600
16Joe Firpo, Bedford, TX 9263 220.5 12-12-0 360 9623 1,550
17Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9267 220.6 10-14-0 300 9567 1,500
18Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9233 219.8 10-13-1 315 9548 1,450
19Chris Warren, Dallas 9210 219.3 10-14-0 300 9510 1,400
20Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA 9068 215.9 10-14-0 300 9368 1,350
21Norm Loescher, Grafton, OH 8931 212.6 9-15-0 270 9201 1,300
22John Handegard. Las Vegas 9002 214.3 6-18-0 180 9182 1,250
23Eddie Williams, Van Nuys, CA 8820 210.0 7-17-0 210 9030 1,200
24Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 8834 210.3 3-21-0 90 8924 1,150

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY$9
26Danny Wiseman, Baltimore8
27Scott Alexander, Seattle8
28Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX8
29Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA8
 Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX8
*31Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY9
32Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL8
33Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts.,OH8
34Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC8
35Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI8
36Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY190
37Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS180
38Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL170
39Mike Aulby, Indianapolis160
40Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NV145
 Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ145
42Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX130
43Terry Taylor, Grand Prairie, TX120
44Martin Letscher, Niles, OH110
45Jimmy Davis, Houston350
 Jeff Hickenbottom, Tustin Ranch, CA350

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4232. 24th place-Justin Hromek, 4038. 45th place-Jeff Hickenbottom and Jimmy Davis, 3953. #-Brian Voss, Bob Spaulding, Don Moser, Carl Bishop and Greg Kemp rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bryon Smith, Dale Eagle. Bryan Goebel, Greg Newtson and Norm Duke ($50 each); Johnny Petraglia and Bob Learn Jr. ($25 each).