Greater Harrisburg Open



$100,000 GREATER HARRISBURG OPEN
ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, PA, Nov 2-6, 1996

Williams Jr. Teaches While The Other Jr. Learns

Walter Ray Williams Jr., defeated Bob Learn Jr., in a battle of the top two earnings leaders for 1996 and top candidates for IOF/PBA Player of the Year, 214-202. The Greater Harrisburg Open became Williams' fifth title of the year and 21st career title. For the victory Williams took home $16,000.

Fittingly, the match came down to the final frame. Williams was in control early, striking in four of his first five frames while Learn started with a double, had an open frame in the third after failing to convert a 2-4-8-10 split then converted two single pin spares.

Williams had a chance to close Learn out, but the 5-pin refused to fall on his first shot in the 10th, giving Learn a chance to win. Needing the first two strikes in his 10th frame, Learn left a screaming 10-pin on his first shot and had to settle for the second-place check worth $8,500.

Williams, who was seeded fourth, started his title run early by knocking off Norm Duke in the opening match of the ESPN telecast, 288-238. A 2-pin on his second shot in the 10th cost him the perfect game.

Next up was Bill Oakes, who Williams defeated, 207-184. The semifinal match was a 228-227 win over Mark Williams, who had a chance to force a two frame roll off, but left the 3-pin on his last shot in the 10th.

The title gave Williams his second consecutive win in as many tournaments as he didn't bowl the Touring Pro-Senior Doubles.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA936 (4 games)$16,000
2Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA202 (1 game)8,500
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX227 (1 game)5,000
4Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK184 (1 game)4,000
5Norm Duke, Clermont, FL238 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-W.R. Williams defeated Duke, 288-238; W.R. Williams defeated Oakes, 206-184; W.R. Williams defeated M. Williams, 228-227; and in the championship game, W.R. Williams defeated Learn, 214-202.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9555 227.5 17-7-0 510 10065 
2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9583 228.2 15-9-0 450 10033 
3Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 9446 224.9 16-8-0 480 9926 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9366 223.0 16-8-0 480 9846 
5Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9439 224.7 12-12-0 360 9799 
6Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9388 223.5 12-12-0 360 9748 $2,500
7Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC 9274 220.8 13-11-0 390 9664 2,200
#8Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9288 221.1 12-12-0 360 9648 2,000
9Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 9287 221.2 12-12-0 360 9647 1,800
10Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9208 219.2 14-10-0 420 9628 1,700
11Ed Carter, Akron, OH 9159 218.1 14-9-1 435 9594 1,650
12Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9262 220.5 9-14-1 285 9547 1,600
13Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX 9098 216.6 12-11-1 375 9473 1,560
14Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 9040 215.2 14-10-0 420 9460 1,520
15Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9170 218.3 8-14-2 270 9440 1,490
16Brian Eaton, Amherst, NY 9006 214.4 14-10-0 420 9426 1,460
17Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9086 216.3 11-13-0 330 9416 1,430
18Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9079 216.2 10-14-0 300 9379 1,400
19Scoff Alexander, Seattle 9042 215.3 11-13-0 330 9372 1,370
20Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9070 215.9 9-14-1 285 9355 1,325
 Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY 9025 214.9 11-13-0 330 9355 1,325
22Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9122 217.2 6-18-0 180 9302 1,290
23Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9012 214.6 9-15-0 270 9282 1,270
24Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 8926 212.5 8-16-0 240 9166 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Justin Hromek, Andover, KS$1,025
 John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI1,025
27Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX1,010
28Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,000
*29Don Moser, Murrieta, CA1,010
#30John Handegard, Las Vegas980
31Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX970
32Danny Wiseman, Baltimore960
33Lee Cohen, Willingboro, NJ945
 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela945
35Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ930
36Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI920
37Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH910
38Ray Szajko, South Bend, IN900
39Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ890
40Michael Thompson, Venice, FL880
41Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS870
42Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX860
43Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY850
44David Traber, Woodstock, IL840
45Greg Kemp, San Antonio830
46Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL815
 Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO815
48Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI800

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bob Learn Jr., 4170. 24th place-Brian Eaton, 3872. 48th place-Billy Orlikowski, 3792. #-John Handegard, Billy Heltzel Jr. and Bob Spaulding rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS John Handegard, Greg Kemp, Eric Forkel, Mike Aulby, Michael Luft and Brian LeClair ($50 each).