Brunswick World Tournament Of Champions
$300,000 BRUNSWICK WORLD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV, Jan 21-25, 1997
Gant Wins Brunswick World T Of C
John Gant, who returned to the PBA Tour in the fall of 1994 after a seven-year layoff, captured his first "major" when he defeated Mike Aulby to win the prestigious Brunswick World Tournament of Champions at the National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Gant, a 39-year-old from Winston-Salem, N.C., won the title match, 208-187, over tournament leader Aulby in the ESPN telecast. The title was the fourth of Gant's career and earned the former PBA Rookie of the Year (1984) $60,000, a Bayliner boat, motor and trailer package and a five-year exemption into this event.
The start of the final match was delayed for 25 minutes when the fire alarm at the Stadium went off after a delivery truck destroyed several sprinkler heads in the parking garage. The match was further complicated when a computer glitch kept the pinsetters on a "first ball" setting, sweeping off spare attempts and setting a full rack of pins after every shot. All spares in the final match had to be re-set before the attempt at conversion could be made.
"I think all the distractions actually helped me," said Gant. "They took my mind off the fact that I was bowling for our biggest title. I was more relaxed for the title match than I was for the semifinal against Parker Bohn."
Gant gained the lead in the final match after Aulby opened in the fourth frame following a 7-10 split. Gant highlighted the title match with three consecutive strikes in frames four through six. He had his only open frame in the seventh after a 2-10 split, but Aulby also opened in the seventh after a 4-6-8-10 split. Gant converted two single-pin spares in frames eight and nine, then struck on his first two shots in the 10th to secure the win.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Couch defeated Ward, 233-175; Bohn defeated Couch, 169-162; Gant defeated Bohn, 238-224; and in the championship game, Gant defeated Aulby, 208-187. Gant also won a Bayliner boat. 48-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader--John Mazza, 5610. 24th place--Eric Forkel, 5248. 65th place-Jeff Lizzi, 4684. #--John Mazza rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-David Ozio, Dave Traber, Ted Hannahs, Eric Forkel, Hugh Miller and Jason Couch ($50 each). t-Non-PBA member.
*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader--John Mazza, 5610. 24th place--Eric Forkel, 5248. 65th place-Jeff Lizzi, 4684. #--John Mazza rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-David Ozio, Dave Traber, Ted Hannahs, Eric Forkel, Hugh Miller and Jason Couch ($50 each). t-Non-PBA member.