Columbia 300 Open



$140,000 COLUMBIA 300 OPEN
Highland Lanes, Austin, TX, Jan 28-Feb 1, 1997

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins Columbia 300 Open

Walter Ray Williams Jr. started 1997 the same way he finished 1996, on top.

The 1996 IOF/PBA Player of the Year defeated Andy Neuer, 233-200, in the title match of the Columbia 300 Open at Highland Lanes In Austin, Texas. The win was the 22nd of Wllliams' hall of fame career and tied him with Marshall Holman for career wins.

The win came after a 24th place showing at the season-opening Brunswick World T of C, the only time in Williams' career he has finished "last" In match play.

"I really wanted to bowl well because I was so disappointed with the way I bowled at the Brunswick World T of C," said the 37-year-old Williams. "This is redemption of sorts, but I think 1 still need to bowl well for the next couple of weeks to make up for the showing last week."

Williams faced Neuer In the title match on a pair of lanes that had yielded a 181 average for Neuer's first three opponents. But the three-time PBA Player of the Year didn't have the same problems as Neuer's earlier foes as he started the match with six consecutive strikes.

Neuer, whose only title came in 1994 when he defeated Williams in the Bud Light Championship in Richmond Heights, Mo., struck on three of his first four shots in the title match before leaving the 6-8 split in the fifth frame for an open frame. He followed the open frame with a strike and three consecutive spare conversions, a 4-9 split in the seventh stopped Williams' string, but he answered with a pair of spare conversions himself and then opened the 10th with the first strike to seal the match.

Fifth-seeded Tommy Delutz, Jamaica, N.Y., made his third career telecast while Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio, was making his second telecast.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA233 (1 game)$22,000
2Andy Neuer, Milton, PA838 (4 games)11,500
3Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL212 (1 game)8,500
4Brian Himmler, Cincinnati161 (1 game)6,500
5Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY171 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Neuer defeated Delutz, 185-171; Neuer defeated Himmler, 234-161; Neuer defeated Pedersen, 219-212; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Neuer, 233-200.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9516 226.6 15-9-0 450 9966 
2Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9404 223.9 18-6-0 540 9944 
#3Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9435 224.6 12-11-1 375 9810 
4Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 9344 222.5 15-9-0 450 9794 
5Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9388 223.5 13-10-1 405 9793 
6Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9300 221.4 15-8-1 465 9765 $4,600
#7Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9358 222.8 13-11-0 390 9748 4,200
8Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9292 221.2 14-10-0 420 9712 3,800
9Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9242 220.0 14-10-0 420 9662 3,500
10Brian Voss, Atlanta 9201 219.1 15-9-0 450 9651 3,200
11Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9167 218.3 158-1 465 9632 3,000
12Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9290 221.2 9-14-1 285 9575 2,800
13Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9223 219.6 10-14-0 300 9523 2,600
14Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9172 218.4 10-13-1 315 9487 2,400
15Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9115 217.0 12-12-0 360 9475 2,300
16Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 9164 218.2 10-14-0 300 9464 2,200
17Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9136 217.5 10-14-0 300 9436 2,100
18Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9088 216.4 11-13-0 330 9418 2,000
19Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9129 217.4 9-15-0 270 9399 1,900
20Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9020 214.8 10-14-0 300 9320 1,800
21Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 8954 213.2 12-12-0 360 9314 1,750
22Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR 9041 215.3 9-15-0 270 9311 1,700
23Bill Guthrie, Winter Park, FL 9111 216.9 6-18-0 180 9291 1,650
24Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 8963 213.4 8-16-0 240 9203 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY$1,500
26Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,330
27Eugene McCune, Munster, IN1,300
28Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE1,270
 Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK1,270
30Dave D'Entremont, Middlbg.Hts., OH1,250
31Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, FL1,240
32David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,230
33Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR1,215
 Tony Rosamilia, Ledgewood, NJ1,215
35Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,200
36Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ1,190
37Mitchell Beasley, Benton, AR1,180

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Brian Himmler, 4156. 24th place-Brian Voss, 3906. 37th place-Mitchell Beasley, 3843. #-Brian Himmler (2), Tom Baker and John Mazza rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian Voss, Jess Stayrook, Mike Scroggins, Randy Pedersen, Rick Steelsmith and David Traber ($50 each).