PBA Oregon Open



$110,000 PBA OREGON OPEN
Hollywood Bowl, Portland, OR, Feb 24-28, 1997

Jim Johnson Jr. Wins First PBA Title

Jim Johnson Jr. was beginning to wonder how much time he had left before the opportunity to win a PBA title would pass him by. At Hollywood Bowl, Portland, Ore., Johnson found there was no time like the present to get his first win.

Johnson, a 36-year-old from Tampa, Fla., defeated Pete Weber, 232-197, in the title match of the Oregon Open. The victory was worth $18,000 and a trip to the 1998 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

"I wasn't thinking about the money or the T of C, all I could think about was the win," said Johnson. "When you are 36 years old you begin to wonder how much time you have. This is what you put in all the practice for and this makes all the hard work worth it."

Johnson had been the dominant player all week, leading the final five rounds and finishing 95 pins ahead of the field. But Weber was on a roll making his third championship round appearance in four weeks.

Both players started the title match slowly. Atter opening with a strike, Weber, spared, then had an open frame in the third following a 4-9 split, before throwing consecutive strikes in frames four and five. Johnson started with a spare, struck, then also left an open frame in the third atter failing to convert the 2-4-5. He quickly recovered, striking in the next three frames.

Weber, St. Ann, Mo., followed his double with a difficult conversion of the 3-4-6-7-10 split in frame six, then struck in frame seven. However, another 4-9 split in the eighth proved to be his undoing as Johnson followed a spare in frame seven with four consecutive strikes to clinch the victory.

Johnson, an 11-time PBA regional titlist, is the owner of more than 50 perfect games.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL232 (1 game)$18,000
2Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO429 (2 games)9,500
3Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS410 (2 games)7,000
4Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD425 (2 games)5,000
5Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY205 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Criss defeated Kent, 221-205; Steelsmith defeated Criss, 215-204; Weber defeated Steelsmith, 232-195; and in the championship game, Johnson defeated Weber, 232-197.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL 9311 221.7 14-8-2 450 9761 
2Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9231 219.8 14-9-1 435 9666 
3Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9041 215.3 17-7-0 510 9551 
4Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9094 216.5 14-10-0 420 9514 
5Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9044 215.3 15-9-0 450 9494 
6Don Moser, Murrieta, CA 8999 214.3 16-8-0 480 9479 $3,200
7Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 9013 214.6 12-10-2 390 9403 2,800
8Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 8967 213.5 14-10-0 420 9387 2,600
#9Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 8932 212.7 14-10-0 420 9352 2,400
10Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 8969 213.6 11-13-0 330 9299 2,300
11Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 8912 212.2 11-13-0 330 9242 2,200
t#12Darren Wong, San Jose, CA 8903 212.0 11-5-0 330 9233 1,563
13Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 8938 212.8 9-14-1 285 9223 2,000
14Doug Wallace, Portland, OR 8786 209.2 13-11-0 390 9176 1,900
15Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 8772 208.9 13-11-0 390 9162 1,800
16Paul Koehler, Mechanicsburg, PA 8838 210.4 10-13-1 315 9153 1,700
17Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 8833 210.3 10-13-1 315 9148 1,650
18George Branham III, Indianapolis 8804 209.6 11-13-0 330 9134 1,600
19Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 8794 209.4 9-14-1 285 9079 1,550
20Greg Thomas, Old Town, ID 8689 206.9 12-12-0 360 9049 1,500
21Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ 8734 208.0 9-15-0 270 9004 1,450
22Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY 8668 206.4 10-14-0 300 8968 1,400
23Scott Alexander, Seattle 8706 207.3 6-18-0 180 8886 1,350
24Bill Guthrie, Winter Park, FL 8361 199.1 5-18-1 165 8526 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA$1,060
26Norm Duke, Clermom, FL1,020
27Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR990
28Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX970
29George Brooks, Aurora, CO945
t30Danny Wiseman, Baltimore1,523
31Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY930
*32Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,000
33Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS910
34Wayne Webb, Las Vegas900

*-Match play alternate. t-Danny Wiseman withdrew after 26 games (injury) and was replaced by Darren Wong, who was penalized 54 pins, the difference between their qualifying totals. 18-game qualifying leader-Jim Johnson Jr., 4166. 24th placeJustin Hromek, 3855. 34th place-Wayne Webb, 3819.#-Anthony Lombardo, Darren Wong and Brian LeClair rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Steve Wilson, Justin Hromek, Eugene McCune, George Branham III, Craig Tuholski and Dave Husted ($50 each).