Showboat Invitational



$220,000 SHOWBOAT INVITATIONAL
Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV, Mar 9-15, 1997

Bohn Picks A Bone With Foes At Showboat

Parker Bohn, Jackson, N.J., won the Showboat Invitational in dramatic fashion over Walter Ray Williams Jr., with a 206-204 win. The victory earned Bohn $35,000 in his 13th PBA title of his career and his second in as many weeks.

"Winning in back-to-back weeks is the mark of a great champion," said Bohn. "I would imagine a lot of guys who have won back-to-back are probably in the Hall of Fame right now."

The title match came down to the last shot, but Bohn provided plenty of excitement before he ever got to Williams. Atter qualifying fourth, Bohn started the ABC-TV telecast with a 235-202 win over Weber, then dispatched Mike Miller, 245-189, in match two. He then came within one pin of a $10,000 perfect game bonus when a 6-pin stood on his final shot, leaving him with a 299-245 semifinal win over Steve Jaros.

Williams, Stockton, Calif., was making his fourth consecutive telecast in tournaments he entered (he skipped the Oregon Open), and was trying to become the first player in 38 years to successfully defend a Showboat title.

Williams had trouble with his pin carry as he converted no less than five single-pin spares in the first nine frames. He struck in his four other frames but did not have a double through the first nine frames. Bohn alternated spares and strikes through the first four frames, then had an open frame in the fifth after a 3-7 split. He made up for the open by throwing a three-bagger, then converted spares in the ninth and 10th before striking on his fill ball.

Williams got up in his 10th frame needing a strike and then nine pins and a spare for a one-pin victory. He stuffed the first shot for the strike, but left the bucket on his next shot to give Bohn the win.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ985 (4 games)$35,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA204 (1 game)18,000
3Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL245 (1 game)11,000
4Mike Miller. Albuquerque, NM189 (1 game)8,000
5Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO202 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Bohn defeated Weber, 235-202: Bohn defeated Miller, 245-189; Bohn defeated Jaros, 299-245; and in the championship game. Bohn defeated Williams, 206-204.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 13264 236.9 14-9-1 435 13699 
2Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 13019 232.5 19-5-0 570 13589 
3Mike Miller, Albuquerque. NM 12961 231.4 16-8-0 480 13441 
4Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 12864 229.7 15-9-0 450 13314 
5Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 12927 230.8 12-11-1 375 13302 
6Brian Voss, Atlanta 12776 228.1 11-12-1 345 13121 $5,000
7Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 12728 227.3 12-11-1 345 13103 4,700
#8Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12710 226.9 13-11-0 390 13100 4,400
9Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 12709 226.9 12-12-0 360 13069 4,100
10Jason Couch. Clermont, FL 12653 225.9 13-11-0 390 13043 3,800
11Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 12722 227.2 10-14-0 300 13022 3,600
#12Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 12701 226.8 10-14-0 300 13001 3,400
13David Ozio, Vidor, TX 12568 224.4 14-10-0 420 12988 3,200
14Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 12673 226.3 9-14-1 285 12958 3,100
15Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 12478 222.8 14-10-0 420 12898 3,000
16Anthony Lombardo, Lowellville, OH 12432 222.0 15-9-0 450 12882 2,900
17Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 12500 223.2 11-12-1 345 12845 2,800
#18Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 12488 223.0 11-13-0 330 12818 2,700
19Rick Benard, Las Vegas 12470 222.7 10-14-0 300 12770 2,600
20Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 12382 221.1 12-12-0 360 12742 2,500
21Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 12431 221.9 10-14-0 300 12731 2,400
22David Traber, Woodstock, IL 12287 219.4 8-16-0 240 12527 2,300
23Brad Snell, Itasca, IL 12257 218.9 8-16-0 240 12497 2,200
#24Joe Firpo, Grapevine. TX 12245 218.7 6-18-0 180 12425 2,100

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL$1,870
*26Kelly Coffman, Topeka. KS1,920
27Dennis Horan, San Diego1,750
28Ed Richandson, Corpus Christi, TX1,700
29Rick Easley' Van Nuys, CA1,660
30Eugene McCune, Munster. IN1,620
#31Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,580
32Mike DeVaney, Escondido, CA1,540
33Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY1,500
34Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI1,460
35Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts.,OH1,430
36Chris Warren, Dallas1,400
37Rick Steelsmith, Wichita. KS1,370
38Bob Learn Jr., Erie., PA1,325
#Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,325
40John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC1,280
41Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,250
42Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,230
43Jimmy Davis. Houston1,210
44Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS1,190
45Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA1,180
46Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX1,170
47George Branham III, Indianapolis1,160
48Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL1,150
49Ted Hannahs, Zanesville. OH1,140
50Mike Aulby, lndianapolis1,130
51Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,120
52Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK1,110
53Randy Bennett, McLoud, OK1,100

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3892. 32-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 7675. 24th place-Brad Snell, 7094. 53rd place-Randy Bennett, 759. #-Jeff Lizzi. Eric Forkel, Brian Himmler, Bryon Smith Ed Williams, Joe Firpo, Dave Husted, Stoney Pride, Amleto Monacelli and Ted Hannahs rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Curtis Odom, Brian Voss, Dave Traber, Roger Bowker, Ted Hannas and Jeff Lizzi ($50 each)