Peoria Open



$110,000 PEORIA OPEN
Lankmark Recreation Center, Peoria, IL, Mar 18-22, 1997

Webb Weaves Another Win In Peoria

Wayne Webb has listed many places as his hometown in his 23 years as a member of the PBA. Perhaps it's time he called Peoria, Ill., home.

Webb, who currently bowls out of Las Vegas, won for the third time at Landmark Recreation Center and successfully defended his Peoria Open title with a 258-203 victory over tournament leader Steve Jaros before alive ABC-TV audience.

The win, which was worth $18,000, was the 19th of Webb's career and his first since January of 1996 where he broke a seven-year winless streak in Peoria. Webb's last three wins (1989, 1996 and 1997) have come in the "River City."

"I don't know what it is about this city and this center," said Webb. "I know I like wood lanes like these better. For some reason my carry is a little more crisp here and I feel comfortable and confident here."

Entering the title match, Jaros had to be feeling confident having made match play in 14 consecutive events, dating back to last fall. But Webb was too much in the final match.

The PBA Hall of Famer started with the first five strikes before converting a 10-pin for a spare in frame six. He followed that spare with two more strikes. Jaros kept pace briefly by striking in his first four frames, but then had to settle for three consecutive spares. He struck in frame eight, but lett an open frame in the ninth which secured the win for Webb.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Wayne Webb, Las Vegas693 (3 games)$18,000
2Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL203 (1 game)9,500
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX196 (1 game)7,000
4Justin Hromek, Andover, KS450 (2 games)5,000
5Brian Himmler, Cincinnati211 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Hromek defeated Himmler, 258-211; Webb defeated Hromek, 233-192; Webb defeated Williams, 202-196; and in the championship game, Webb defeated Jaros, 258-203.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9520 226.7 16-8-0 480 10000 
2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9421 224.3 19-5-0 570 9991 
3Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 9470 225.5 12-12-0 360 9830 
4Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9262 220.5 15-8-1 465 9727 
5Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9266 220.6 13-9-2 420 9686 
6Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 9319 221.9 11-13-0 330 9649 $3,200
7Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9308 221.6 11-13-0 330 9638 2,800
8David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9256 220.4 12-12-0 360 9616 2,600
9Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9267 220.6 11-12-1 345 9612 2,400
10Dale Traber, Cedarburg, WI 9162 218.1 10-13-1 315 9477 2,300
11Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9054 215.6 14-10-0 420 9474 2,200
12Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL 9096 216.6 12-11-1 375 9471 2,100
13Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 9088 216.4 11-12-1 345 9433 2,000
14Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9026 214.9 13-11-0 390 9416 1,900
15Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 9065 215.8 11-13-0 330 9395 1,800
16Anthony Lombardo, Lowellville, OH 8957 213.3 14-9-1 435 9392 1,750
17Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 9004 214.4 10-14-0 300 9304 1,700
18Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 8945 212.9 11-12-1 345 9290 1,650
19John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 8940 212.9 11-12-1 345 9285 1,600
20Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 8883 211.5 11-13-0 330 9213 1,550
21Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE 8928 212.6 9-15-0 270 9198 1,500
22Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 8898 211.9 9-15-0 270 9168 1,450
23Scott Alexander, Seattle 8806 209.7 9-15-0 270 9076 1,400
24George Brooks, Aurora, CO 8635 205.5 8-16-0 240 8875 1,350

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ$1,220
26Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH1,050
 Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,050
28Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA1,030
29Leroy Johnson, Chicago1,020
30C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA1,005
 Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ1,005
32Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA990
33Don Moser, Murrieta, CA980
34Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS970
35Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX960
36Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, NY950

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Wayne Webb, 4160. 24th place-George Brooks, 3851. 36th place - Chris Hooper, 3780. PRO-AM CASHERS--Norm Loescher, Ernie Schlegel, Rick Steelsmith, Matthew Kramp, Kelly Coffman, Roger Bowker, Danny Wiseman and Kurtis Evans ($50 each).