Flagship Open



$110,000 FLAGSHIP OPEN
Eastway Lanes, Erie, PA, Apr 1-5, 1997

Criss Claims First PBA Title In Erie

Tim Criss had already proven he could win on television, just not more than one match at a time. At the Flagship Open in Erie, Pa., before a capacity crowd at the Erie Civic Center, one win was enough.

Criss, a 30-year-old from Bel Air, Md., made his first appearance as tournament leader count as he defeated Mike Shady, 242-208, to win his first title, $18,000 and a trip to the 1998 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

"I've won matches on TV before, but then I always lose before I get to the title match;" said Criss, who went into the telecast with a 3-6 TV record and had never finished higher than third. "I was nervous and anxious sitting around waiting for the other guys to bowl. But I got on the lanes and had a good reaction and that relaxed me."

Shady, Oshkosh, Wis., alternated strikes and spares for the first six frames In the ABC telecast before finally throwing consecutive strikes in frames seven and eight. Criss started with the first three strikes, converted a single-pin spare in the fourth and then gave Shady a glimmer of hope with an open frame in the fitth after a failed 3-6-7-10 split conversion. But Criss promptly struck on his next five shots, including the first ball in the 10th that sealed the win.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD242 (1 game)$18,000
2Mike Shady, Oshkosh, WI669 (3 games)9,500
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA210 (1 game)7,000
4George Branham III, Indianapolis410 (2 games)5,000
5Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL184 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Branham defeated Jaros, 200-184; Shady defeated Branham, 229-210; Shady defeated Williams Jr., 232-210: and in the championship game, Criss defeated Shady, 242-208.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9627 229.2 14-10-0 420 10047 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9268 220.7 15-9-0 450 9718 
3Mike Shady, Oshkosh, WI 9261 220.5 15-9-0 450 9711 
4Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9212 219.3 14-10-0 420 9632 
5George Branham III, Indianapolis 9205 219.2 14-10-0 420 9625 
6Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9174 218.4 15-9-0 450 9624 $3,300
7Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9290 221.2 11-13-0 330 9620 2,800
8Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX 9084 216.3 17-7-0 510 9594 2,600
9Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9104 216.6 15-9-0 450 9554 2,400
10Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9169 218.3 12-11-1 375 9544 2,300
11Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9180 218.6 11-13-0 330 9510 2,200
12Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9110 216.9 12-11-1 375 9485 2,100
13Brian Voss, Atlanta 9058 215.7 13-11-0 390 9448 2,000
14Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9036 215.1 11-13-0 330 9366 1,900
15Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 8993 214.1 11-11-2 360 9353 1,750
 Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA 9038 215.2 10-13-1 315 9353 1,750
17Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL 8964 213.4 12-12-0 360 9324 1,650
18Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 9007 214.4 10-14-0 300 9307 1,600
19Paul Yoder, Albuquerque, NM 8933 212.7 11-12-1 345 9278 1,550
20Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 8840 210.5 11-13-0 330 9170 1,500
21Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY 8837 210.4 10-14-0 300 9137 1,450
22Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 8760 208.6 8-16-0 240 9000 1,400
23Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 8750 208.3 7-17-0 210 8960 1,350
24Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH 8475 201.8 6-18-0 180 8655 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Danny Wiseman, Baltimore$1,100
*26Pat Nolan, Las Vegas1,200
27Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI1,050
 David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,050
29Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK1,030
30Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL1,020
31Jim Mee, Jamestown, NY1,005
 Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX1,005
33Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL990
34Eugene McCune, Munster, IN975
 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela975
36Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ960
37Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ945
 Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX945
39Mike Aulby, Indianapolis930
40Wayne Webb, Las Vegas920

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Tim Criss, 4103. 24th place-Mark Williams, 3889. 40th place-Wayne Webb, 3804. PRO-AM CASHERS-Phil Ringener, Johnny Petraglia, Billy Orlikowski, Don Best Jr., John Mazza and Brian Eaton ($50 each).