Harrisburg Open



$110,000 HARRISBURG OPEN
ABC North Lanes, Harrisburg, PA, May 27-31, 1997

Baker Racks Up Win In Harrisburg

It was an ABC-TV telecast that started with the crowning of a "king" and ended with a milestone for one of the "nice guys" of the PBA.

Tom Baker, a two-time winner of the PBA's Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award, captured his ninth PBA title at the Harrisburg Open with a 200-166 win over tournament leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. Williams started the telecast with a 213-204 win over Norm Duke in the first of four Showboat "King of the Hill" matches. Williams earned $9,500.

The $18,000 first-place check was enough to push Baker past the $1 million mark in career earnings, becoming the 18th player in PBA history to accomplish the feat.

"I'm glad I went over the $1 million mark in style," said Baker. "It puts my name in the same group as some of the greatest bowlers ever and hopefully that's how people will remember me."

His win over Williams was less style and more determination. Through six frames, the two were tied at 92 atter they each suffered two open frames following splits and only managed one strike apiece.

Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., secured the win with four consecutive strikes beginning in frame seven, while the best Williams, Stockton, Calif., could do was to convert four consecutive spares. Williams winnings left him $9,500 shy of the $2 million mark in career earnings.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY415 (2 games)$18,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr, Stockton, CA166 (1 game)9,500
3Eugene McCune, Munster, IN427 (2 games)7,000
4Norm Duke, Clermont, FL172 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-McCune defeated Duke, 222-172; Baker defeated McCune, 215-205; and in the championship game, Baker defeated Williams, 200-166. KING OF THE HILL-Walter Ray Williams Jr. defeated Norm Duke, 213-204. Williams earned $10,000.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9282 221.0 17-7-0 510 9792 
2Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9080 216.2 15-9-0 450 9530 
3Norm Duke. Clermont, FL 9116 217.0 13-11-0 390 9506 
4Eugene McCune, Munster. IN 9052 215.3 14-9-1 435 9487 
#5Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9036 215.1 15-9-0 450 9486 $4,000
6Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 9164 218.2 10-13-1 315 9479 3,300
7Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9043 215.3 13-10-1 405 9448 2,800
8Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills. TX 9040 215.2 13-11-0 390 9430 2,600
#9Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 8978 213.8 14-10-0 420 9398 2,400
10Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 8886 211.6 16-8-0 480 9366 2,300
11Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 8965 213.4 13-11-0 390 9355 2,200
12Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 8980 213.8 10-14-0 300 9280 2,100
13Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 8847 210.6 13-10-1 405 9252 2,000
14Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 8983 213.9 8-15-1 255 9238 1,900
15Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 8989 214.0 8-16-0 240 9229 1,800
16Roger Bowker, Ocala. FL 8802 209.6 13-10-1 405 9207 1,750
17Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 8816 209.9 11-13-0 330 9146 1,700
18Kelley Bennett, Auburn Hills. MI 8722 207.7 14-10-0 420 9142 1,650
19Joe Firpo, Grapevine, TX 8817 209.9 9-14-1 285 9102 1,600
20Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 8856 210.9 8-16-0 240 9096 1,550
21Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ 8724 207.7 11-13-0 330 9054 1,500
22Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 8714 207.5 10-14-0 300 9014 1,450
23Kelly Coffman, Topeka. KS 8615 205.1 10-14-0 300 8915 1,400
24Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY 8647 205.9 6-17-1 195 8842 1,350

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX$1,205
 Danny Wiseman, Baltimore1,085
27Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY1,040
28Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,020
29Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL1,010
30Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,000
31Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS990
32Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC980
33Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS970
34Anthony Lombardo, Lowellville, OH960
35Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL950
36Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, NY940
37Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX930
38David Ozio, Vidor, TX920

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Steve Wilson, 4028. 24th place-Demis Jacques, 3821. 38th place-David Ozio, 3744. #-Pete Weber and Doug Kent rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Andy Neuer, Dave Arnold, Steve Jaros, Bob Spaulding, Bill Guthrie and Paul Koehler ($50 each).