Greater Detroit Open



$110,000 GREATER DETROIT OPEN
Taylor Lanes, Taylor, MI, Jun 3-7, 1997

Ward Motors To Greater Detroit Open Title

Ricky Ward knew he would win again on the PBA Tour, but four years after his first title others may have had their doubts.

Ward defeated tournament leader Pete Weber, 240-188, to win the Greater Detroit Open at Tayor Lanes. The win, the second of Ward's career and his first since the 1993 Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open, was worth $18,000 and qualified Ward for the Showboat "King of the Hill" match at the Wichita Open.

"I never thought I wouldn't win again," said Ward. "I've been making two or three shows each year and gaining confidence with each telecast. I've been paying my dues and I got to collect."

The ABC-TV telecast started with the Showboat "King of the Hill" match. Reigning "king" Walter Ray Williams Jr. knocked off challenger Tom Baker, who qualified for the match with a win in the Harrisburg Open, 238-150. Williams earned his second $10,000 paycheck and qualified for a chance at $25,000 at the Wichita Open.

Ward converted a pair of single-pin spares to open the title match and then rattled off four consecutive strikes. Weber's undoing was the left lane (lane 39). He struck each time on lane 40, but never did strike on lane 39 until his final shot in the 10th frame. Ward finished strong by stringing together four strikes to put the match away.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL507 (2 games)$18,000
2Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO188 (1 game)9,500
3Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY440 (2 games)7,000
4Wayne Webb, Las Vegas160 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Delutz defeated Webb, 215-160; Ward defeated Delutz, 267-225; and in the championship game, Ward defeated Weber, 240-188. SHOWBOAT "KING OF THE HILL"-Walter Ray Williams Jr. defeated Tom Baker, 236-150. Williams earned $10,000.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9576 228.0 17-7-0 510 10086 
2Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9432 224.6 15-9-0 450 9882 
3Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9455 225.1 13-11-0 390 9845 
4Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 9252 220.3 16-8-0 480 9732 
5Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9200 219.0 16-8-0 480 9680 $4,000
6Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9247 220.2 14-10-0 420 9667 3,300
7Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 9123 217.2 18-6-0 540 9663 2,800
8Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 9186 218.7 15-9-0 450 9636 2,600
9Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9120 217.1 15-9-0 450 9570 2,400
10Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL 9133 217.4 13-11-0 390 9523 2,200
11Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 8993 214.1 15-9-0 450 9443 2,100
12Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 9033 215.1 13-11-0 390 9423 2,000
13Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9055 215.6 12-12-0 360 9415 1,900
14Brian Voss, Atlanta 9095 216.5 9-15-0 270 9365 1,850
15John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 8988 214.0 11-13-0 330 9318 1,800
16Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9003 214.4 8-16-0 240 9243 1,750
17Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 8904 212.0 11-13-0 330 9234 1,675
 Anthony Lombardo, Lowellville, OH 8964 213.4 9-15-0 270 9234 1,675
19Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 8853 210.8 10-14-0 300 9153 1,600
20Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 8861 210.9 9-15-0 270 9131 1,550
21Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL 8858 210.9 7-16-1 225 9083 1,500
22Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 8676 206.6 8-15-1 255 8931 1,450
#23Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 8647 205.9 7-17-0 210 8857 1,400
24Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 8540 203.3 6-18-0 180 8720 1,350

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Jimmy Davis, Houston$1,130
26Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,080
*27Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,180
28Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI1,050
29Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City1,040
30David Traber, Woodstock, IL1,030
31Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,015
 Darren Wong, San Jose, CA1,015
33Pete Kaczmarczyk, Sterling Heights, MI1,000
34Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL990
35Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL980
36Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ970
37Martin Letscher, Niles, OH960
38Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX950
39Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis940

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Tommy Delutz Jr., 4293. 24th place-Bob Learn Jr., 3860. 39th placeNelson Burton Jr., 3798.#-Amleto Monacelli rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-Pete Weber, Nelson Burton Jr., Mike Edwards, John Gant, Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss ($50 each).