Ebonite Challenge



$130,000 EBONITE CHALLENGE
Marcel's Olympic Bowl, Rochester, NY, Oct 11-15, 1997

Hoskins Bowls 11th Televised 300 Game In PBA History; Wins Fifth Title

When Steve Hoskins' game is "on," he Is considered to have one of the most devastating strike balls on the PBA Tour. At Marcel's Olympic Bowl, Hoskins was "on."

Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., rolled the 11th televised perfect game in PBA history, defeating Walter RayWilliams Jr. in the evening's semifinal match, 300-234. Hoskins then Improved on perfection by is care oftournament leader Rick Steelsmith in the title match, 22216. The win was the fifth of Hoskins career and earnedhim $21,000. He also collected a $10,000 bonus for the 300 game.

"I can't believe It," said Hoskins. "This is what every pro dreams about. My children and my marriage are the only bigger things In my life than this night."

Hoskins was actually seeded fourth for the live ESPN telecast and had to get by Tim Criss in the opening match, 247203, and Jason Couch In match two, 213-202, before making history.

If Hoskins needed any motivation to keep striking in the semifinal match, Williams, who was looking for a "three-peat" in Rochester, provided it by striking on his first six shots. The only questionable strike of the 12 Hoskins threw was in the fourth frame. His final eight strikes were as close to perfect as could be.

The final title match was close throughout; A clutch conversion of a 9-10 split in frame six kept Steelsmith closeand he stepped up in his ninth frame needing four consecutive strikes to shut out Hoskins by one pin.

Steelsmith struck in the ninth and on his first shot in the 10th, but a solid 10-pin on his second ball in the fifth left the door open for Hoskins. Needing a double plus one pin in the 10th for a win, Hoskins struck out, leaving Steelsmith with the runner-up honors.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
@1Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL986 (4 games)$21,000
2Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS216 (1 game)11,000
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA234 (1 game)8,000
4Jason Couch, Clermont, FL202 (1 game)6,000
5Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD203 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Hoskins defeated Criss, 247-203; Hoskins defeated Couch, 213-202; Hoskins defeated Williams, 300-234; and in the championship game, Hoskins defeated Steelsmith, 226-216. @Hoskins earned $10,000 for bowling a 300 game.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9360 222.8 1B-6-0 540 9900 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9398 223.8 13-11-0 390 9788 
3Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9269 220.7 17-7-0 510 9779 
4Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9200 219.0 18-5-1 555 9755 
5Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9243 220.1 15-9-0 450 9693 
6Doug KentCanandaigua, NY 9064 215.8 15-9-0 450 9514 $4,500
7Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9105 216.8 12-11-1 375 9480 4,000
8Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 8990 214.0 13-10-1 405 9395 3,600
9Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 9047 215.4 11-13-0 330 9377 3,300
10Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9030 215.0 11-12-1 345 9375 3,000
11Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 8979 213.8 10-12-2 330 9309 2,800
12Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 8977 213.7 11-13-0 330 9307 2,600
13David Traber, Woodstock, IL 8915 212.3 12-12-0 360 9275 2,400
14Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 8908 212.0 12-12-0 360 9268 2,200
15Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL 8949 213.1 8-16-0 240 9189 2,000
16John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis 8876 211.3 10-14-0 300 9176 1,850
 Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 8876 211.3 10-14-0 300 9176 1,850
18Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 8860 210.9 8-16-0 240 9100 1,750
19Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 8785 209.2 10-14-0 300 9085 1,700
20Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 8795 209.4 9-14-1 285 9080 1,650
21ROn Williams, Fort Worth, TX 8671 206.5 12-11-1 375 9046 1,600
22Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 8675 206.6 12-12-0 360 9035 1,550
23Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, TX 8702 207.2 10-14-0 300 9002 1,500
24Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, NY 8429 200.7 6-16-2 210 8639 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL$1,350
26Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,190
27Mike Aulby, lndianapolis1,160
28Billy Myers Jr, Temple City, CA1,140
29Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY1,130
30Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL1,120
31Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City1,110
32Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO1,100
33Norm Duke, Clermont, FL1,090
34Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,080
35Brian Voss, Atlanta1,070
36Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL1,060
37Jimmy Davis, Houston1,050
38Tommy Kress, Rochester, NY1,040

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Ryan Shafer, 4075. 24th place-Ron Williams, 3822. 38th place-Tommy Kress, 3745. PRO-AM CASHERS-Tom Baker, Tim Criss, Jess Stayrook, Dave Wodka ($50 each), Mike Aulby and Norm Duke ($100 each).