Brentwood Classic



$100,000 BRENTWOOD CLASSIC
Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, CA, Jan 20-24, 1998

Bohn III Nails Victory In Brentwood

Parker Bohn III finished second in the Inaugural Brentwood Classic in 1997. In 1998, he improved his position by one.

Bohn kicked off the PBA Tour's 40th year of competition by defeating Tom Baker, 239-222, in an exciting and tense championship match at Harvest Park Bowl. The victory, which came before a raucous, standing room only crowd, was the 14th of Bohn's career and earned him $16,000.

"This is a little bit of redemption for me," said Bohn, "it really means a lot to me to come back and win after finishing second. This is the way you want the new year to start."

The PBA Tour continued its new format for the championship round, seating fans on bleachers down both sides of the bowlers in an "arena-like" setting and allowing them to cheer constantly throughout the ESPN telecast (the first by PBA Tour Productions).

"I think the constant cheering is great," said Baker. "It got my heart pumping and I was excited right from the start. I showed more emotion than I've ever shown in my life."

All that emotion wasn't enough against Bohn. An open frame by Baker in the second frame after a failed conversion of a 4-6-7 split gave Bohn an early opening. He responded by putting together five consecutive strikes in frames two through six to take a 21-pin lead. Baker hung tough, striking In frames four through nine.

Bohn spared in the seventh, struck in the eighth, spared in the ninth, then struck and converted a 7-pin in the 10th to finish with 239. Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., got up needing a strike on his first shot in the 10th to win, but left the 4-6-7-10 split.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ239 (1 game)$16,000
2Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY499 (2 games)8,500
3Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL727 (3 games)6,000
4Jason Couch, Clermont, FL254 (1 game)4,500
5Norm Duke, Clermont, FL202 (1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Ward defeated Duke, 204-202; Ward defeated Couch, 257-254; Baker defeated Ward, 277-266; and in the championship game, Bohn defeated Baker, 239-222.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9689 230.7 15-9-0 450 10139 
2Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9458 225.2 19-5-0 570 10028 
3Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9496 226.1 15-9-0 450 9946 
4Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9342 222.4 16-6-2 510 9852 
5Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9340 222.4 16-8-0 480 9820 
#6Dennis Horan, San Diego 9292 221.2 15-9-0 450 9742 $2,600
7Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9243 220.1 15-8-1 465 9708 2,500
8Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9333 222.2 12-12-0 360 9693 2,400
9Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9249 220.2 14-10-0 420 9669 2,300
10Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9257 220.4 13-11-0 390 9647 2,200
#11Warren Guernsey, Cobelskill, NY 9229 219.7 12-12-0 360 9589 2,100
12Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9254 220.3 10-14-0 300 9554 2,000
#13Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 9305 221.5 8-16-0 240 9545 1,900
14Hugh Miller, Seattle 9257 220.4 9-15-0 270 9527 1,800
15John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 9301 221.4 7-17-0 210 9511 1,700
16Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9166 218.2 11-13-0 330 9496 1,650
17Michael Haugen Jr, Riverside, CA 9200 219.0 9-15-0 270 9470 1,600
18Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9151 217.9 10-13-1 315 9466 1,550
19Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 9062 215.8 12-12-0 360 9422 1,500
20Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9048 215.4 12-12-0 360 9408 1,450
21Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9133 217.5 8-16-0 240 9373 1,400
22Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 9002 214.3 10-14-0 300 9302 1,350
23Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9005 214.4 9-15-0 270 9275 1,300
24Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR 8947 213.0 9-15-0 270 9217 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ$1,010
26Brian Voss, Atlanta970
*27Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL1,070
28George Branham III, Indianapolis930
29Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI910
30Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR885
 Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL885
32David Traber, Woodstock, IL870
33Rohn Morton, Vancouver, WA860
34Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, CA845
 Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ845
36Jason Hurd, Visalia, CA415
 Tony Reyes, Cupertino, CA415

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Parker Bohn III, 4194. 24th place-Tom Baker, 3937. #-Chris Barnes,Warren Guernsey and Dennis Horan rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Rick Steelsmith, Joe Firpo, Scott Alexander, Parker Bohn III, Anthony Lombardo and Mike Aulby ($50 each).