Columbia 300 Open



$140,000 COLUMBIA 300 OPEN
Highland Lanes, Austin, TX, Feb 3-7, 1998

Bowker Tops Roomate Soper Again; Earns Second Columbia 300 Open Title

Butch Soper waited six years far a rematch with roommate Roger Bowker. When it finally came the result, unfortunately for Super, was the sameJust as he did at the 1992 event, Bowker knocked off Soper in the championship match at the PBA Tour's Columbia 300 Open. Six years ago Bowker turned the trick in San Antonio Texas. This time the victory came In the form of a nearly-perfect 279-258 outing at Highland Lanes in Austin. The win, the fifth of Bowker's career and first since 1993, earned the resident of Ocala, Fla., $22,000.

"It's tough bowling Butch," said Bowker. "But I know he wanted the rematch. When I beat him before I tripped a couple of 4-pins and I heard about it for six months. I'll probably hear about this one for six years."

Soper had qualified as the tournament leader for the second consecutive week, and for the second consecutive week his opponent shot 279 at him in the title match.

"I guess I need to learn to shoot 280," quipped Soper afterward.

It was actually Bowker who trailed early in the final match. After throwing a double to start the match, he left a 10-pin which he converted for a spare in frame three. Soper struck on his first five shots before leaving a 10-pin of his own in frame six, which he also converted.

Soper, a resident of Lake Havasu City Ariz., seeking his seventh title, struck in frames seven and eight beforeleaving and converting a 4-pin in frame nine. But that would be the difference as Bowker never missed after thethird frame, leaving Soper with the second place check for $11,500.

Bowker, who was bowling in his first tournament of the year, felt he was lucky to even be bowling in Austin. "I had such a bad year last year. Nothing was going right and I thought about quitting the National Tour and just staying home and bowling regional events. But my sponsor talked me into bowling three or tour events this swing, and since I'm on Columbia's staff, it only made sense to start here.

"He talks about quitting every year and right now I wish he would've stayed home,' joked Soper, who has now finished second four times in the Columbia 300 Open (1992 to Bowker; 1993 to Walter Ray Williams Jr.; 19961 to C.K. Moore and 1998).

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL545 (2 games)$22,000
2Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ258 (1 game)11,500
3Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR741 (3 games)8,000
4Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NV217 (1 game6,000
5Michael Haugen Jr., Pasadena, CA187 (1 game5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Husted defeated Haugen, 277-187; Husted defeated Jurek, 227-217; Bowker defeated Husted, 266-237; and in the championship game, Bowker defeated Soper, 279-258.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9813 233.6 16-7-1 495 10308 
2Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9818 233.8 15-9-0 450 10268 
3Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NV 9756 232.3 14-10-0 420 10176 
4Michael Haugen Jr., Pasadena, CA 9569 227.8 18-6-0 540 10109 
#5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 9561 227.6 17-7-0 510 10071 
6Brian Voss, Atlanta 9571 227.9 15-9-0 450 10021 $4,500
7Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 9545 227.3 15-8-1 465 10010 4,000
8David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9647 229.7 11-11-2 360 10007 3,600
9John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis 9613 228.9 12-12-0 360 9973 3,200
#10Chris Warren, Dallas 9541 227.2 14-10-0 420 9961 2,900
#11Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9546 227.3 10-13-1 315 9861 2,600
12Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9502 226.2 11-12-1 345 9847 2,400
#13Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9521 226.7 10-13-1 315 9836 2,200
#14Rohn Morton, Vancouver, WA 9423 224.4 12-12-0 360 9783 2,100
15Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NV 9366 223.0 12-12-0 360 9726 2,000
16Joe Firpo, Grapevine, TX 9270 220.7 14-10-0 420 9690 1,900
17C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA 9397 223.7 9-14-1 285 9682 1,800
18Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 9375 223.2 10-14-0 300 9675 1,750
19Darren Wong, San Jose, CA 9274 220.8 12-12-0 360 9634 1,700
20Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE 9188 218.8 11-13-0 330 9518 1,650
21Jimmy Davis, Houston 9217 219.5 8-16-0 240 9457 1,600
22Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL 9198 219.0 5-18-1 165 9363 1,550
#23Warren Guernsey, Cobelskill, NY 9070 216.0 8-15-1 255 9325 1,500
24Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL 9034 215.1 4-20-0 120 9154 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#25Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS$1,240
26Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City1,200
*27Eugene McCune, Munster IN1,310
28Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL1,160
29Mike Aulby, lndianapolis1,135
 Dennis Horan, San Diego1,135
31Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,115
 Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC1,115
33Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ1,095
 Rick Lawrence, Little Elm, TX1,095
35Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,080
36Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ1,070
37Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR1,060
38Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY1,050
39Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,040
40Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI1,025
 Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI1,025
42Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA505
 Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ505

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Brian Voss, 4237. 24th place-Steve Jaros, 4011. #--Chris Barnes, Tim Criss, Danny Wiseman, Chris Warren, Dave Husted, Warren Guernsey, Butch Super and Rohn Morton rolled 300 games ($100 each).