Peoria Open



$100,000 PEORIA OPEN
Landmark Recreation Center, Peoria, IL, Feb 10-14, 1998

Traber's Victory Plays Well In Peoria

The last time David Traber qualified as the tournament leader in a PBA Tour event, Walter Ray Williams Jr. got the better of him. This time, Traber was able to exact a little revenge.

Traber made up for a loss to Williams in the 1995 Rochester (ICY.) Open by beating the Tour's No. 1 ranked player in the finals of the Peoria Open at Landmark Recreation Center. Traber's 248-229 victory was his first since the spring of 1996, the fourth of his career and earned him $16,000.

"I've worked really hard on my game since the end of 1997," said Traber. "I practiced five days a week, 30 games a day on the PBA condition and watched old video of myself. I was able to correct some mistakes I was making and it paid off."

To collect his payday, Traber had to perform in the 10th frame. The resident of Woodstock, III., started the final match with a strike, then converted a single-pin spare before reeling off three more strikes. Williams, Stockton, Calif., alternated strikes and spares for the first six frames before putting together three consecutive strikes of his own. Traber followed his "three-bagger" with single-pin spare conversions in the sixth and seventh frames, then struck In frames eight and nine.

Finishing first, Traber needed the first two strikes in the 10th plus three pins on his "fill ball" to win. He stuffed the first two shots, then threw one hard down the middle on his "fill ball," which also happened to strike.

"I knew from the moment it left my hand that it was high flush," said Traber of his second shot in the loth. "I knew it would be in the pocket and I would've been really upset if it hadn't struck."

It was Valentine's Day, and it was Traber who would steal the hearts of Peoria's bowling fans. He was unusually demonstrative and showed a lot of emotion throughout the title match.

Traber said, "I've been known as a pretty reserved person on the lanes, but today with the atmosphere and the crowd cheering all the time, I figured I'd let It all hang out. I felt like I didn't have anything to lose and I was having fun out there."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1David Traber, Woodstock, IL248 (1 game)$16,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr, Stockton, CA444 (2 games)8,500
3Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY451 (2 games)6,000
4Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY488 (2 games)4,500
5Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ190 (1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Baker defeated Roth, 265-190; Kent defeated Baker, 267-223; Williams defeated Kent, 215-184; and in the championship game, Traber defeated Williams, 248-229.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9682 230.5 16-8-0 480 10162 
#2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9437 224.7 16-8-0 480 9917 
3Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9345 222.5 13-9-2 420 9765 
4Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ 9293 221.2 14-10-0 420 9713 
5Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9268 220.7 14-10-0 420 9688 
6Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9196 218.9 15-9-0 450 9646 $3,000
7Brad Snell, Itasca' IL 9214 219.4 12-12-0 360 9574 2,600
8Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 9093 216.5 14-10-0 420 9513 2,400
9Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9136 217.5 11-12-1 345 9481 2,200
10Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9044 215.3 14-9-1 435 9479 2,100
11Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA 9118 217.1 12-12-0 360 9478 2,000
12Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9028 214.9 14-9-1 435 9463 1,900
13Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9104 216.8 11-13-0 330 9434 1,800
14Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC 9140 217.6 9-15-0 270 9410 1,750
15Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 9091 216.5 10-13-1 315 9406 1,700
16Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 8960 213.3 14-9-1 435 9395 1,650
17Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 9035 215.1 9-15-0 270 9305 1,600
18Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 8922 212.4 12-12-0 360 9282 1,550
19Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 8924 212.5 10-13-1 315 9239 1,500
20Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 8951 213.1 9-15-0 270 9221 1,450
21Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 8866 211.1 9-12-3 315 9181 1,400
22Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 8905 212.0 8-16-0 240 9145 1,350
23Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 8823 210.0 10-14-0 300 9123 1,300
24John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis 8824 210.1 6-17-1 195 9019 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA$1,035
*Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL1,155
27Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,000
28Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD980
29Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ960
30Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS940
31Wayne Webb, Las Vegas930
32Sean Swanson, Springfield, MO920
33David Ozio, Vidor, TX910
34Brian Voss, Atlanta900
35Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI890
36Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL880
37Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI870

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leaderless Stayrook, 4102. 24th place-Ryan Shafer, 3892. #-Walter Ray Williams Jr. rolled a perfect game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-Justin Hromek ($150), Mark Berry ($100), Paul Yoder, Tim Criss and Parker Bohn III ($50 each).