Storm Flagship Open



$120,000 STORM FLAGSHIP OPEN
Eastway Lanes, Erie, PA, Feb 24-28, 1998

Williams Jr. Wins First Title Of Year In Erie

The PBA Tour has visited Eastway Lanes in Erie, Pa., for the past eight years. Seven of those years, Walter Ray Williams Jr. has made the championship round. 1998's inaugural Storm Flagship Open was no exception.

Williams, the PBA Tour's No. 1 ranked player from Stockton, Calif., easily defeated Steve Jaros in the title match. The 202-746 victory gave Williams his 25th career title and $19,000.

"I've never had success like this anywhere, it's just phenomenal," said Williams. "1 don't know what the reason is. It 's the characteristics of the center, maybe it's the way my ball rolls on this surface or maybe It's the fans. Someone said I should move here and run for mayor."

Jaros started the title match with three consecutive open frames. He failed to convert the 2-8-10 split in the first and then failed to convert to 1-2-10 "washout" in frame two. He had a much easier spare attempt In the third when he left just the 10-pin, but missed it to the right.

Williams was in control until the seventh frame when he gave Jaros a glimmer of hope by failing to convert the 2-4-5.

"I don't remember missing any spares;" said Williams. "That was certainly bad timing on my part. You never want to give your opponent an opening.

But instead of taking advantage of Williams' mistake, Jaros left the 1-2-4-10 version of the "washout" in frame eight and once again failed to convert, making the final outcome academic. Jaros' runner-up finish, the second time he has done so in Erie (1995), earned him $10,000.

Even though Williams won his second title In Erie (1993) and was making his seventh telecast there (a telecast that was seen live locally on WJET-TV Ch. 24 before being replayed on ESPN) he wasn't the crowd favorite. That honor went to the flamboyant veteran Troup. The 48-year-old eight-time champion was making his first TV appearance since 1989 and delighted the crowd with his wild pants and even wilder antics. He rode the momentum in match one to a 247-209 win over Dave Arnold before falling to Jaro's in match two.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA202 (1 game)$19,000
2Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL592 (3 games)10,000
3Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO199 (1 game)7,000
4Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC432 (2 games)5,000
5Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ209 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Troup defeated Arnold, 247-209; Jaros defeated Troup, 243-185; Jaros defeated Weber, 203-199; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Jaros, 202-146.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9900 235.7 16-8-0 480 10380 
2Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9741 231.9 12-11-1 375 10116 
3Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9581 228.1 16-7-1 495 10076 
4Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC 9487 225.9 16-8-0 480 9967 
5Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9492 226.0 15-9-0 450 9942 
6Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9507 226.4 14-10-0 420 9927 $3,500
#7Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 9510 226.4 13-11-0 390 9900 3,100
8Dennis Horan, San Diego 9496 226.1 12-11-1 375 9871 2,800
9Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9442 224.8 13-11-0 390 9832 2,600
10Sean Swanson, Springfield, MO 9307 227.6 t4-9-1 435 9742 2,500
11Brian LeClair, Chatham, NY 9350 222.6 12-12-0 360 9710 2,400
12Jimmy Davis, Houston 9296 221.3 13-11-0 390 9686 2,300
13Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 9294 221.3 12-11-1 375 9669 2,200
14Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 9245 220.1 14-10-0 420 9665 2,100
15Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9237 219.9 12-12-0 360 9597 2,000
16Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 9215 219.4 11-13-0 330 9545 1,950
*17Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twsp., MI 9206 219.2 11-7-0 330 9536 1,580
18Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ 9139 217.6 11-13-0 330 9469 1,850
#19Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9211 219.3 7-16-1 225 9436 1,800
20Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9163 278.2 7-16-1 225 9388 1,750
21John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis 9066 215.9 10-13-1 315 9381 1,700
22Pat Malone, Erie, PA 9192 218.9 6-18-0 180 9372 1,650
#23Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS 9066 215.8 10-74-0 300 9366 1,600
24Gary Smith, Keedysville, MD 8986 213.9 5-19-0 150 9136 1,550

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mike Shady, Oshkosh, WI$1,300
26Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,280
#27Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX1,260
28Andy Neuer, Milton, PA1,240
29Martin Letscher, Niles, OH1,220
*30David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,550
31Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,190
32George Branham III, Indianapolis1,180
33Darren Wong, San Jose, CA1,170
34Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL1,160
35Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,150
36C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA1,140
37Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,130
38Norm Duke, Clermont, FL1,120
39Jason Couch, Clermont, FL1,110
40Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,100

*-Sullins replaced Ozio after six games of match play. Sullins was penalized the difference between their qualifying totals and the bonus pins Ozio accumulated. Chris Hooper served as alternate for the remaining 18 games ($90). 18-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4322. 24th place-Randy Pedersen, 4029. 40th place-Tom Baker, 3976. PRO-AM CASHERS John Gem, Steve Jaros, Sean Swanson, Len Blakey, Roger Bowker and Ryan Shafer ($50 each). #--Del Ballard Jr., Lonnie Waliczek, Jess Stayrook, Tommy Delutz Jr. and Walter Ray Williams Jr. rolled 300 games ($200 each).