BPAA U.S. Open



$187,000 BPAA U.S. OPEN
AMF Milford Lanes, Milford, CT, Apr 3-11, 1998

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins His First Triple Crown Event

It seems that Walter Ray Williams Jr. had accomplished everything in the world of professional bowling. The PBA Tour's all-time money leader and No. 1 ranked player had 25 titles to his credit, including a "major" (1994 Touring Players Championship), but had never been able to win one of the pro bowling's "Triple Crown" events (Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, PBA National Championship and U.S. Open). Williams changed all that by winning the U.S. Open in Milford, Conn. The championship round, for both men and women, was contested at Sacred Heart College. Williams defeated Marty Letscher in one semifinal match, 245222, and Tim Criss defeated Ryan Shafer in the other semifinal, 235-793. Letscher and Shafer each collected $11,000. Williams then defeated Criss, 221-189, for his second win of the year and $40,000. Criss earned $25,000 for second. Williams' 26th career win moves him into a tie for third with Don Johnson and Dick Weber on PBA's all-time list.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA466 (2 games)$40,000
2Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD424 (2 games)25,000
3Martin Letscher, Niles, OH222 (1 game)11,000
4Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY193 (1 game)11,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Criss defeated Shafer, 235-193; Williams Jr. defeated Letscher, 245-222; and in the championship game, Williams Jr. defeated Criss, 221-189.
Men's Match Play Bracket Rounds2nd Round: Walter Ray Williams Jr. defeated Steve Wilson, 3-0; Ryan Shafer defeated Sean Quinn, 3-0; Tim Criss defeated Amleto Monacelli, 3-2; Martin Letscher defeated Jeff Lizzi, 3-0.
1st Round: Tim Criss defeated Dave D'Entremont, 3-1; Jeff Lizzi defeated Dave Traber, 3-2; Martin Letscher defeated David Ozio, 3-1 ; Amleto Monacelli defeated Brian Himmler, 3-2; Sean Quinn defeated Curtis Odom, 3-1; Steve Wilson defeated Kevin McGerr, 3-1.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 13039 232.8 18-6-0 540 13579 
#2Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 13099 233.9 13-11-0 390 13489 
#3Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 12782 228.3 15-8-1 465 13247 
t4Martin Letscher, Niles, OH 12583 224.7 13-11-0 390 12973 
#5Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 12769 228.0 14-10-0 420 13189 $6,250
 Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL 12781 228.2 10-13-1 315 13096 6,250
 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12669 226.2 72-72-0 360 13029 6,250
8David Ozio, Vidor, TX 12682 226.5 16-7-1 495 13177 4,000
 Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 12793 228.5 17-12-1 345 13138 4,000
tSean Quinn, New Paris, OH 12708 226.9 14-10-0 420 13128 4,000
 Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE 12688 226.6 12-12-0 360 13048 4,000
 Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 12681 226.5 72-12-0 360 13041 4,000
#David Traber, Woodstock, IL 12500 223.2 14-9-1 435 12935 4,000
 Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 12555 224.2 11-11-2 360 12915 4,000
15Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 12488 223.0 14-10-0 420 12908 2,900
16Bob Spaulding, Portland, OR 12551 224.1 11-12-1 345 12896 2,800
17Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 12531 223.8 11-13-0 330 12861 2,700
t18Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 12467 222.6 10-14-0 300 12767 2,600
19Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 12444 222.2 10-14-0 300 12744 2,500
20Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 12412 221.6 11-13-0 330 12742 2,400
21Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., MI 12416 221.7 8-16-0 240 12656 2,300
22Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 12321 220.0 10-14-0 300 12621 2,200
t23Patrick Johansson, Sweden 12268 219.1 10-14-0 300 12568 2,100
t24John Paris, Belford, NJ 12306 219.8 4-20-0 120 12426 2,000

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#*25Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL$1,900
26Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,500
27Lee Vanderhoef, Baltimore1,450
28Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,400
29Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY1,350
30Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,325
31Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ1,300
32Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL1,290
33Jason Couch, Clermont, FL1,280
34Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,270
t35Larry Luvisi, Bardstown, KY1,260
t36Michael Kubacki, Griffith, IN1,250
37Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ1,240
38James Wallace, Hicksville, NY1,230
39Brian Voss, Atlanta1,220
t40Sean Swanson, Springfield, MO1,210
41Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, OH1,200
42Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,750
43Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,125
t44Mika Koivuniemi, Chesterfield, MI1,050
#45Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL1,000

t-BPAA entrant. *-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Ryan Shafer, 7558. 24th place-Chris Barnes, 7159. 45th place-Ricky Ward, 6747. #-Bryon Smith, Roger Bowker, Ricky Ward, Tony Franklin, Jeff Lizzi, Ryan Shafer, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), David Traber and Tim Criss rolled 300 games ($100 each).