$140,000 COLUMBIA 300 OPEN
Highland Lanes, Austin, TX, Jan 29-Feb 2, 1996

C.K. Moore Perfect In Austin; Moore Earns More Than 300

The initials C.K. in C.K. Moore's name don't stand for Clark Kent, but Moore did his best Superman impression during the championship round of the PBA Columbia 300 Open at Highland Lanes, Austin, Texas.

Moore, a rookie from Chehalis, Wash., was bowling in just his fifth national tournament and was making his first television appearance. The 38-year-old, who qualified fourth for the telecast, made PBA history by rolling a 300 game in his semifinal match versus defending champion Parker Bohn III. The perfect game was the ninth in televised PBA history (on the national tour) and the first by a rookie. Moore then went on to beat tournament leader Butch Soper, 214-180, in the title match to earn his first win, $22,000 and a spot into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. He also received a $25,000 bonus for the perfect game courtesy of Highland Lanes.

"I wasn't that nervous during the 300 game because I had the match won and you never expect to shoot 300;' said Moore. "I was more nervous during the title match because that actually meant more to me."

If C.K. (which actually stands for Charles Kenneth) was nervous during the final match, it didn't show. Moore's only open frame of the match came In the seventh (4-6-10). Soper struck in his seventh frame, but failed on another 2-4-5 spare attempt In the eighth and Moore bounced back nicely with strikes In the eighth, ninth and on his first shot in the 10th to seal the win.

Ironically, prior to Moore it was Soper who had the last 300 game on TV when he turned the trick in Reno Nev., in 7994. However, he lost his next match and finished fourth. Soper collected $12,000 for his runnerup finish, the third time he has finished second in a Columbia 300 Open.

Moore started his night with a 173-766 win over Ed Richardson, then defeated David Traber, 217-167, before his heroics really started. Moore, a Presbyterian pastor, was asked if he thought God had been playing favorites. "I don't think God plays favorites, but I can't explain why all this is happening. It's hard to grasp right now, it all seemed to happen so fast and I'm still in awe."

Moore isn't the first pro to roll 300 in his first TV appearance. Bob Benoit shot a perfect game in the title match of the 1988 Quaker State Open, his first telecast.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA904 (4 games)$22,000
2Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ180 (1 game)12,000
3Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ192 (1 game)7,000
4David Traber, Woodstock, IL167 (1 game)5,500
5Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX166 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Moore defeated Richardson, 173-166; Moore defeated Traber, 217-167; Moore defeated Bohn, 300-192; and in the championship game, Moore defeated Soper, 214-180. @-Moore received a $25,000 bonus for rolling a 300 game on national television.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9658 229.9 15-8-1 465 10123 
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9636 229.4 14-9-1 435 10071 
3David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9617 228.9 12-12-0 360 9977 
4C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA 9499 226.2 13-10-1 405 9904 
5Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX 9501 226.2 13-11-0 390 9891 
6Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9558 227.6 11-13-0 330 9888 $4,000
7Henry Gonzalez Colorado Springs, CO 9488 225.9 13-11-0 390 9878 3,600
#8Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9458 225.2 13-10-1 405 9863 3,400
9John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 9441 224.8 13-9-2 420 9861 3,250
10Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 9484 225.8 11-13-0 330 9814 3,100
11Stoney Baker, Alpharetta, GA 9378 223.3 14-9-1 435 9813 2,950
12John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9417 224.2 13-11-0 390 9807 2,800
13Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9432 224.6 12-12-0 360 9792 2,650
14Randy Bennett, McLoud, OK 9330 222.7 14-9-1 435 9765 2,500
15Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 9325 222.0 14-9-1 435 9760 2,350
16Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9378 223.3 12-12-0 360 9738 2,200
#17Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL 9379 223.3 11-12-1 345 9724 2,100
18David Carter, Glen Mills, PA 9371 223.1 11-12-1 345 9716 2,000
19Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC 9452 225.0 8-15-1 255 9707 1,900
20Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9345 222.5 11-13-0 330 9675 1,800
21Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9455 225.1 6-18-0 180 9635 1,700
#22Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9142 217.7 12-12-0 360 9502 1,600
23Stephen Hardy, Methuen, MA 9175 278.5 10-14-0 300 9475 1,500
24Rick Easley, Van Nuys, CA 8840 210.5 6-18-0 180 9020 1,450


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ$1,245
*26Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA1,340
27Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA1,210
28Rick Lawrence, The Colony, TX1,200
29Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL1,190
30Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA1,180
31Andy Neuer, Milton, PA1,170
32Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO1,160
33Alan Frederick, Cranford, NJ1,150
34Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA1,140
35Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE1,130
36Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,120
37Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA1,110
38Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI1,100
39Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,090
40Carl Provost, Conroe, TX1,080
41Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,065
 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX1,065
43David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,050
44Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,040
45Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,030
46Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,020
47Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC1,010
48Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,000

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bryan Goebel, 4241. 24th placeless Stayrook, 3974. 48th place-Dave Wodka, 3869. #-Jimmy Davis, Bob Belmont, Jess Stayrook and Mark Williams rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn III, Roger Bowker, Joe Firpo, Paul Koehler, Brian Himmler and Walter Ray Williams Jr. ($50 each).