Stonehedge Family Fun Center, Akron, OH, Apr 13-18, 1998

Horan Jr. Wins Bayer/Brunswick TPC

All Dennis Horan had to do to win his first "major" title on the PBA Tour was defeat one PBA Hall of Famer and a pair of future Hall of Famers who combined owned 63 titles. No problem.

Horan was up to the task as he celebrated the PBA Tour's return to Akron (home of the PBA) by defeating Mike Aulby and Pete Weber in match one, then knocking off Parker Bohn III, 245-202, to win the Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship. The win at Stonehedge Family Fun Center was the third of Horan's career, his first "major" title, and earned the 32-year-old from San Diego $40,000 plus a three-year exemption into the prestigious Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

"I've always known I had the ability to win a major, but it's still like a dream" said Horan. "You really can't appreciate how it feels until it happens. I can tell you now, it feels incredible."

Horan was 17th heading into play Friday, but put together an incredible second round of match play where he shot a 300 game, averaged 253, and won seven of eight matches. He vaulted from 17th to sixth and from there he qualified fourth for the unique fourman CBS Sports live telecast. For the first time, the championship round featured three bowlers (No. 2 seed Aulby, No. 3 seed Weber and No. 4 seed Horan) in the first match.

Aulby was in control of the match one "shootout" until he suffered an open frame in the 10th after failing to convert the 1-3-7 "wash-out." That small opening was all Horan needed as he struck out in the 10th for a score of 236, two pins better than Aulby's 234 and 24 more than Weber's 212.

Horan fell behind mid-way through the title match against Bohn after he could not convert the 4-6-7-10 split. Bohn, who had already finished second twice in this event, gave back his advantage in the seventh frame when he went high and left an awkward 2-3-6-7-8-10 split and only got four on the spare attempt.

Once again, Horan capitalized on the opportunity. He struck on his next seven shots following his open frame to seal the win. Bohn, Jackson, N.J., went home with the second-place check worth $21,000.

"I never thought I'd even make the telecast, much less win," said Horan. "But, I believe in fate and I guess this was meant to be. Aulby gave me a chance in the first match and I just carried that momentum through to the end."


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dennis Horan, San Diego481 (2 games)$40,000
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ202 (1 game)21,000
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis234 (1 game)13,000
4Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO212 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Match one: Horan (236) defeated Aulby (234) and Weber (212). Championship Match: Horan def. Bohn, 245-202.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 14612 228.3 10-13-1 315 14927 
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 14430 225.5 13-11-0 390 14820 
3Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 14403 225.0 12-12-0 360 14763 
#4Dennis Horan, San Diego 14192 221.7 18-6-0 540 14732 
5Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 14277 223.1 15-9-0 450 14727 $8,000
6Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 14204 221.9 16-7-1 495 14699 7,000
7Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 14209 222.0 15-9-0 450 14659 6,500
8Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 14243 222.5 13-11-0 390 14633 6,000
9Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 14213 222.1 13-10-1 405 14618 5,500
10Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 14187 221.7 12-11-1 375 14562 5,000
11John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 14166 221.3 12-11-1 375 14541 4,700
#12Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 14202 221.9 10-13-1 315 14517 4,400
13Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 14046 219.5 12-12-0 360 14406 4,100
14Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 13964 218.2 14-10-0 420 14384 3,800
15Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 13972 218.3 12-12-0 360 14332 3,600
16Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 14023 219.1 10-14-0 300 14323 3,400
17Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 14016 219.0 9-15-0 270 14286 3,200
18Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 13913 217.4 10-13-1 315 14228 3,000
*19Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 13916 217.4 10-14-0 300 14216 2,900
20Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 13886 216.9 10-14-0 300 14186 2,800
*21Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 13806 215.7 12-11-1 375 14181 2,450
22George Branham III, Indianapolis 13730 214.5 9-15-0 270 14000 2,600
23Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 13692 213.9 8-15-1 255 13947 2,500
24David Traber, Woodstock, IL 13689 213.9 7-14-3 255 13944 2,400


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ$2,450
*26Norm Duke, Clermont, FL2,160
27Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY2,120
28John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC2,100
29Dave Wodka, S. Setauket, NY2,080
30Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL2,060
31Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL2,050
32Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA2,040
33Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS2,030
34Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA2,020
35Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ2,010
36Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS2,000

*-Immediately following qualifying, Butch Soper withdrew due to a thumb problem and was replaced by Eugene McCune. McCune and Soper split money (or 25th place (where Soper finished) and the money for 21st place where McCune finished. Norm Duke was disqualified because he was late for the scheduled starting time of the first round of match play. Duke was replaced by Eric Forkel. Duke finished 26th (Forkel's spot) and received 26th place money ($2,160) and Forkel entered match play with his qualifying pinfall total and received money for 19th place. Del Ballard Jr. became the third alternate of the tournament earning $120. 32-game qualifying leader-Parker Bohn III, 7478. 36th place-Lonnie Waliczek, 8386. #-Danny Wiseman and Dennis Horan rolled a 300 game ($500).