ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, PA, May 26-30, 1998

Bohn III Becomes First Three-Time Winner In 1998

Parker Bohn III's 1998 dream year continued as he won his third title of the year at the PBA Tour's Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC West Lanes.

Bohn defeated top-seeded Steve Hoskins, 268-181, to claim his 16th PBA title. While Bohn is always thankful for a win, this victory was extra special. A number of Bohn's relatives, including his mother Jean, made the short drive from Jackson N.J., to witness the live CBS Sports telecast."This one means a little more beause it's the first time I've won this close to home," said Bohn. "There would only be one place better to win and that would be in my own back yard."

The title match was never close as Bohn opened a 40-pin lead through four frames as Hoskins opened in frames two and four as he failed to convert difficult split combinations. In fact, Hoskins' first strike did not come until the seventh frame. By that time it was too late as Bohn struck in five of his first seven frames. All totaled Bohn rolled 10 strikes in the title match en route to the $16,000 top prize. Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., pocketed $8,500 for second.

Despite losing so convincingly, Hoskins was upbeat afterwards. "It's not the first time I've finished second, and probably not the last." He acknowledged that Bohn rolled like a champion end did what he had to do to win. "I gave him an opening and he jumped all over it, said Hoskins. "You don't win titles by not taking advantage of your opponents mistakes. I would have done the same thing."

In addition to becoming the first three-time winner this year, Bohn is the first player to top the $100,000 mark in earnings. This was Bohn's fifth championship round appearance this year and the fifth time he had bowled for the title.

Bohn earned the title berth by defeating Brian LeClair and Billy Myers Jr. in the opening match. It wasn't easy for Bohn, who rolled a 217 to LeClair's 207 and Myers' 197. Myers, who finished last in the three-man shootout match, needed two strikes and nine pins in the 10th frame to advance to the title match. The night before Myers was in a similar situation, needing two strikes and eight pins in the final frame of the position round game to make h to the championship round. This time Myers failed in his attempt, leaving three pins standing.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ485 (2 games)$16,000
2Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL181 (1 game)8,500
3Brian LeClair, Chatham, NY207 (1 game)6,000
4Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA197 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Match one: Bohn (217) defeated LeClair (207) and Myers (197), and in the championship game, Bohn defeated Hoskins, 268-181.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9968 237.3 13-11-0 390 10358 
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9694 230.8 15-8-1 465 10159 
3Brian LeClair, Chatham, NY 9682 230.5 15-9-0 450 10132 
4Billy Myers Jr., Temple City CA 9606 228.7 17-7-0 510 10116 
5Dave Wodka, S. Setauket, NY 9710 231.2 12-12-0 360 10070 $3,500
6W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9618 229.0 15-9-0 450 10068 3,000
7Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9596 228.5 14-10-0 420 10016 2,600
8David Watson, Raleigh, NC 9601 228.6 13-11-0 390 9991 2,300
9Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL 9561 227.6 12-12-0 360 9921 2,100
10Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9524 226.8 12-12-0 360 9884 2,000
11Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9476 225.6 12-12-0 360 9836 1,900
#12Bob Caputo Jr., Fort Johnson, NY 9432 224.6 13-11-0 390 9822 1,850
#13Bob Spaulding, Portland, OR 9412 224.1 13-10-1 405 9817 1,800
14Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, TX 9392 223.6 11-13-0 330 9722 1,750
15Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9413 224.1 10-14-0 300 9713 1,700
#16Wayne Webb, Akron, OH 9484 225.8 6-16-2 210 9694 1,650
#17Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9346 222.5 9-15-0 270 9616 1,600
#18Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9281 220.9 10-14-0 300 9581 1,550
19Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9218 219.5 12-12-0 360 9578 1,500
20Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9243 220.1 10-14-0 300 9543 1,450
#21Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9116 217.0 1¢10-0 420 9536 1,400
22Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9097 216.6 10-12-2 330 9437 1,350
23Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9127 217.3 9-15-0 270 9397 1,300
24Bobby Hall II, Landover, MD 9093 216.5 8-16-0 240 9333 1,250


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25David Traber, Woodstock, IL$1,040
26Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,010
27Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA990
28Danny Wiseman, Baltimore980
29Eugene McCune, Munster, IN970
30Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, NY955
 Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR955
32Jason Hurd, Visalia, CA940
33Dennis Horan, San Diego930
34Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY920
35Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ910
36Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX900
37Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL890
*38Sean Swanson, Springfield, MO1,000

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Steve Hoskins, 4341 23rd place-Dave D'Entremont and Rick Steelsmith, 4032. 38th place-Sean Swanson, 3971. #-Wayne Webb, Pete Weber, Mike Edwards, Bob Spaulding, Bob Caputo Jr., Darren Wong, Steve Hoskins and Justin Hromek rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn III, Michael Haugen Jr., Brian LeClair, Rohn Morton, Wayne Webb and Ryan Shafer ($50 each).