By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 15, 2001
Parker Bohn III, Ocala's Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mike Aulby notched victories as the PBA moved into the meat of its eight-stop winter tour.
Bohn, the left-hander from Jackson, N.J., and 1999 player of the year, became the first to win his tournament Sunday, the Parker Bohn III Empire State Open at Latham, N.Y..
Bohn defeated Chris Barnes 210-187 to earn his 26th career title and $20,000. Barnes took home $11,000. Clermont's Jason Couch was third ($7,000), Ricky Ward of North Fort Myers fourth ($5,000) and Brian Himmler fifth ($4,000). Steve Hoskins, 10-time winner from Tarpon Springs, was eighth.
Williams defeated Jeff Lizzi 258-204 on Feb. 4 to win his 33rd career title and $25,000 in the PBA National Championship at Toledo, Ohio. The victory left Williams one shy of tying Mark Roth for second on the all-time wins list. He also moved a step closer to the triple crown: the Tournament of Champions, the U.S. Open and the PBA National Championship. Williams has won all but the T of C and would be the fifth to accomplish the feat.
Tommy Delutz Jr. was third ($7,000), Dave Arnold fourth ($5,000) and Tampa's Chris Hayden was fifth for the second time in three weeks. He earned $4,000. Aulby also staked a claim to a piece of history with his 27th tour title Jan. 21 in the Silicon Valley Open at Daly City, Calif.
The Indianapolis left-hander defeated Couch, the tournament leader, 257-211 to claim $19,000 and fourth place on the all-time victory list ahead of Don Johnson and Dick Weber. Aulby is the third (Pete Weber, Williams) to surpass the $2-million mark in earnings. The PBA Hall of Famer has made 87 television appearances in 22 years.
Aulby barely won his match against Justin Hromek. He had to strike on his final ball to win 246-245. Hromek finished third for $7,000, Dennis Horan was fourth ($5,000) and Hayden was fifth ($4,000).
The tour is in Burlington, N.C., this week for the Tarheel Open, returning to the state after 17 years. ESPN will telecast the final at 12:30 p.m. The seniors are off until late spring.
The Professional Women's Bowling Association opens its tour May 7-11 with the Queens Tournament during the WIBC Championship Tournament at Fort Lauderdale.
COUNTRY LANES: Wendy Macpherson and Clermont's Norm Duke were voted bowlers of the year by the Bowling Writers Association of America. ... Bowl.com, which posts ABC, WIBC, YABA and BPAA news and more, will change its Web site to sportbowling.com later this month. ... The ABC/WIBC's equipment specifications manual is available online at bowl.com. Click on the "library" link and you need Adobe Acrobat Reader for the download.
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