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Criss takes lead in Flagship Open

April 4, 1997

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ Tim Criss of Bel Air, Md., moved from second to first at the Professional Bowlers Association’s Flagship Open Friday.

Criss, who is having his best year on the tour, continued his solid play. With only eight games of match-play remaining, he had a total pinfall of 8,004.

Fourth-round leader Tommy Delutz Jr. was in second place. Delutz, who is also having a breakthrough year, trailed Criss by 53 pins. Delutz had a high game of 263 and used a match play record of 4-4 to remain in contention for the championship round.

George Branham III used a 6-2 match play record to climb from seventh to third. Branham, a former Tournament of Champions winner, was averaging 223 and had a pinfall total of 7,908.

Mike Shady used a 6-2 match play record to jump from eighth to fourth with 7,895 pins. Rounding out the top five was Walter Ray Williams Jr. The PBA’s No. 1 ranked player had a pinfall total of 7,788.

Match play concluded Friday night with the top five advancing to Saturday’s championship round.

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