David Ozio rolled three strikes in the final frame to beat Del Warren 236-235
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) _ David Ozio rolled three strikes in the final frame to beat Del Warren 236-235 in the Professional Bowlers Association $150,000 Hammer Open Wednesday night.
After his climactic ending, Ozio collapsed on the approach and was admittedly emotionally drained after the match.
″Just another day at work,″ he quipped afterward.
″I’m just totally drained. I can’t even describe how I feel. Three months ago I didn’t feel like I could win again,″ Ozio said.
Ozio, who collected his fourth PBA title and a $27,000 check, said one of his biggest hurdles was winning his first match against Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela. Monacelli opened the national telecast by knocking off PBA Hall of Famer Mark Roth 287-247.
In the following game against Ozio, Monacelli could muster only a 175 to Ozio’s 194.
″For Amleto to shoot 287 and then that game against me was a mystery. I really felt sorry for him,″ Ozio said.
After that somewhat shaky start, Ozio demolished third-seeded Tom Crites 268-171 to set up the championship battle with Warren.
In all, Ozio closed with seven consecutive strikes.
Two-time PBA champ Warren was consoled with $14,000 for second place. Crites, who won his fourth tour crown a month ago in Seattle, earned $8,000.
Monacelli settled for $6,000, while the Roth, the PBA’s all-time earnings leader, added $5,000 to his total.