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Williams, Johnson Lead Opens

October 3, 1996

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Liz Johnson led their respective leaderboards after the first round of match play in the 1996 BPAA U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl on Wednesday.

Williams, from Stockton, Calif., was 4-4 in match play but came away with a lead of 165 pins. He had a pinfall of 9,168 and a 226 average.

Ted Hannahs was second behind Williams. The Zanesville, Ohio, native went 6-2 during match play and had a pinfall of 9,003.

Dave Husted, the defending U.S. Open champion, was third with 8,832, followed by Kevin McGerr with 8,751 and Bill Oakes with 8,904.

Johnson, from Niagara Falls, N.Y., went 6-2 and held off hard-charging Marianne DiRupo for the top spot in the women’s tournament. Johnson, the leading contender for LBPT rookie of the year, downed 8,777 pins, an average of 214.

DiRupo had the high block of the night, averaging 235 for eight games to increase her pinfall total to 8,707.

Carol Norman, the leader after qualifying, was third with 8,559, followed by Debbie McMullen with 8,589 and Nikki Gianulias with 8,525.

The final two rounds of match play were scheduled Thursday before the top four in both tournaments advance to the finals on Friday in Market Square Arena.

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