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Traber Wins Foresters Open

May 18, 1996

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) _ David Traber converted a key split in the semifinals and went on to win the PBA Foresters Open on Saturday, his third career title.

Traber, from Woodstock, Ill., converted a 3-7 split in the final frame of the semifinal to eliminate second-seeded Parker Bohn III 211-200.

Traber rolled seven consecutive strikes against Jess Stayrook in the championship.

``I wasn’t thinking about the perfect game at all. I just wanted to get as far ahead as I could,″ Traber said.

Despite marking in every frame, the top-seeded Stayrook fell behind by as many as 54 pins in the match. The Tempe, Ariz., resident picked up a 3-6-7 split in the first frame but only struck in one of the first five frames.

``It was a tough day bowling with four other great players,″ he said. ``I felt this was the fairest week we’ve had all year. The lefties had a shot. Straight guys had a shot, guys who throw it slow, guys who hook it.″

Traber reached his first final of the year after defeating Bohn in the semifinal. Bohn, an 11-time champion, had a one-pin lead heading into the 10th frame but opened to give Traber a shot at the victory.

After leaving the 3-7 in his final frame, Traber needed one pin to force a tie and both to win he match.

Traber moved into the semifinal after defeating David Ozio 248-218 in the second match of the day with six straight strikes from the fourth through ninth frames.

Ozio, from Vidor, Texas, defeated Mike Edwards 215-201 in the day’s opening match.

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