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Traber Wins Foresters Open

May 19, 1996

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) _ David Traber converted a 3-7 split in the final frame of his semifinal Saturday and went on to win the PBA Foresters Open.

Traber of Woodstock, Ill., eliminated second-seeded Parker Bohn III 211-200. He then rolled seven consecutive strikes against Jess Stayrook in the championship, winning 242-201 for his third career title.

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

Despite marking in every frame, Stayrook fell behind by 54 pins. The top seed from Tempe, Ariz., picked up a 3-6-7 split in the first frame but struck in only 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 entering the 10th frame but opened to give Traber a shot.

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

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 defeated Mike Edwards 215-201 in the day’s opening match.

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