Clevelander tops Brobson for Park Centre bowling title
Saturday, March 13, 2004
TEN PIN PARADE Bill Snier Repository sports writer
Jim Jones Sr. has this thing about Stark County major scratch singles tournaments.
One just isn’t enough.
The 46-year-old Cleveland right-hander won back-to-back Copeco Scratch Open titles in 1995-96 at College Bowl. Now, he can add a pair of Glen Hannum Memorials to his résumé.
Jones, overcoming a split in the fifth frame of the title match, struck out rest of the way en route to a 245-206 win over Canton lefty Gary Brobson in the 22nd annual Hannum at Park Centre on Sunday.
“I took off a year-and-a-half, but things are just beginning to come together again for me,” said Jones, who won $2,000.
The No. 2 seed entering the stepladder finals, Jones survived missing a 10-pin spare in his semifinal match against North Canton’s Brian Ball. But he again followed that with three strikes en route to a 235-209 win.
In the title match, Jones started with two strikes, then left a difficult 3-6-9 spare in the third frame. That was followed by a 4-6-7 split in the fifth.
“I got lucky today. I should have moved on that left lane earlier,” Jones said. “I finally moved two boards left with my feet, but I had to make sure I got the ball out to the right.”
Brobson, seeking his second Hannum title after winning in 2001, struck on three of his first four shots. With a chance to put Jones in a hole in the fifth and sixth frames, he left 6-pin and 8-pin spares.
“I thought I could put the pressure on him when he had that hole in the fifth,” said Brobson, who has qualified for the top five seven times in the Hannum.
“But I leave that 6-pin and the solid-8. I thought I threw the ball well ... I hit the pocket with every shot, but they just didn’t want to go down.”
Brobson’s results were similar to his last Hannum title match loss in 1997 to Warren’s Jim Wolcott when he was unable to throw a strike in a 237-178 loss.
This time, Brobson had just two strikes after the fourth frame, at one point leaving three straight 7-pin spares.
But the lefty was not going to complain considering he stood in 102nd place after game 1 of qualifying and reached the 20-man quarterfinal match-play round by just one pin.
“After that bad start, Kevin Johnson really helped me get back on track,” Brobson said.
“I was able to win both matches and get to the top seed.”
Ball, the No. 4 seed, picked up where he left off following his second-place finish in the Akron Open two weeks ago by topping 1992 Hannum champion Tom Johns of Hudson, 246-225, in his opening match and beating Johnson, a Uniontown right-hander, 244-222 in the quarterfinals.
Johnson had seven strikes, but left a pair of 8-10 splits to halt his bid. It marked Ball’s second straight top-five finish in the Hannum.
Jones admitted this was a different Park Centre than when he stopped Clinton lefty Dean Maple, 275-269, to win the Hannum in 1999.
“There was a lot more oil last time. This time, I had to use my harder ball, though I used the same ball all day,” Jones said.
It made little difference as Jones added a second major of the season — he earlier teamed with Noel Liederbach to claim the Akron Open Doubles title in December at Colonial Village. What’s next?
Jones has just one title in the John Klonowski Memorial at Eastbury.