Lite Beer Championship



$200,000 LITE BEER CHAMPIONSHIP
Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes, Milwaukee, Wis., Mar 2-7, 1987

Miller Time For Milton

Tom Milton accomplished far more than simply winning his fourth PBA title in the $200,000 Miller Lite Championship by topping Randy Lightfoot, 225-191. He also ended a drought of nearly four years without a PBA championship, cemented his position in the Firestone Tournament of Champions and collected the $39,000 first prize.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. fell short in the semifinal game against Lightfoot, 268-258, despite hitting the pocket on all 12 of his shots and out-striking his opponent, 10-9, ending Williams' hopes for collecting the $1 million Lite Slam bonus for winning three Miller-sponsored events.

Against top-seeded Milton, Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo., was seeking to re-gain his berth in the Firestone, having been bumped from the exclusive field of 52 champions one week earlier. He struck in the first frame but could muster only three more strikes in the championship game after his thrilling match with Williams. Milton strung a four-bagger in frames three through six, and along with eighth and 10th-frame strikes, coasted in.

Lightfoot opened the championship round at Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes against PBA Tour newcomer Jimmy Keeth, West Palm Bach, Fla., with a 256-207 victory. His momentum continued against new father Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla., 259-214. Sliker shared the 1983 PBA Doubles title with partner Mike Durbin but was seeking his first individual championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.225 (1 game)$39,000
2Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.974 (4 games)20,000
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.258 (1 game)12,000
4Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.214 (1 game)9,000
5Jimmy Keeth, West Palm Beach, Fla.207 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Lightfoot defeated Keeth, 256-207; Lightfoot defeated Sliker, 259-214; Lightfoot defeated Williams, 268-258; and in the championship game, Milton defeated Lightfoot. 225-191.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 9410 224.0 15-9-0 450 9860 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9448 225.0 13-10-1 405 9853 
3Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla. 9247 220.2 16-8-0 480 9727 
4Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 9314 221.8 13-11-0 380 9704 
5Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla. 9283 221.0 14-10-0 420 9703 
6George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9340 222.4 11-13-0 330 9670 $6,000
7Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9267 220.6 13-11-0 390 9657 5,500
8Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9047 215.4 17-7-0 510 9557 5,000
9Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9228 219.7 10-14-0 300 9528 4,500
10Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9083 216.3 14-10-0 420 9503 4,000
11Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9167 218.3 11-13-0 330 9497 3,600
12Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 9072 216.0 14-10-0 420 9492 3,200
13Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 8983 213.9 14-10-0 420 9403 3,000
14Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 9065 215.8 11-13-0 330 9395 2,800
15Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9136 217.5 8-15-1 255 9391 2,600
16Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 9025 214.9 10-14-0 300 9325 2,500
17Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9018 214.7 10-14-0 300 9318 2,400
18Pete Kaczmarczyk, Warren, Mich. 8969 213.5 11-13-0 330 9299 2,300
19Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla., 8965 213.5 10-14-0 300 9265 2,200
20Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz. 8960 213.3 10-14-0 300 9260 2,100
21Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8980 213.8 9-15-0 270 9250 2,000
22David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8978 213.8 9-15-0 270 9248 1,900
23Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 8856 210.9 13-11-0 390 9246 1,850
24Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif. 8777 209.0 11-13-0 330 9107 1,800

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.$1,650
*26John Weltzien, McHenry, Ill.1,740
27Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich.1,590
28Philip Ringener, Big Springs, Texas1,555
 Dale Traber, Cedarburg Wis.1,555
30Rick Brunori, Monroeville, Pa.1,525
31Jim Pencak, Richmond Heights, Ohio1,510
32Chris Warren, Dallas1,500
33Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,490
34Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo..1,480
35Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,465
 Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.1,465
37Mats Karlsson, Sweden1,450
38Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,440
39Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.1,430
40Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.1,415
 Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,415
42Ricky Corona, Diamond Bar, Calif..1,400
43Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla.1,390
#44Guppy Troup, Tucker, Ga.1,380
45Jim Tilton, Huntington Beach, Calif.1,370
46Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio1,360
47Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.1,345
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,345
49Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.1,330
50Art Trask, Fresno. Calif.1,320
51Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.1,300
 Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan.1,300
 Jim Gibson, Kansas City, Mo.1,300

* - Match play alternate. # - Guppy Troup rolled a 300 game ($100). 18-game qualifying leader - Randy Lightfoot, 4099. 24th place - Tom Baker, 3919. 51st place - Purvis Granger, Make Jasnau and Jim Gibson, 3846. PRO-AM CASHERS - Mike Aulby, Henry Gonzalez, Mark Roth, Gary Dickinson, Dave Traber, Dick Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jim Murtishaw, Dave Husted, Billy Young Jr., Jeff Dreyfus, Rowdy Morrow, Jon O'Drobniak, Pete Couture, Mike Jasnau, Marc McDowell ($50 each), David Ozio. Joe Berardi and Pete Kaczmarczyk ($33.33 each).