Miller Lite Challenge



$140,000 MILLER LITE CHALLENGE
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz., Jul 3-8, 1987

Devers Handles Miller Challenge

Scott Devers labeled four game-ending strikes solid in the pocket to help defeat an advancing Marc McDowell, 234-206, to win his first Professional Bowlers Association title in the 140,000 Miller Lite Challenge.

Devers, a 25-year-old lefthander from Centerville, Ind., poured home the closing strikes to force McDowell, Madison, Wis., to roll a double and a seven-count for victory. McDowell's first attempt went high on the headpin for a 3-6 leave, relegating him to a runnerup finish after having qualified for the championship round in fifth lace.

McDowell had earned a spot on the live ESPN telecast by downing Rod Pasteur, 269-267, in the position round match the evening before. He maintained that momentum by ousting Tour superstar Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., 266-198, in the first match of the stepladder finals.

Next, McDowell, the 1986 Sorting News PBA Rookie of the Year, took a huge lead early against veteran Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., and coasted to a 234-189 win. In the semifinal game, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., and McDowell traded strikes and spares until Miller was stopped by a 6-pin on his first shot in the 10th frame, paving the way for a 227-214 win by the 25 year-old McDowell.

Devers was the star of the show in match play at Tucson's Golden Pin Lanes, piling up a 411-pin lead over Miller on the strength of a 228 average and a 20-4 match play record. It was his second championship round appearance in three tournaments, having finished second to Parker Bohn III for the Columbia 300 Open championship in Seattle two weeks ago.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.234 (1 game)$23,000
2Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.933 (4 games)12,000
3Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.214 (1 game)7,500
4Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.189 (1 game)6,000
5Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.198 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - McDowell defeated Holman, 266-198; McDowell defeated Baker, 234-189; McDowell defeated Miller, 227-214; and in the championship game, Devers defeated McDowell, 234-206.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 9574 228.0 20-4-0 600 10174 
2Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 9313 221.7 15-9-0 450 9763 
3Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 9312 221.7 14-9-1 435 9747 
4Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9338 222.3 12-11-1 375 9713 
5Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 9305 221.5 12-11-1 375 9680 
6Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9187 218.7 14-9-1 435 9622 $4,000
7Jeff Miller, Canal Winchester, Ohio 9124 217.2 13-10-1 405 9526 3,600
8Billy Yinger, Arlington, Texas 9070 216.0 14-10-0 420 9490 3,300
9Matt Surina, Tacoma, Wash. 9051 215.5 14-10-0 420 9471 3,000
10Ken Johnson, Lewisville, Texas 9105 216.8 11-12-1 345 9450 2,800
11Bobby Jacks, Hayward, Calif. 9163 218.2 9-15-0 270 9433 2,600
12Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas 9039 215.2 11-12-1 345 9384 2,400
13Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 9062 215.8 10-14-0 300 9362 2,300
#14Wayne Webb, Merritt Island, Fla. 8933 212.7 14-10-0 420 9353 2,200
15Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 8937 212.8 13-11-0 390 9327 2,100
16Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 8977 213.7 11-12-1 345 9322 2,000
17Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 8951 213.1 10-12-2 330 9281 1,900
18Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8968 213.5 9-14-1 285 9253 1,800
19Daniel Eberl, Tonawanda, N.Y. 8937 212.8 10-13-1 315 9252 1,700
20Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 8915 212.3 9-15-0 270 9185 1,600
21James Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz. 8902 212.0 7-14-3. 255 9157 1,500
22Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 8813 209.8 11-13-0 330 9143 1,400
23Eddy Kelley, Amarillo, Texas 8812 209.8 7-16-1 225 9037 1,360
24Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, III. 8578 204.2 9-15-0 270 8848 1,320

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.$1,300
26Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.1,155
27Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.1,125
 Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,125
29Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.1,110
30Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.1,095
 Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,095
32Nick Melnikoff, Pacifica, Calif.1,080
33Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis.1,070
34George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,060
35Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.1,050
36Ken Ogden, Canandaigua, N.Y.1,040
37John Gant, Independence, Ky.1,025
 Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.1,025
39Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.1,010
40Andrew Neuer, E. Longmeadow, Mass.1,000
41Todd M. Thompson, Cypress, Calif.980
 Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz.980
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis980
44Mats Karlsson, Sweden960
45Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.950
46Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.940
47Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.930
48Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas920
49Pete McCordic, Houston905
 Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.905
51George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.890
52Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.880
53Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio870

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Bobby Jacks, 4011. 24th place - Dan Ebert and Tom Crites, 3804. Eberl defeated Crites, 190-157, in a roll-off for 24th place. 53rd place - Ron Bell, 3715. PRO-AM CASHERS Steve Wunderlich, Pete Weber, Amleto Monacelli, Parker Bohn III, Ricky Corona, Joe Berardi, Mats Karlsson and Harry Sullins ($50 each).