Budweiser Touring Players Championship



$135,000 BUDWEISER TOURING PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Taylor Lanes, Taylor, Mich., Nov 30-Dec 5, 1987

Crites Tops 80's Best

Tom Crites' chances of winning his second Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title in 1987 looked bleak after he entered the fray in the semifinal match.

However, the Tampa, Fla., native, wearing lizard-skin bowling shoes, slithered out of trouble and downed Wayne Webb and Marshall Holman to capture the $135,000 Budweiser Touring Players Championship before an NBC-TV audience at Taylor Lanes.

Although Crites topped Holman, 221-205, for the $23,000 winner's check, it was doubtful he would even advance to the final match after the first four frames of his semifinal game against Webb. Crites began that game with an open frame while Webb struck in three of the first four frames. When Webb's fortunes turned sour Crites took a four-pin lead in the seventh frame and sealed the win with a closing four-bagger.

In the title game with 20-time PBA champion Holman, Crites opened with three strikes and never trailed. Holman did win the prestigious George Young Memorial High Average Award for the year with a 216.80 norm.

In earlier matches, Webb, Merritt Island, Fla., had gained the semifinal berth by beating Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa., 229-217, after Palombi had opened the championship round by eliminating David Ozio, Vidor, Texas, 220-185.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.426 (2 games)$23,000
2Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.205 (1 game)12,000
3Wayne Webb, Merritt Island, Fla.395 (2 games)8,000
4Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa437 (2 games)6,500
5David Ozio, Vidor, Texas185 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Palombi defeated Ozio, 220-185; Webb defeated Palombi, 229-217; Crites defeated Webb, 205-166; and in the championship game, Crites defeated Holman, 221-205.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 12194 217.8 15-9-0 450 12644 
2Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 12029 214.8 15-9-0 450 12479 
3Wayne Webb, Merritt Island, Fla. 12057 215.3 13-11-0 390 12447 
4Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 11957 213.5 14-8-2 450 12407 
5David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 12004 214.4 13-11-0 390 12394 
6Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 11998 214.3 12-12-0 360 12358 $5,000
7Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 11887 212.3 14-10-0 420 12307 4,500
8Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 11855 211.7 15-9-0 450 12305 4,000
9Todd H. Thompson, Reno, Nev. 11856 211.7 14-9-1 435 12291 3,500
10Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 11877 212.1 13-11-0 390 12267 3,000
11Ron Williams, Cahokia, III. 11848 211.6 13-11-0 390 12238 2,800
#12Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 11837 211.4 12-12-0 360 12197 2,700
13Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 11801 210.7 12-10-2 390 12191 2,600
14Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind. 11850 211.8 11-13-0 330 12190 2,500
15Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 11863 211.8 10-13-1 315 12178 2,400
16Brian Alpert, Woodland Hills, Calif. 11817 211.0 11-13-0 330 12147 2,300
17Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 11755 209.9 12-11-1 375 12130 2,200
18David Traber, Woodstock, III. 11755 209.9 11-13-0 330 12085 2,100
19Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 11688 208.7 13-10-0 390 12078 2,000
20Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 11779 210.3 9-15-0 270 12049 1,900
21Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif. 11806 210.8 8-16-0 240 12046 1,800
22Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11708 209.1 10-13-1 315 12023 1,700
23Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla. 11669 208.4 9-15-0 270 11939 1,600
24George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 11506 205.4 5-19-0 150 11656 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.$1,485
26Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,330
27Jeff Lowe, Indianapolis1,300
28Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.1,275
29Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.1,250
20Andrew Neuer, E. Longmeadow, Mass.1,225
31Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,200
32Jimmy Certain, Milwaukee, Wis.1,180
33Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio1,160
34Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla.1,140
35Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.1,120
36Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas1,100
37Jim Harvey, Tucson, Ariz.1,080
38Mark Fahy, Chicago1,060
39Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.1,040

* - Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Marshall Holman, 6959. 24th place - David Traber, 6736. 39th place - Parker Bohn III, 6490. # - Del Warren Jr. rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Todd Thompson ($100), Mark Roth, Jim Pencak, Wayne Webb, Guppy Troup, Andrew Neuer, John Gant, Del Ballard Jr. and Charlie Tapp ($50 each).