Miller Lite Classic



$150,000 MILLER LITE CLASSIC
Don Carter's Kendall Lanes, Miami, Fla., Feb 8-13, 1988

Another Lite Win For Milton

Tom Milton has won two of the last three Miller Brewing-sponsored PBA Winter Tour tournaments but still is just one-third of the way home toward a $1 million bonus from Miller Brewing Company following his victory in the $150,000 Miller Lite Classic.

Milton topped rookie sensation and leading qualifier Rick Steelsmith, 233-221, to earn the first leg of Miller's "Lite Slam awarded any bowler winning all three Miller-hosted Winter Tour tournaments. A $50,000 "Mini-Slam" incentive awaits the victor of two of the three '88 Lite events.

Both players opened the title game with four-baggers before Milton spared in his fifth and Steelsmith followed by leaving the 4-6-7-10 "big four," which he ailed to convert. Milton stayed clean the rest of the game and Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., fought back with a double, spare and strike, but was halted by a reluctant 10-pin on his first shot of the 10th frame.

The first game of the ABC-TV championship round pitted Milton against dominant Midwestern Region pro Brad Snell, Des Plaines, III., and Milton struck 10 times to advance, 275-215. Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo., was next up and appeared on the way into the semifinal match until an open frame in the ninth. The opportunistic Milton wasted no time in answering his opponent's mistake to proceed further, 235-220.

Against second-seeded Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif., Milton next capitalized with a mid-game four-bagger to come from behind with a 227-195 win.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.970 (4 games)$27,000
2Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.221 (1 game)14,000
3Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.195 (1 game)8,500
4Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.220 (1 game)7,000
5Brad Snell, Des Plaines, Ill.215 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Milton defeated Snell, 275-215; Milton defeated Weber, 235-220; Milton defeated Horan, 227-195; and in the championship game, Milton defeated Steelsmith, 233-221.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 9690 230.7 13-11-0 390 10080 
2Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif. 9450 225.0 17-7-0 510 9960 
3Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9338 222.3 16-8-0 480 9818 
#4Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 9311 221.7 16-8-0 480 9791 
5Brad Snell, Des Plaines, III. 9292 221.2 13-11-0 390 9682 
6Steve Anderson, Colo. Springs, Colo. 9184 218.7 14-10-0 420 9604 $5,000
7Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9147 217.8 15-9-0 450 9597 4,000
8Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C. 9154 218.0 14-10-0 420 9574 3,500
9Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9181 218.6 13-11-0 390 9571 3,200
10Chris Warren, Dallas, Texas 9153 217.9 13-11-0 390 9543 3,000
11Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9224 219.6 10-14-0 300 9524 2,800
12Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 9188 218.8 11-13-0 330 9518 2,700
13Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9133 217.5 12-12-0 360 9493 2,600
14Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9213 219.4 8-16-0 240 9453 2,500
@15Robert Newmeyer, Miami, Fla. 8979 213.8 14-10-0 420 9399 2,400
16Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 9063 215.8 11-13-0 330 9393 2,300
#17Andrew Neuer, Milton, Pa. 9001 214.3 12-12-0 360 9361 2,200
18Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz. 8999 214.3 9-15-0 270 9269 2,100
19Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. 8915 212.3 10-14-0 300 9215 2,000
20Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 8907 212.1 10-14-0 300 9207 1,900
21Joe Merrill, Lancaster, Calif. 8805 209.6 11-13-0 330 9135 1,800
22John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 8790 209.3 9-15-0 270 9060 1,700
23Todd Agee, Akron, Ohio 8702 207.2 11-13-0 330 9032 1,600
24Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis. 8816 209.9 6-18-0 180 8996 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#*25David White, Okla. City, Okla.$1,410
26Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,280
27Corey Groth, La Verne, Calif.1,270
28Joe Salvemini, Colo. Springs, Colo.1,260
29Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.1,250
30Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan.1,240
31Tony Westlake, Edmond. Okla.1,230
32Pete McCordic, Houston1,220
33Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,210
34Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.1,200
35Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,190
36Ted Thompson, Sarasota, Fla.1,175
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,175
38Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,160
39Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,145
 Leroy Bornhop St. Charles, Mo.1,145
41Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.1,125
 Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,125
43Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas1,110
44David Rosenburg, Rolla, Mo.1,095
 Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich.1,095
46Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.1,080
47Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,070
48Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.1,060
49Marc McDowell, Madison. Wis.1,040
 George Sabatino, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,040
 Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.1,040
52Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,020
53Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.505
 Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.505

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Rick Steelsmith, 4197. 24th place - Jeff Richgels, 3894. 53rd place - Palmer Fallgren and Sam Maccarone, 3794. @ - Non PBA-member. # - Adam Colton, David White, Tom Milton and Andrew Neuer rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Chris Warren, Jeff Bellinger, Les Zikes, Mike Taylor, Chuck Pierce, Jim Murtishaw, Daniel Broadway, Norm Duke, Tony Westlake, Bob Benoit, Johnny Petraglia and Thomas Jordon ($50 each).