Miller Lite Open



$150,000 MILLER LITE OPEN
Buckeye Lanes, North Olmsted, Ohio, Feb 29-Mar 5, 1988

Aulby Back In Winner's Circle

Displaying the same form and intensity he used to set a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) single-season money record in 1985, Mike Aulby defeated two opponents to win his 14th PBA title in the $150,000 Miller Lite Open.

Aulby, 28, of Indianapolis, snapped a winless streak dating back to the 1986 PBA Doubles Classic with a 249-200 championship game victory against top-seeded Andy Neuer for the $27,000 first prize at Buckeye Lanes.

To get to the final match, Aulby fired a "must" 10th-frame strike in the semifinal game on his way to defeating Tom Crites, 233-215.

"Previously I've qualified for TV and expected not to win, but today was different," said Aulby. "I was disappointed that an open frame in the 10th frame in the position round (Friday night) cost me the top-seeded spot and I was determined to win a title again."

Aulby watched the first two matches from the sidelines as brother-in-law Steve Cook finished with six strikes to outscore Pete McCordic, 258-242. But Cook's momentum carried no further as he was eliminated by Crites, 230-216, in the next match.

After Aulby stopped Crites, he took a 12-pin lead in the title contest when second-year pro Neuer, Milton, Pa., missed converting a 7-pin in the third frame. Aulby responded with a double to extend the lead. Neuer, also a lefthander, kept the match alive by putting together three straight strikes starting in the seventh frame, but Aulby matched those efforts and continued striking to the finish.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis482 (2 games)$27,000
2Andy Neuer, Milton, Pa.200 (1 game)14,000
3Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.445 (2 games)8,000
4Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.474 (2 games)6,500
5Pete McCordic, Houston242 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Cook defeated McCordic, 258-242; Crites defeated Cook, 230-216; Aulby defeated Crites, 233-215; and in the championship game, Aulby defeated Neuer, 249-200.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Andy Neuer, Milton, Pa. 9864 234.9 12-12-0 360 10224 
#2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9828 234.0 13-11-0 390 10218 
#3Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9767 232.5 15-9-0 450 10217 
4Pete McCordic, Houston 9783 232.9 13-10-1 405 10188 
5Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9671 230.3 15-8-1 465 10136 
6Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C. 9670 230.2 15-8-1 465 10135 $4,500
7David Rosenburg, Rolla, Mo. 9599 228.5 14-10-0 420 10019 4,000
8Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 9576 228.0 13-10-1 405 9981 3,500
9Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9563 227.7 13-10-1 405 9968 3,200
10Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 9521 226.7 14-10-0 420 9941 3,000
11Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 9483 225.8 14-10-0 420 9903 2,800
12John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 9658 230.0 8-16-0 240 9898 2,700
#13Todd H. Thompson, Reno, Nev. 9439 224.7 14-10-0 420 9859 2,600
14George Branham III, San Diego, Calif. 9473 225.5 12-12-0 360 9833 2,500
#15Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H. 9560 227.6 9-15-0 270 9830 2,400
16Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9473 225.5 11-12-1 345 9818 2,300
17Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9439 224.7 12-12-0 360 9799 2,200
18Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas 9484 225.8 8-16-0 240 9724 2,100
19Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 9353 222.7 10-12-2 330 9683 2,000
20Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J. 9304 221.5 12-12-0 360 9664 1,900
21Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9371 223.1 9-14-1 285 9656 1,800
22Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9252 220.3 10-14-0 300 9552 1,700
23Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9153 217.9 8-15-1 255 9408 1,600
24Thomas Jordan, Paterson, N.J. 9097 216.6 9-15-0 270 9367 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis$1,420
26Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,270
27Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,260
28Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.1,250
29Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,240
30Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,230
31Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs, Colo.1,220
32Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,210
33Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio1,200
34Steve Anderson, Colo. Springs, Colo.1,190
35Leroy Bornhop St. Charles, Mo.1,180
36Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,170
37Brad Snell, Des Plaines, Ill.1,160
38Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,150
39Don Sylvia, New Bedford, Mass.1,140
40Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla..1,120
 Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.1,120
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,120
43Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.1,100
44Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis.1,090
45Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,080
46Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,070
47Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,060
48Jess Stayrook, San Diego. Calif.1,050
9Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,040
50Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.1,025
 Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,025
52Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.1,010
53Les Zikes, Palatine. Ill.1,000

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Andy Neuer, 4455. 241h place - Tony Marrese, 4056. 53rd place - Les Zikes, 3922. # - Andy Neuer, Tom Crites, Mike Aulby, Todd Thompson and Jimmie Pritts Jr. rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS Parker Bohn III, Andy Neuer, Bob Handley, Don Moser, Dave Arnold, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Mike Aulby, Ron Bell, Bill Beach, Steve Cook, Rod Pasteur. David Rosenburg, Tom Baker, Guppy Troup, Gil Sliker, Marc McDowell, Sam Maccarone and Palmer Fallgren ($50 each).