Lite Beer Championship



$200,000 LITE BEER CHAMPIONSHIP
Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes, Milwaukee, Wis., Mar 28-Apr 2, 1988

Bellinger Whips Four For Title

It came as no April Fool's Day surprise to Jeff Bellinger that he qualified for the championship round of the $200,000 Miller Lite Championship. After all, Bellinger had been among the top five finalists at Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes three of the last four years. But in topping leading qualifier Steve Cook, 204-183, for the $39,000 first prize, fourth-seeded Bellinger also kept alive a two-year lock he and roommate Tom Milton now enjoy in this tournament's winner's circle.

Cook recorded a 279 game in the position round to vault him into the top-seeded spot but struggled in the championship match. He opened with four spares, struck, and then didn't strike again until his eighth frame, yet had the opportunity to clinch by closing in the 10th with a double and six-count. Bellinger was clean throughout the final game and mustered four strikes, including a double in his sixth and seventh frames. However, Cook assured Bellinger of his second PBA title on his first ball of the 10th, leaving the 3-5-6-9.

Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., opened the finals with a 198-185 win against second-year pro Jeff Miller, Columbus, Ohio. In that match Bellinger survived three open frames, which proved to be the only blemishes of his four-game charge to the title.

Next up was Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan., who was hoping to continue his "perfect" championship round experiences, coming off a 300 game in the final match of the Quaker State Open in January. This time Benoit went down 207-168.

Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., next tested Bellinger and was frustrated in the semifinal, 224-193. Bellinger was not to be denied on this day.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.833 (4 games)$39,000
2Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.183 (1 game)20,000
3Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.193 (1 game)12,000
4Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.168 (1 game)9,000
5Jeff Miller, Columbus, Ohio185 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Bellinger defeated Miller, 198-185; Bellinger defeated Benoit, 207-168; Bellinger defeated Husted, 224-193; and in the championship game, Bellinger defeated Cook, 204-183.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9431 224.5 17-7-0 510 9941 
2Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9371 223.1 16-8-9 480 9851 
#3Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 9343 222.5 16-8-0 480 9823 
4Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 9306 221.6 16-8-0 480 9786 
5Jeff Miller, Columbus, Ohio 9261 220.5 13-11-0 390 9651 
6Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 9196 219.0 14-10-0 420 9616 $6,000
7Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9172 218.4 13-11-0 390 9562 5,500
8Tom Hinz, Joliet, III. 9146 217.8 13-11-0 390 9536 5,000
9Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 9123 217.2 13-11-0 390 9513 4,500
10Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9105 216.8 12-12-0 360 9465 4,000
11John Fine, Irving, Texas 8981 213.8 15-9-0 450 9431 3,600
12Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis. 9050 215.5 12-12-0 360 9410 3,200
13Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9010 214.5 13-11-0 390 9400 3,000
14Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9061 215.7 9-15-0 270 9331 2,800
15Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 8989 214.0 11-13-j 330 9319 2,600
16John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 8922 212.4 12-12-0 360 9282 2,500
17Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 8924 212.5 11-12-1 345 9269 2,400
18Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 8894 211.8 8-15-1 255 9149 2,300
19Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 8724 207.7 13-10-1 405 9129 2,200
20Tom Adcock, Decatur, III. 8764 208.7 8-16-0 240 9004 2,100
21Joe Merrill, Lancaster, Calif. 8729 207.8 9-15-0 270 8999 2,000
22Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 8700 207.1 9-15-0 270 8970 1,900
23Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 8575 204.2 9-14-1 285 8860 1,850
24Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8686 206.8 4-20-0 120 8806 1,785

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.$1,650
26James A. Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.1,520
#27Paul Ashby, Mentor, Ohio1,510
28Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,500
29David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,490
30Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis.1,475
 Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.1,475
32Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,460
33Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,450
34Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,440
35Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.1,430
36Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,420
37Chris Warren. Dallas1,410
38Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,400
39Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo.1,390
40Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.1,380
41Michael Karch, Tacoma, Wash.1,370
42David D'Entremont. Cleveland1,360
43Pete McCordic, Houston1,350
44Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis1,340
45Richard Orf. St. Louis1,330
46Stephen Hardy, Methuen, Mass.1,320
@47Jace Peterson, Oak Creek, Wis.1,305
 Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,305
49Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,290
50Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,280
51Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,270
52Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.1,260
53Butch Soper, Windor, Ont., Can.1,250

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Dave Husted, 4210. 24th place - Bill Beach, 3926. 53rd place Butch Soper, 3813. # - Paul Ashby and Bob Benoit rolled 300 games ($100 each). @ - Denotes non-PBA member. PRO-AM CASHERS - Dave D'Entremont, Scott Devers, Pete Weber, Palmer Fallgren, Leroy Bornhop, Steve Cook, Parker Bohn III, Tom Adcock, Jimmy Keeth, Brian Voss, George Branham III, Joe Conigliaro, Mark Baker, Tony Moore, Dale Eagle, Steve Wunderlich ($50 each), Bob Benoit, Marc McDowell, Guppy Troup and Ted Hannahs ($25 each).