Fair Lanes Open



$140,000 FAIR LANES OPEN
Towson Fair Lanes, Towson, Md., Apr 4-9, 1988

Fair Lanes Falls To Williams

Mark Williams won his fifth PBA title in the $140,000 Fair Lanes Open, capped by a 229-180 championship game decision against leading qualifier Gil Sliker. Williams fought past three opponents in recording his first victory since 1986 and saddled Sliker with his eighth runnerup finish in a PBA singles event.

A sign of things to come was immediately apparent for Sliker when he failed to convert the 2-4-5 leave in the first frame. Sliker also opened in his eighth and ninth stanzas, leaving 5-7 splits, while Williams stayed clean and coasted easily.

In the opening match, Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif., ousted Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan., 206-185. Taylor was making his second appearance ever in the championship round and Benoit was competing in the ABC Sports finals for the second consecutive week.

Enter Williams, Beaumont, Texas, hungry for victory and his match with Taylor was a beauty. Taylor began with a four-bagger, spared and then strung three more. Williams opened with a strike, spare and then launched a seven-bagger to come from behind and advance, 259-246.

Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash., was next for Williams and Voss was hoping to collect his third title in the last five weeks. Four open frames proved his undoing, including one in which he hit his ankle. Despite bowing, 228-190, Voss topped the $100,000 mark in yearly earnings with his $8,000 payday.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas716 (3 games)$23,000
2Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.180 (1 game)12,000
3Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.190 (1 game)8,000
4Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.452 (2 games)6,000
5Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.185 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Taylor defeated Benoit, 206-185; Williams defeated Taylor, 259-246; Williams defeated Voss, 228-190; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Sliker, 229-180.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla. 9143 217.7 14-9-1 435 9578 
2Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 8889 211.6 17-7-0 540 9399 
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8948 213.0 15-9-0 450 9398 
4Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif. 8900 211.9 15-9-0 450 9350 
5Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 8774 208.9 17-7-0 540 9284 
6Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8865 211.1 13-11-0 390 9255 $4,000
7Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8815 209.9 14-10-0 420 9235 3,600
8Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 8844 210.6 13-11-0 390 9234 3,300
9Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 8894 211.8 11-13-0 330 9224 3,000
10Mike Faliero, Buffalo, N.Y. 8858 210.9 11-13-0 330 9188 2,800
11Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8733 207.9 15-9-0 450 9183 2,600
12Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N. H. 8807 209.7 11-13-0 330 9137 2,400
13Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill. 8694 207.0 12-12-0 360 9054 2,250
 Andrew Neuer, Milton, Pa. 8724 207.7 11-13-0 330 9054 2,250
15Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 8582 204.3 14-10-0 420 9002 2,100
16Todd Thompson, Reno, Nev. 8684 206.8 9-14-1 285 8969 2,000
17Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 8693 207.0 9-15-0 270 8963 1,900
18Magic Gray, Morningside, Md. 8671 206.5 9-15-0 270 8941 1,800
@19James Johnson, Wilmington, Del. 8538 203.3 12-12-0 360 8898 1,700
20Chris Warren, Dallas 8527 203.0 11-13-0 330 8857 1,600
21Frank Edwards, Moscow, Pa. 8522 202.9 11-13-0 330 8852 1,550
22Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla. 8535 203.2 8-i6-0 240 8775 1,500
23Chuck. Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz. 8301 197.6 9-15-0 270 8571 1,450
24Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 8295 197.5 6-18-0 180 8475 1,400

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.$1,380
26Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.1,240
27Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,220
28Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,210
29Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,200
30Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill.1,190
31James A. Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.1,175
 Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,175
33David White, Oklahoma City, Okla.1,160
34Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.1,150
35Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.1,135
 Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,135
37Julian Herradon Jr., Miami, Fla.1,120
38Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio1,110
39Bryan Alpert, Las Vegas, Nev.1,100
40Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md.1,090
41Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla.1,080
42Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,065
 Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.1,065
44Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.1,050
45Todd Koller, El Cajon, Calif.1,040
46Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y.1,025
 Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich.1,025
48James Figari, Lancaster, Pa.1,005
 Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.1,005
50Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.985
 George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.985
52Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C.970
53Michael Byers, Akron, Ohio960

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Gil Sliker, 3949. 24th place - James Johnson, 3701. 53rd place Michael Byers, 3626. @ - Non-PBA member. PRO-AM CASHERS - Mats Karlsson, Jeff Miller, Steve Lickliter, James A. Miller, Steve Wunderlich and Corey Groth ($50 each).