Miller Lite Challenge



$140,000 MILLER LITE CHALLENGE
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz., Jul 1-6, 1988

McCordic Makes Up For Lost Time

After bowling 15 years without a Professional Bowlers Association championship, Pete McCordic earned his second title in five tournaments by coming from fourth place to win the $140,000 Miller Lite Challenge.

McCordic, Houston, routed top-seeded Walter Ray Williams Jr., 236-180, for the $23,000 top prize at Golden Pin Lanes on the heels of his first victory in the Fresno Open on the Spring Tour.

The 35-year-old McCordic practically owned the right lane of the championship round pair, where he fired strikes on 22 of 24 shots, including a clinching strike in a first game roll-off against Kent Wagner after the two had tied at 210.

Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli was the next to fall, succumbing, 268-194, and second-seeded southpaw Joe Salvemini fared no better, bowing to McCordic by a score of 247-201.

McCordic took an early lead in the title match while sitting on the bench as Williams left a 4-6-7 split in the second frame. McCordic put together strikes in the third and fourth frames and posted four more strikes in succession beginning in frame six. Williams, who could not double until the 10th frame, picked up $12,000 for the runnerup finish.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete McCordic, Houston961 (4 games)$23,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.180 (1 game)12,000
3Joe Salvemini, Colo. Springs, Colo.201 (1 game)7,500
4Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela194 (1 game)6,000
5Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.210 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - McCordic defeated Wagner, 50-38, in a two-frame roll-off after a 210 tie; McCordic defeated Monacelli, 268-194; McCordic defeated Salvemini, 247-201; and in the championship game, McCordic defeated Williams, 236-180.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9523 226.7 14-10-0 420 9943 
2Joe Salvemini, Colo. Springs, Colo. 9436 224.6 13-11-0 390 9826 
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9347 222.6 14-10-0 420 9767 
4Pete McCordic, Houston 9367 223.0 13-11-0 390 9757 
5Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 9260 220.5 16-7-1 495 9755 
6Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 9297 221.3 12-12-0 360 9657 $4,000
7Troy Kendrick, Garden Grove, Calif. 9232 219.8 14-10-0 420 9652 3,600
8Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9212 219.3 13-11-0 390 9602 3,300
9Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9236 219.7 11-12-1 345 9581 3,000
10Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 9069 215.9 16-8-0 480 9549 2,800
11Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla. 9211 219.3 11-13-0 330 9541 2,600
12Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif. 9239 219.9 10-14-0 300 9539 2,400
13Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 9261 220.5 8-14-2 270 9531 2,300
14Corey Groth, La Verne, Calif. 9048 215.4 16-8-0 480 9528 2,200
15George Branham III, San Diego, Calif. 9158 218.1 11-12-1 345 9503 2,100
16Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 9051 215.5 13-11-0 390 9441 2,000
17Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 9092 216.5 11-13-0 330 9422 1,900
18Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 9086 216.3 11-13-0 330 9416 1,800
19Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 9083 216.3 11-13-0 330 9413 1,700
20Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9012 214.6 11-12-1 345 9357 1,600
21Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif. 9102 216.7 7-17-0 210 9312 1,500
22Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C. 9011 214.5 10-14-0 300 9311 1,450
23Matt Ballard, Phoenix, Ariz. 8886 211.6 11-13-0 330 9216 1,400
24Brad Roseling, Riverside, Calif. 8826 210.1 8-16-0 240 9066 1,350

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.$1,270
26Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis1,135
27Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.1,120
28Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,110
29Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H.1,100
30Tony Figuiera, Waianae, Hawaii1,090
31Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,080
32Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.1,070
33Alan Bishop, Louisville, Ky.1,060
34John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich.1,050
35Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,040
36Michael Byers, Akron, Ohio1,030
37Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,020
38Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,010
39Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas1,000
40Don Moser, Santa Clara, Calif.990
41James A. Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.980
42Paul Renteria. Tucson, Ariz.970
43Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.960
44Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.945
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.945
46Ricky Corona. Diamond Bar, Calif.930
47Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.920
48Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.910
49Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.900
50Mats Karlsson, Sweden890
51Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.880
52Michael Karch, Tacoma, Wash.870
53Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.860

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4101. 24th place - Corey Groth, 3884. 53rd place - Ryan Shafer, 3773. PRO-AM CASHERS - Don Moser, Corey Groth, Earl Ziemann, Guppy Troup, Mike Aulby and Randy Pedersen.