King Louie Open



$150,000 KING LOUIE OPEN
King Louie West Lanes, Overland Park, Kan., Mar 20-25, 1989

Super Soper Ends 5-Year Drought

Butch Soper even made a believer of himself with his first PBA title in more than five years with his 218-174 conquest of Hugh Miller In the $150,000 King Louie Open at King Louie West Lanes. The 17-year tour veteran pocketed the $7,000 first prize for his third PBA championship and first since claiming the second tournament on the 1984 schedule (AC-Delco Classic at Alameda, Calif.).

Asked whether he thought he might ever win on the Tour, Soper, of Tustin, Calif., paused for a second and replied, "Why not? The last time I qualified for the telecast my son Jonden was born 10 minutes after I'd lost my first game. So why wouldn't good things also happen with this appearance?Miller, Everett, Wash., stayed close throughout the championship game and trailed by 11 pins after five frames before chopping the 2-4-7 in his sixth. Soper came back with a double while Miller struck and missed a seven- pin to seal his defeat.

In the opening game, Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind., ran his career championship round record to 5-0 by edging 1986 PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., 235-234. O'Drobinak's momentum carried over against Dallas' Chris Warren, 202-184, before his good fortune was terminated by Miller.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.216 (1 game)$27,000
2Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.433 (2 games)14,000
3Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind.670 (3 games)8,500
4Chris Warren, Dallas184 (1 game)6,500
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.234 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - O'Drobinak defeated Williams, 235-234; O'Drobinak defeated Warren, 202-184 Miller defeated O'Drobinak, 259-233; and in the championship game, Soper defeated Miller, 216-174.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif. 9145 217.7 15-9-0 450 9595 
2Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9067 215.9 15-9-0 450 9517 
3Chris Warren, Dallas 8964 213.4 15-9-0 450 9414 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 8948 213.0 14-10-0 420 9368 
5Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind. 8919 212.4 14-10-0 420 9339 
6Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8819 210.0 15-9-0 450 9269 $4,700
7Brad Snell, Des Plaines, Ill. 8852 210.8 12-11-1 375 9227 4,100
8Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8797 209.5 14-10-0 420 9217 3,600
9James A. Miller, Tempe, Ariz. 8776 209.0 13-11-0 390 9166 3,300
10Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo. 8750 208.3 13-11-0 390 9140 3,000
11Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8771 208.8 12-12-0 360 9131 2,900
#12Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C. 8754 208.4 11-12-1 345 9099 2,800
13Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 8732 207.9 11-13-0 330 9062 2,700
14Earl Ziemann, Garden Grove, Calif. 8699 207.1 12-12-0 360 9059 2,600
15Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas 8708 207.3 11-12-1 345 9053 2,500
16Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 8778 209.0 9-15-0 270 9048 2,400
17Todd Thompson, Reno, Nev. 8668 206.4 12-11-1 375 9043 2,300
18Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 8603 204.8 12-12-0 360 8963 2,200
19Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 8657 206.1 10-14-0 300 8957 2,100
20Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 8718 207.6 7-17-0 210 8928 2,000
21Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 8577 204.2 9-15-0 270 8847 1,900
22Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 8474 201.8 12-12-0 360 8834 1,750
 Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 8564 203.9 9-15-0 270 8834 1,750
24Doug Johnson, Willard, Ohio 8398 200.0 9-15-0 270 8668 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis.$1,580
26Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,420
27Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,400
28Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,390
29Pete McCordic, Houston1,380
30Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.1,370
31Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H.1,360
32David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,350
33Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,340
34Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla.1,330
35Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla.1,320
36Dale Eagle, Evansville, Ind.1,305
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,305
38Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.1,285
#Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,285
40Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,270
41Eddy Kelley, Amarillo, Texas1,260
42Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,250

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Jon O'Drobinak, 3962. 24th place - Chris Warren, 3783 42nd place - Del Warren, 3684. # - Randy Pedersen and Curtis Odom rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Bob Handley, Mats Karlsson, Jess Stayrook, Tom Adcock, Guppy Troup and Charlie Tapp ($50 each).