Firestone Tournament Of Champions



$250,000 FIRESTONE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Apr 18-22, 1989

Ballard Collects Firestone

Rolling strikes in eight of his first nine shots, Del Ballard Jr. of Richardson, Texas, knocked off Walter Ray Williams Jr., 254-218, to capture the 25th annual Firestone of Champions.

Ballard collected $50,000, his second jewel in bowling's "Triple Crown" and his third PBA title of the year, after topping the elite 52-man field.

Starting the championship with five strikes, Ballard never let Williams in the match and sailed to his fifth PBA crown.

"I feel like the champion of champions because the Firestone is the greatest tournament we have," Ballard said.

Although Ballard averaged 245 for his two games on the ABC-TV national telecast, he had trouble striking during practice.

"I didn't really have a great shot in practice, but I got lined up against Mike (Aulby) and stayed with it," Ballard said.

Indianapolis' Aulby, the Tour's leading money winner then with $194,055, fell to Ballard, 236-223, in the semifinal match and earned $20,000.

W. Williams, who was consoled with the $28,000 runnerup money, admitted Ballard's ability to strike in the semifinal game against Aulby affected his mental game.

"I didn't feel like I bowled a very good game. I think I let Del's (ball) reaction influence me too much. There's no reason why I couldn't hit the pocket every shot, but I'm not sure I could have kept up with Del," the Stockton, Calif., native said.

Aulby advanced to a semifinal berth by eliminating defending champion Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, 213-190. M. Williams, who also won here in 1985, finished in fourth place and earned $15,000.

M. Williams opened the stepladder finals by outscoring a hapless Dave Husted of Milwaukie, Ore., 189-154, in front of a capacity crowd at host Riviera Lanes. Husted, whose six PBA victories include a U.S. Open, received $10,000.

Ten of the past 17 Firestone champions competed in the tournament and Firestone Tire & Rubber Company invited the seven non-participants - Billy Hardwick, Wayne Zahn, Mike Berlin, Dave Davis, Don Johnson, Jim Godman and Earl Anthony - to the Silver Anniversary tournament.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas490 (2 games)$50,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.218 (1 game)28,000
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis436 (2 games)20,000
4Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas379 (2 games)15,000
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.154 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - M. Williams defeated Husted, 189-154; Aulby defeated M. Williams, 213-190; Ballard defeated Aulby, 236-223; and in the championship game, Ballard defeated Williams Jr., 254-218.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 10267 213.9 16-8-0 480 10747 
2Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 10129 211.0 15-9-0 450 10579 
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10121 210.9 15-9-0 450 10571 
4Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 10109 210.6 14-10-0 420 10529 
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 10044 209.3 13-11-0 390 10434 
6Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass. 9981 207.9 14-10-0 420 10401 $8,500
7Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9948 207.3 15-9-0 450 10398 7,300
8Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 10005 208.4 13-11-0 390 10395 6,300
9Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9985 208.0 13-11-0 390 10375 5,500
10Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 9973 207.8 12-12-0 360 10333 5,000
11David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9919 206.6 13-11-0 390 10309 4,500
12Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 9854 205.3 11-13-0 330 10184 4,000
13Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9873 205.7 10-14-0 300 10173 3,500
14Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J. 9836 204.9 11-13-0 330 10166 3,200
15Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 9824 204.7 11-13-0 330 10154 3,000
16George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9729 202.7 13-11-0 390 10119 2,800
17Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9751 203.1 11-13-0 330 10081 2,650
 Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 9751 203.1 11-13-0 330 10081 2,650
19Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla. 9726 202.6 11-13-0 330 10056 2,500
20Ron Williams, Cahokia, III. 9802 204.2 8-16-0 240 10042 2,400
21Jim Stefanich, Joliet, III. 9711 202.3 11-13-0 330 10041 2,300
22Brian Voss, Seattle, Wash. 9671 201.5 11-13-0 330 10001 2,200
23Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif. 9694 202.0 9-15-0 270 9964 2,150
24Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 9477 197.4 7-17-0 210 96872100 

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela$1,930
26Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,900
*27Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.2,020
28Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,900
29Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.1,850
30Pete McCordic, Houston1,850
31Dale Eagle, Evansville, Ind.1,850
 Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich.1,850
33Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.1,800
34Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.1,800
35Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.1,800
36Palmer Fallgren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,800
37Bryan Alpert, Las Vegas, Nev.1,750
38Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio1,750
39Bruce Carter, Las Vegas, Nev.1,750
40Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,750
41Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,700
42Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,700
43Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.1,700
44Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.1,700
45Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,650
46Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.1,650
47Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,650
48Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla.1,650
49Dick Weber, St. Louis1,600
50Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,600
51Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,600
52Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich.1,600

*- Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader - Mark Williams, 5372. 24th place - Johnny Petraglia, 4938. 52nd place - Bob Chamberlain, 4609. PRO-AM CASHERS - Amleto Monacelli, Charlie Tapp, Randy Pedersen, Wayne Webb, Jeff Bellinger, Ron Palombi ($50 each). SQUAD PRIZES - High Block: Jimmie Pritts Jr.-1795; Mark Williams-1856; Mark Williams-1916; Mike Aulby-1826; Dave Husted-1782; Walter Ray Williams Jr.-1764 ($500 each). High Games: Don Genalo-299; Marshall Holman-289; David Ozio-279; Hugh Miller-278; Dave Husted and Butch Soper-278; and Jimmie Pritts Jr.-268 ($250 each). Since there was not a 300 game bowled, Hugh Miller, Dave Husted and Butch Soper received $167 each for rolling the high game of match play.