A & W Fair Lanes Open
$150,000 A & W FAIR LANES OPEN
Fair Lanes Squaw Peak, Phoenix, Ariz., May 16-20, 1989
Sullins Floats In A & W Fair Lanes
It took him extra frames to accomplish it, but Harry Sullins came away with his third PBA title in the $150,000 A & W Fair Lanes Open at host Fair Lanes Squaw Peak. Leading qualifier Sullins, Sterling Hts, Mich., outscored Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clam, Calif., 40-26, in a two-frame roll-off for the championship after the two had tied with 189 in regulation. "This will make a good down payment on a new house," Sullins said of the $27,000 first prize received for his first victory since 1987.
Both finalists appeared tentative after opening strikes. Horan opened in the second frame (as he did In all three of his matches), failing to convert the 6-7-10 split. Sullins spared and Horan matched him, then opened again in the fifth to tall behind by 25 pins. Horan was next to double and Sullins spared through the ninth, when he opened after leaving the 2-4-10. Sullins had the opportunity to clinch in regulation with a strike on his first 10th frame shot but left a single pin to force the overtime.
Both players spared to open the roll-off and when Sullins struck and spared he forced Horan to strike. The back-to-back PBA Western Region Bowler of the Year (1986 & '87), who was making his second championship round appearance, then left a single pin to bow. Horn said, "I felt second life just getting to the roll-off, but the ball never came off my hand right." Sullins added, "I only missed four spares during the tournament and that was a key. This win was a turnaround for the whole year for me," he said of re-qualifying him for next year's Firestone Tournament of Champions.
PLAYOFF RESULTS - Weber defeated Holman, 215-134; Horan defeated Weber, 248-214; Horan defeated Westlake, 210-195; and in the championship game, Sullins defeated Horan in a two-frame roll-off, 40-26, after they tied at 189. 42-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Marshall Holman, 4124. 24th place - Rod Pasteur, 3841. 53rd place - Jess Stayrook, 3722. # - Marshall Holman rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Chris Warren, Bob Benoit, Dave Ferraro, Ron Bell, Mike Aulby and Steve Cook ($50 each).
*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Marshall Holman, 4124. 24th place - Rod Pasteur, 3841. 53rd place - Jess Stayrook, 3722. # - Marshall Holman rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Chris Warren, Bob Benoit, Dave Ferraro, Ron Bell, Mike Aulby and Steve Cook ($50 each).