Showboat Invitational



$175,000 SHOWBOAT INVITATIONAL
Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan 12-18, 1992

Sullins Sails To Showboat Title

"The Legend" continues to grow, as Harry Sullins collected his fourth PBA crown in the $175,000 Showboat Invitational at Showboat Bowling Center. Sullins, Detroit, upset leading qualifier Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla., 175-150, for the $35,000 first prize, largest of his career.

Both finalists in the championship match opened with doubles and Sullins doubled again (never to strike again in the game) in his fourth and fifth frames. Meanwhile, Vespi, the third-place finisher among the 1991 PBA Rookie of the Year candidates, was accumulating bizarre split leaves (four total), yet was never completely out of contention for the title until the final two frames.

The ABC Sports championship round began with non-winner Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas, turning back fourth-seeded Chris Warren of Dallas, 204-168. Ringener continued against another non-winner, Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md., 206-157, before running into Sullins, who stopped his momentum, 193-170.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Harry Sullins, Detroit368 (2 games)$35,000
2Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla.150 (1 game)18,000
3Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas580 (3 games)10,000
4Mark Bowers, Aderdeen, Md.157 (1 game)8,000
5Chris Warren, Dallas168 (1 game)6,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Ringener defeated Warren, 204-168; Ringener defeated Bowers, 206-157; Sullins defeated Ringener, 193-170; and in the championship game, Sullins defeated Vespi, 175-150.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla. 12523 223.6 14-10-0 420 12943 
2Harry Sullins, Detroit 12507 223.3 13-10-1 405 12912 
3Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md. 12297 219.6 18-6-0 540 12837 
4Chris Warren, Dallas 12295 219.6 17-7-0 510 12805 
5Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 12245 218.7 16-8-0 480 12725 
#6Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas 12421 221.8 10-14-0 300 12721 $5,500
7Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan. 12181 217.5 15-9-0 450 12631 4,500
8Joe Merrill, Lancaster, Calif. 12243 218.6 11-13-0 330 12573 4,000
9Brian McClure, Wichita Falls, Texas 12133 216.3 12-12-0 360 12473 3,500
10David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 12097 216.0 12-12-0 360 12457 3,000
11Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind. 11974 213.8 15-9-0 450 12424 2,800
12Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 12004 214.4 13-11-0 390 12394 2,700
#13Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 11987 214.1 13-11-0 390 12377 2,600
14Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 11997 214.2 12-12-0 360 12357 2,500
15Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 11995 214.2 12-12-0 360 12355 2,400
16Greg Thomas, Old Town, Idaho 12010 214.5 10-14-0 300 12310 2,300
17Jim Tilton, Palmdale, Calif. 11948 213.4 12-12-0 360 12308 2,200
18Don Moser, Wichita, Kan. 11971 213.8 9-14-1 285 12256 2,100
19Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 11883 212.2 9-15-0 270 12153 2,000
20George Branham III, Indianapolis 11756 209.9 12-11-1 375 12131 1,900
21Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb. 11817 211.0 8-15-1 255 12072 1,800
22Todd H. Thompson, Reno, Nev. 11671 208.4 12-12-0 360 12031 1,700
23Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 11794 210.6 7-17-0 210 12004 1,620
24Adam Colton, N. Lauderdale, Fla. 11859 211.8 4-20-0 120 11979 1,550

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Calif.$1,460
26Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,300
27Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,260
28Curtis Odom, Winston Salem, N.C.1,230
29Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan.1,210
30Justin Hromek, Andover. Kan.1,190
31Ted Glattke, Modesto, Calif.1,170
32Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, Calif.1,150
33Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas and Bill Young, Edmond, Okla.1,120
35Steve Wunderlich, St. Charles, Mo.1,090
36Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas1,070
37Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,060
38Dave Wodka, Las Vegas, Nev.1,050
39David D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio1,040
40Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md.1,030
41Billy Orlikowski, Marne, Mich.1,020
42Eric Adolphson, Danville, Calif.1,010
43Bruce Hamilton, Seattle, Wash. and Bob Spaulding, Harrisburg, Pa.995
45Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas980
46Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.970
47Scott Alexander, Gig Harbarbor, Wash.960
48Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.950
49Dan Natarelli, Mission Hills, Calif.940
50Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.930
51Phil Kapsimallis, Sepulveda, Calif.920
52Tom Stoner, Springfield, Mo.910
53Tim Scott, Mission Hills, Calif.900
54Jim Johnson, Wilmington, Del.890
55Jay Burgess, Houston, Texas880
56Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.870
57Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, Texas860
58Mike Aulby, Indianapolis850
59Dennis Rakauskas, Centerville, Va.840
60Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla.830
61Purvis Granger, Columbus, Ohio820
62Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.810
63Kirk Von Krueger, Lemoore, Calif.800
64Dave Bolles, Lodi, Calif.790
65Dennis Jacques, Monmouth, N.J.780
66Tony Rodriguez Jr., Bloomington, Calif.770
67Rick Talley, Fort Worth, Texas760
68Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.750

*-Match Play Alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Harry Sullins, 7218. 24th place-George Branham III, 6759. 68th place - Mike Miller, 5558. #-Robert Lawrence, Rick Steelsmith and Greg Kemp rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian LeClair, Mark Thayer, Danny Wiseman, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ron Palombi Jr., Bob Davidson, Mark Fisser, John Forst, Justin Hromek, Dave Wodka, Barry Zimmerman, Bob Powell, Rick Talley, Tom Crites, Bill Oakes, Rick Steelsmith, Eric Forkel, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Young Jr., Kelly Coffman, Rich Wolfe, Philip Ringener and Brian McClure ($50 each).