Tums Classic



$160,000 TUMS CLASSIC
Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn., Apr 13-18, 1992

Tums + Keeth = Firestone Berth

Jimmy Keeth overcame the anxiety of a career, which had yet to blossom with his first PBA title earned in the $160,000 Tums Classic at Bradley Bowl. Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla., advanced from the third-seeded position and defeated leading qualifier Walter Ray Williams Jr., 234-217, for the $31,000 first prize and an Invitation to the Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Both Keeth and Williams began the championship game with strikes and spares, and Williams, the 1986 PBA Player of the Year, struck again in his third frame to take an early lead. Keeth's lethal strike ball then accounted for a five-bagger and he mounted a 29-pin lead by the eighth frame. Williams, Stockton, Calif., missed the pocket just once in his game, but failed to carry five single-pin leaves and his striking out in the 10th frame proved meaningless. He collected $16,000 as runnerup for the eighth consecutive time as the tournament's leader prior to the televised championship round.

Keeth began the day against Bob Benoit, who opened the ABC Sports' telecast with a 207-203 win against Bob Vespi of Plantation, Fla., whose winless streak on TV continued at 0-4. Keeth topped Benoit, Topeka, Kan., 212-190, and then overwhelmed the Tour's hottest player, Dave Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., 267-208, with Ferraro making his seventh appearance among the final five in '92.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jimmy Keeth, West Palm Beach, Fla.713 (3 games)$31,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.217 (1 game)16,000
3Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.208 (1 game)9,000
4Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.397 (2 games)7,000
5Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla.203 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Benoit defeated Vespi, 207-203; Keeth defeated Benoit, 212-190; Keeth defeated Ferraro, 267-208; and in the championship game, Keeth defeated Williams, 234-217.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 10188 242.6 18-6-0 540 10728 
2Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9805 233.5 17-7-0 510 10315 
3Jimmy Keeth, West Palm Beach, Fla. 9814 233.7 14-10-0 420 10234 
4Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla. 9639 229.5 18-6-0 540 10179 
5Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 9716 231.3 13-10-1 405 10121 
#6Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 9670 230.2 14-9-1 435 10105 $5,000
7Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind. 9740 231.9 12-12-0 360 10100 4,000
8David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9624 229.1 15-8-1 465 10089 3,500
9Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9663 230.1 12-11-1 375 10038 3,000
10David Traber, Woodstock, Ill. 9688 230.7 11-13-0 330 10018 2,800
#11Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 9611 228.8 13-11-0 390 10001 2,650
12Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 9588 228.3 13-11-0 390 9978 2,500
13Steve Wishner, Port Chester, N.Y. 9659 230.0 9-14-1 285 9944 2,400
14Jim Johnson, Wilmington, Del. 9540 227.1 13-11-0 390 9930 2,300
15Steve Wunderlich, St. Charles, Mo. 9570 227.9 10-13-1 315 9885 2,200
@16Brian Boghosian, Newington, Conn. 9539 227.1 11-12-1 345 9884 2,100
17Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9510 226.4 11-11-2 360 9870 2,000
#18Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 9525 226.8 11-13-0 330 9855 1,900
19Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9500 226.2 9-14-1 285 9785 1,800
20Purvis Granger, Columbus, Ohio 9533 227.0 8-16-0 240 9773 1,700
@21Marcel Lessard, Enfield, Conn. 9252 220.3 11-12-1 345 9597 1,650
22Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y. 9117 217.1 7-17-0 210 9327 1,600
23Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9006 214.4 8-16-0 240 9246 1,550
24Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8917 212.3 4-19-1 135 9052 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#25Brian McClure, Wichita Falls, Texas$1,320
26George Branham III, Indianapolis1,275
*Nelson Burton Jr.1,445
28Dennis Jacques, Monmouth, N.J.1,230
29Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif.1,205
 Billy Young, Edmond, Okla..1,205
@Tony Reynaud, Winsted, Conn.1,190
32Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas1,180
33Harry Sullins, Detroit1,170
34Bobby Fleetwood, Naugatuck, Conn.1,160
35Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.1,150
36Martin Letscher, Bel Air, Md.1,135
 Billy Orlikowski, Marne, Mich.1,135
38Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y.1,120
39Dave D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio1,110
40Mike Shady, Ripon, Wis.1,100
41Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla.1,090
42Bob Davidson, Seattle, Wash.1,080
43Ran Williams, Fort Worth, Texas1,070
44Tommy Delutz, Jamaica, N.Y.1,050
 Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, N.Y.1,050
 Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va.1,050
47Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, Mich.1,030
48Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan.1,020
49Jell Hickenbottom, Thousand Oaks, Calif.1,010
50Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan.1,000
51Fred Carroll Jr.990
52Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.980
53Brian Berg, Edmond, Okla.975

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4387. 24th place-Purvis Granger, 4056. 53rd place--Brian Berg, 3942. #-Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), Pete Couture, Mike Scroggins, Tony Westlake, Brian McClure, Jimmie Pritts Jr. and Hugh Miller rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Tim Weisbrod, Tracy Lamberth, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Rd Steelsmith, Ryan Shafer, Nelson Burton Jr., Bob Handley, Ron Williams, Mark Turney Harry Sullins and David Ozio ($50 each). @-non-PBA member.