Wichita Open



$130,000 WICHITA OPEN
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Jul 7-11, 1992

Mike Miller's Comeback Complete With Wichita Win

Mike Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., allowed the PBA Tour's hottest bowler, Ron Williams, an opportunity to clinch the $130,000 Wichita Open title in the 10th frame, but Miller survived to grab his second PBA championship at Northrock Lanes. Miller, who is unique in his "no thumb" delivery style, earned the $20,000 first prize with his 202-198 win and returned from 18 months of frustrating Injuries which kept him off the Tour.

Williams, Fort Worth, Texas, was making his third consecutive appearance in the championship round, and for a second week had to settle with runnerup earnings ($10,500). He needed to fill 17 pins in the final frame for his third PBA title, but left the 2-4-5-7 combination on his first ball. Miller could have made Williams' 10th frame outcome moot by totaling 19 pins in his own final frame, but left the 3-9-10 on his first shot and failed to convert.

Williams earned his berth in the championship game following several bad breaks in the semifinal game for Amleto Monacelli, who left a pocket 7-10 split (his second of the game, which also included a solid 8-pin leave), to cost him a crack at a third Wichita Open crown, 191-182. Monacelli, the 1989-90 PBA Player of the Year from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, now has two third-place finishes plus his two titles in PBA's four visits to Northrock Lanes.

The ABC Sports-televised finals began with Williams getting the better of Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 196-189. Husted had rallied from 76 behind 1988 PBA Player of the Year Brian Voss in the previous night's position round to secure the fifth-seeded position. Williams the defeated another hot player on tour, Norm Duke of Oklahoma City, Okla., 245-232. Duke was making his third appearance among the final five in his last four tournaments. Monacelli earned $7,000 for third place, Duke collected $5,500 for fourth and Husted $4,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.202 (1 game)$20,000
2Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas830 (4 games)10,500
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela182 (1 game)7,000
4Norm Duke, Oklahoma City, Okla.232 (1 game)5,500
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.189 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Williams defeated Husted, 196-189; Williams defeated Duke, 245-232; Williams defeated Monacelli, 191-182; and in the championship game, Miller defeated Williams, 202-198.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 9405 223.9 17-7-0 510 9915 
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9375 223.2 15-9-0 450 9825 
3Norm Duke, Oklahoma City, Okla. 9185 218.7 16-8-0 480 9665 
4Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas 9168 218.3 16-8-0 480 9648 
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9134 217.5 14-10-0 420 9554 
6Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 9155 218.0 13-11-0 390 9545 $4,000
7Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 9103 216.7 12-12-0 360 9463 3,600
8Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9048 215.4 11-13-0 330 9378 3,300
#9Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb. 9013 214.6 12-12-0 360 9373 3,000
10Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 8985 213.9 12-11-1 375 9360 2,800
11Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 8910 212.1 14-10-0 420 9330 2,600
12Ron Neuenschwander, Sauk Rapids, Minn. 8979 213.8 10-12-2 330 9309 2,400
13Peter Knopp, Frankfurt, Germany 9007 214.5 9-15-0 270 9277 2,200
14Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 8946 213.0 11-13-0 330 9276 2,100
15Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md. 8906 212.1 12-12-0 360 9266 2,000
16Larry Stephens, Los Angeles 8916 212.3 11-12-1 345 9261 1,900
17Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio 8899 211.9 10-13-1 315 9214 1,800
18Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y. 8846 210.6 11-12-1 345 9191 1,700
19Mike Shady, Ripon, Wis. 8845 210.6 11-13-0 330 9175 1,600
20Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 8874 211.3 9-15-0 270 9144 1,500
21Jeff Hickenbottom, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 8827 210.2 9-13-2 300 9127 1,400
22Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, Texas 8732 207.9 11-13-0 330 9062 1,350
23Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, N.Y. 8662 206.2 10-13-1 315 8977 1,300
24George Branham III, Indianapolis 8728 207.8 7-16-1 225 8953 1,260

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Eric Adolphson, Danville, Calif.$1,230
26Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., Ohio1,080
27Dave D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio1,050
28Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.1,030
29Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz.1,000
 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.1,000
31Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.980
32Harry Sullins, Detroit970
33Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.960
34Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas950
35Pat Brannen, Elizabeth, N.J.940
36Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.930
37Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas915
 Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich.915
39Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.900
40Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, N.Y.885
 Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla.885
42Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.870
43Mark Fahy, Chicago855
#Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.855
45Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.840
46Bob Powell, Belleville, Ill.830
47Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.820
48Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.805
 Paul Lawrence, Corona, Calif.805
50Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.790
51Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.775
 Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla.775
53Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan.380
 Jared Hilliker, Lakewood, Calif.380

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Norm Duke, 4013. 24th place-Mike Shady, 3820; 53rd place-Robert Glass and Jared Hilliker, 3712. #-Kevin McGerr and Eugene McCune rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Mike Miller, Bob Handley, Tom Crites, Bryan Bailey, Chris Warren, Bob Vespi, Walter Stiles and Rick Steelsmith ($50 each).