Tournament Of Champions



$300,000 TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Apr 20-24, 1993

George Branham III Wins T Of C

It was a day of firsts...and lasts. George Branham III captured his first "major" victory at the 29th annual $300,000 Tournament of Champions, which also was announced as the final PBA event sponsorship for Firestone. Earlier in the day, Akron-based General Tire, Ins., announced it had committed toward a threeyear entitlement sponsorship of the Tournament of Champions from 1994-96, which will begin a new era for PBA.

Leading qualifier Branham, Indianapolis, also is the first black player to win PBA's most prestigious tournament, and defeated third-seeded Parker Bohn III, 227-214, for the $60,000 first prize and five-year exemption into the General Tire Tournament of Champions. Immediately afterward, Branham stopped Del Ballard Jr., 244-226, to claim the "King of the Hill" crown and its $5,000 winner-take-all stakes.

Both finalists started the championship game with spare-strike, and Bohn led by 19 pins after three frames, at which point Branham unleashed a four-beggar. Bohn opened in the eight frame and struck in the key ninth frame, which allowed him the opportunity to strike in the 10th for the win. However, he left the 6-pin on his first ball and had to settle for the $33,000 runnerup check.

In the first game of the Winter Tour-concluding championship finals televised by ABC Sports, Bohn overwhelmed Dave Husted of Milwaukie, Ore., 266-183, in a battle between the Tour's multiple Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners (Bohn from 1990-92 and Husted in 198889). Bohn, Freehold, N.J., then rolled past reigning PBA Player of the Year and 1990 champ Dave Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., 258-209, before meeting Branham for the title.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1George Branham III, Indianapolis227 (1 game)$60,000
2Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ728 (3 games)33,000
3Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY209 (1 game)24,000
4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR183 (1 game)18,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS -Bohn III defeated Husted 266-183; Bohn III defeated Ferraro, 258-209; and in the championship game, Branham III defeated Bohn I I I, 227-214. KING OF THE HILL- Branham III defeated Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX, for $5,000.

48 GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1George Branham III, Indianapolis 10861 226.3 17-7-0 510 11371 
#2Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY 10771 224.4 13-10-1 405 11176 
3Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ 10519 219.2 20-4-0 600 11119 
4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 10540 219.6 18-6-0 540 11080 
5Tom Crites, Tampa, FL 10636 221.6 13-9-2 420 11056 $12,000
6Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 10636 221.6 11-13-0 330 10966 10,500
7Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 10565 220.1 13-11-0 390 10955 9,000
8Tony Westlake, Edmond, OK 10570 220.2 12-11-1 375 10945 8,000
9Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 10594 220.7 10-13-1 315 10909 7,300
10Mike Shady, Ripon, WI 10517 219.1 11-12-1 345 10862 6,500
11Hugh Miller, Seattle 10492 218.6 12-12-0 360 10852 6,000
12Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK 10521 219.2 10-12-2 330 10851 5,500
13Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 10502 218.8 11-13-0 330 10832 5,000
14Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 10515 219.1 10-13-1 315 10830 4,500
15Jason Couch, Winter Garden, FL 10514 219.0 10-14-0 300 10814 4,000
16Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 10401 216.7 12-12-0 360 10761 3,600
17Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 10397 216.6 11-13-0 330 10727 3,200
18Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL 10384 216.3 11-13-0 330 10714 3,000
19Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 10341 215.4 12-12-0 360 10701 2,800
20Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 10328 215.2 8-15-1 255 10583 2,700
21Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10309 214.8 8-16-0 240 10549 2,600
22John Mazza, Mount Clemens, MI 10306 214.7 8-16-0 240 10546 2,500
23Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 10197 212.4 11-13-0 330 10527 2,450
24Duane Fisher, Gloucester Twp., NJ 10152 211.5 11-13-0 330 10482 2,400

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX$2,300
26Marshall Homan, Medford, OR2,150
 Mark William, Beaumont, TX2,150
28Bean Voss, Boca Raton, FL2,150
29Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela2,100
30Scott Devers, Richmond, IN2,100
31Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH2,100
32Marts Ruth, Spring Lake Hts., NJ2,100
33Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ2,050
34Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA2,050
35Marc McDowell, Madison, WI2,100
36Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX2,050
37Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL2,000
38Gene Stus, Allen Park, MI2,000
39Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA2,000
40Eric Adolphson, Walnut Creek, CA2,000
41Chris Warren, Dallas, TX2,000
42Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,950
43Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM1,950
44David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,950
45Jeff Lizz, Sandusky, OH1,900
46Steve Cools Roseville, CA1,900
47Martin Letscher, Bet Air, MD1,900
48Wayne Webb, Beaumont TX1,900
49Harry Sullies, Detroit1,650
50Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., OH1,950
51Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,850
52Danny Wiseman, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,850

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-George Branham III, 5411. 24th place-Justin Hromek, 5112. 53rd place- Danny W iceman, 4516. High Game ($250 per block) - Eric Adolphson, George Branham III, Tom Baker, Dave Ferraro, Tom Crites, and (tie) Mike Aulby and Tom Crites; High Block ($500 per block) - Doug Kent, George Branham III, Dave Ferraro, Parker Bohn III, George Branham III and Tom Crites. N--George Branham III received $600 for bowling the first 300 of the tournament. Dave Ferraro rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-Marc McDowell, Dave Arnold (2), Ron Williams, Pete Weber, Tony Westlake (2), Walter Ray William Jr. (2), and Chris Warren ($50 each).