Merit Mixed Doubles Championship
$200,000 MERIT MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Hilton Lanes, Reno, NV., Dec 2-5, 1993
Bohn/Sill Capture Merit Mixed Doubles
The final outcome of the $200,000 Merit Mixed Doubles Championship surprised no one as Parker Bohn III and Aleta Sill extended their dominance of the three earlier rounds to earn the $40,000 first prize at Reno Hilton Lanes. For Bohn, it was his 10th PBA victory and Sill earned her 19th Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (LPBT) crown.
This season-ending invitational event paired the top 24 point qualifiers from the PBA Tour and LPBT for 32 games of mixed doubles competition. The left-handed pairing of 14th-place qualifiers Bohn and Sill took control early in the tournament and ended 310 pins ahead of runners-up David Ozio, Vidor, Texas, and Tish Johnson, Panorama City, Calif,, who shared a $22,000 second-place payday.
Bohn/Sill began 15-0 before dropping their first match to leading qualifiers and eventual fourth-place finishers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Kim Couture. It was a somewhat frustrating finish for Williams, who was seeking a record-tying eighth PBA title on the year and fell short in his pursuit of the PBA single season earnings record. Ironically, Williams faced P BA President Mike Aulby in the final game of the tournament, aand Aulby protected his $298,237 total set in 1989 for at least another year. Third-place finishers Aulby, Indianapolis, and partner Jill Albrecht of Burlington, Wis., earned $16,000. Williams, Stockton, Calif., and Couture, of Titusville, Fla., split $12,000 and Williams' yearly total ends at $294,370.
PRO-AM CASHERS- Eric Forkel ($500), Parker Bohn III ($400), Dave Arnold ($350), Pete Weber ($300), Brian Voss ($250), Randy Pedersen, Dave Ferraro, Mike Aulby, Bryan Goebel, Amleto Monacelli, David Traber, George Branham III, David Ozio, Bob Benoit, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Robert Lawrence, Del Ballard Jr. and Mark William ($200 each). Norm Duke, Kelly Coffman, Don Moser, Ron Williams, Dave D'Entremont and Bob Leam Jr. ($100 each). Dave Arnold rolled a 300 game ($100). PBA Players' Averages: Bohn 225.2; Ozio 212.7; Aulby 228.3; W.R. William 226.0; Monacelli 226.3; Weber 214.5; Forkel 226.8; Pedersen 217.8; Arnold 222.9; Branham 213.5; D'Entremont 212.6; Ferraro 217.8; Loam 215.3; Coffmn 206.8; Goebel 219.7; Duke 222.7; Voss 212.9; Benoit 203.1; M. William 205.4; Lawrence 210.9; Traber 202.1; Moser 203.7; R. William 212.1; Ballard 212.0.