Touring Players Championship



$100,000 TOURING PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, IN, Oct 8-12, 1994

Williams Jr. Majors In TPC

Leading qualifier Walter Ray Williams Jr. broke through from the top-seeded position for the first time In 1994 in posting his 15th PBA title and first "major" in the Touring Players Championship at Woodland Bowl. Williams, Stockton, Calif., turned back fourth seeded Butch Soper of Lake Havasu City, Ariz-, 259-206, for the $16,000 first prize.

Williams alternated strikes and spares through his first four frames, then strung seven strikes to pull away and leave Soper with the $8,500 check as runnerup. Williams also earned a three-year exemption to the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions for this "major."

"I'm thrilled to have finally thrown great shots when I needed," Williams said. "This feels great because having had so many second-place finishes (five this year and 22 in his career) has been disheartening."

Soper said, "I was fortunate to win all the close matches. Once the oil carried down I probably needed to hook the ball more. I have 77 different shareholders who'll appreciate this week and I'll definitely settle for second every tournament. I hope to continue bowling well and look forward to the Senior Tour in four and one-half years."

The ESPN-televised championship round began with Soper defeating 1991 PBA Player of the Year David Ozio, Vidor, Texas, 234-213. Dave D'Entremont of Middleburg Hts., Ohio, was the next to fall, 226-191, and then Soper held off Jess Stayrook in the semifinal, 226-214. Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz., earned $6,000 for third place, D'Entremont took home $5,000 for fourth and Ozio $4,000.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA259 (1 game)$16,000
2Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ892 (4 games)8,500
3Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ214 (1 game)6,000
4Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH191 (1 game)5,000
5David Ozio, Vidor, TX213 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Soper defeated Ozio, 234-213; Soper defeated D'Entremont, 226-191; Soper defeated Stayrook, 226-214; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Soper, 259-206.

48 GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 10810 225.2 14-10-0 420 11230 
2Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 10551 219.8 17-7-0 510 11061 
3Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 10630 221.5 14-10-0 420 11050 
4Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 10594 220.7 13-11-0 390 10984 
#5David Ozio, Vidor, TX 10531 219.4 15-9-0 450 10981 
6Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 10532 219.4 13-11-0 390 10922 $3,500
7Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 10648 221.8 8-16-0 240 10888 3,000
8Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10443 217.6 14-9-1 435 10878 2,750
9Jeff Lizzi, Medford, NY 10396 216.6 15-8-1 465 10861 2,500
10Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL 10450 217.7 12-11-1 375 10825 2,400
11Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 10421 217.1 12-12-0 360 10781 2,300
12Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 10390 216.5 13-11-0 390 10780 2,200
13Andrew Neuer, Milton, PA 10456 217.8 10-13-1 315 10771 2,100
14Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 10411 216.9 11-12-1 345 10756 2,000
15Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY 10393 216.5 12-12-0 360 10753 1,900
16Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 10326 215.1 11-13-0 330 10656 1,800
17Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 10415 217.0 7-17-0 210 10625 1,650
 Danny Wiseman, Portland, OR 10265 213.9 12-12-0 360 10625 1,650
19Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, NC 10278 214.1 11-13-0 330 10608 1,500
#20Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 10108 210.6 14-10-0 420 10528 1,400
21Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 10218 212.4 9-15-0 270 10488 1,350
22Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 10141 211.3 10-14-0 300 10441 1,300
23Jeff Germann, Wheeling, WV 10047 209.3 10-13-1 315 10362 1,260
24Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9907 206.4 8-16-0 240 10147 1,220

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA$1,180
26Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,040
27Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,030
28Dennis Jacques, Grand Rapids, MI1,015
#Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA1,015
30Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL1,000

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Dave D'Entremont, 5493. 24th place-Tommy Delutz Jr., 5112. 30th place-Steve Jaros, 5091 #-Norm Duke, David Ozio and Ron Palombi Jr. rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Jimmy Johnson (2), Jess Stayrook (2), Ken Muscato, Mike Edwards, Marshall Holman (2), Norm Duke, Steve Jaros, Wayne Webb, Randy Bennett, Curtis Odom, Mike Shady, Ron Palombi Jr., Mark Turney, Dennis Jacques (3), Robert Lawrence, Steve Wilson, Dave Traber, Tim Criss, George Branham III, Harry Sullins, Bryan Goebel, Bob Spaulding, Mark Scroggins and Jeff Lizzi ($50 each; Holman receives $75 and Lizzi $25 as a result of a tie).