Merit Mixed Doubles Championship
$200,000 MERIT MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Reno Hilton Lanes, Reno, NV, Dec 8-11, 1994
Aleta Sill/Bryan Goebel Win Merit Mixed Doubles
Aleta Sill and Bryan Goebel paired to win their fourth titles of the year with a dramatic final game in the $200,000 Merit Mixed Doubles Championship at Reno Hilton Lanes. Sill, Dearborn, Mich., established a single season earnings record of $126,325 on the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and notched her 23rd LPBT title, while Goebel, Merriam, Kan., collected his sixth PBA title and split the $40,000 first prize with his partner, who successfully defended this crown.
LPBT rookie sensation Tammy Turner of W. Palm Beach, Fla., and non-winner Bob Spaulding of Mechanicsburg, Pa., held a 46-pin lead entering the 32nd and final game, but dropped that decision, 458-432 (Turner-226, Spaulding-206, vs. Sill-221 and Goebel-236), to earn the 30-pin team match play bonus which put them on top.
Goebel said, "We both were bowling really well, buy I'm just glad the tournament's over. Aleta had huge scores bowled against her and nobody wants to bowl badly for their partner's sake, so I really credit her for hanging in there. To be honest, l think Norm Duke is a lock for IOF/PBA Player of the Year-in fact, he's got my vote."
This year-ending national tournament for both pro tours began with the annual Merit Bowling Pro-Am, in which amateur league bowlers earned expense-paid trips to the Reno Hilton through Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) center qualifying events. Marilyn Gregoire of Chalmette, La., and Jack Chick of Stillwater, Okla., were the respective women's and men's Pro-Am winners, pocketing the $10,000 winners' checks from Merit.
32 GAME TOTALS
PRO-AM CASHERS-Dave Arnold ($500), Walter Ray Williams Jr. ($400), Amleto Monacelli ($350), Bob Loam Jr., ($300), Eric Forkel ($250), Justin Hromek, Norm Duke, Steve Hoskins, Doug Kent, Dave D'Entremont, Don Moser, Joe Firpo Pete Weber, Bryan Goebel Mike Miller David Traber, Randy Pedersen and Bob Spaulding ($200 each), Brian Voss, Eugene McCune, Parker Bohn III, Mark Williams, Kelly Coffman and Dave Husted ($100 each). #-Amleto Monacelli, Kelly Coffman, Bob Learn Jr. (2), Justin Hromek (3) and Mike Miller rolled 300 games ($100 each). PBA Players' Averages: Goebel 230.1; Spaulding 226.7; Husted 222.7; Duke 224.4; D'Entremont 229.4; Hromek 223.1; Voss 215.9; Coffman 215.7; Arnold 225.2; Loam 221.2; Weber 211; Williams Jr. 218.8; Miller 215.1; Traber 207.6; Firpo 207.8; Pedersen 218.3; McCune 213.7; Moser 211.3; Hoskins 218.4; M. Williams 218.8; Forkel 214.6; Bohn 196.5; Monacelli 210.1; Kent 203.9.