Bud Light Championship
$200,000 BUD LIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sayville Bowl, Sayville, NY, Mar 14-18, 1995
Stayrook: "Yes I Am!" Bud Light Champion
Fueled by the contagious enthusiasm of 4,000-plus fans (as in fanatics) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook's Indoor Sports Complex, less Stayrook plowed past four opponents to earn his second title of the year at the $200,000 Bud Light Championship.
Fifth-seeded following the 42 games of qualifying and match play at Leisure Bowling Centers' host Sayville Bowl, Stayrook's consistency paid off. His 237-236 victory against leading qualifier Philip Ringener secured his fifth PBA title at the first of four "arena" final venues of the winter schedule.
Ringener, of Big Spring, Texas, unfortunately best known as the Tour's most prolific non-champion, opened the final game with five strikes to jump to a 20-pin lead. Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz., started a five-bagger of his own in the fourth frame while Ringener unbelievably missed single-pin spares in his sixth (4-pin) and seventh (8-pin) frames. Obviously shaken, Ringener spared the 2-4-5-8 in his eighth and then struck cut, which forced Stayrook's strike, spare finish for the victory. Ringener, now saddled with five second-place finishes, collected $19,000 as runnerup.
Stayrook said, "What an afternoon! I really feel bad for Philip-he bowled so well all week and then to have mishaps cost him...He gave me a pop in the 10th and I took advantage of it. I tried to save some energy for each game. You don't lead tournaments if you're a bad spare-shooter, so I was shocked when he missed those two."
In the first game of the ABC Sports-televised finals, Stayrook defeated Ken McNeely of Morgantown, W. Va., who was making his second consecutive appearance among the final five, 238-225. Bowling on the same Brunswick lane installation where he had captured last year's Great Lakes Classic at Grand Rapids, Mich., Dave Ferraro didn't fare as well on this day and bowed, 269-237. Stayrook next bombed defending Bud Light champion Andy Neuer of Milton, Pa., 235-170, to earn his spot opposite Ringener for the championship.
Neuer earned $11,000 for his third-place finish, Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., took home $9,000 for fourth place and McNeely made $7,000 for fifth.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Stayrook defeated McNeely, 238-225; Stayrook defeated Ferraro, 269-237; Stayrook defeated Neuer, 235170; and in the championship game, Stayrook defeated Ringener, 237-236. The championship round was held at the Indoor Sports Complex, State University of New York-Stony Brook. 42-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS t-Jeff Morin defeated Mark Scroggins in a one game roll-off, 198-197 *-Match play alternate 18-game qualifyingleader-Ryan Shafer, 4194. 24th place-Jeff Morin and Mark Scroggins 4005. 52nd place-Todd Brannigan and KellyCoffman, 3918. #--Jack Jurek, Bryan Goebel (2), Mark Erdmann and Ed Richardson rolled 300 games ($200 each).
t-Jeff Morin defeated Mark Scroggins in a one game roll-off, 198-197 *-Match play alternate 18-game qualifyingleader-Ryan Shafer, 4194. 24th place-Jeff Morin and Mark Scroggins 4005. 52nd place-Todd Brannigan and KellyCoffman, 3918. #--Jack Jurek, Bryan Goebel (2), Mark Erdmann and Ed Richardson rolled 300 games ($200 each).