Brunswick World Tournament Of Champions
$300,000 BRUNSWICK WORLD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Brunswick Deer Park Lanes, Lake Zurich, IL, Apr 18-22, 1995
Aulby Completes PBA's "Triple Crown"
Mike Aulby's 15-year quest to complete pro bowling's "Triple Crown" ended when he captured the inaugural $300,000 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, before 3,030 fans at Harper College Fieldhouse in Palatine, Ill. This professional triumph also ended an emotionally difficult year for second-seeded Aulby, Indianapolis, who defeated leading qualifier Bob Spaulding, 237-232, for the $60,000 first-place check and accompanying 20-foot Bayliner boat, motor and trailer package from Brunswick, valued at $16,000.
Spaulding, Greenville, S.C., was in control for much of the title game and could have clinched his second title of the year and first "major," but opened the door for Aulby when he left the 7-10 split in his ninth frame and then struck out in the 10th. Needing a double and four pins for his 23rd title, Aulby got the double and eight pins beforejumping into the arms of wife Tami and son Christopher. Spaulding fell to the floor in frustration, but $33,000 richer as runnerup.
The Aulby's were a family of tears in the winner's circle as Mike accepted his PBA "Triple Crown" diamond ring from Brunswick Corporation Chairman and tournament honoree Jack Reichert. Aulby acknowledged his late father, Jim, who died last July 4, and Mike's voice choked with the emotion of Jim's memory while talking to ABC-TV's Chris Schenkel.
Aulby said, "I gladly kissed 1994 goodbye at one minute past midnight on January 1, and that day couldn't have come quickly enough. I've been relaxed all week since the tournament's move from Akron. I had less pressure on me coming into Chicago, but this title's been in the back of my mind after all the disappointments at RivieraLanes. It feels like I won twice today-the T of C and the 'Triple Crown."'The climactic day to PBA's 15-week winter schedule started with Dennis Horan defeating fellow lefthander Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 265-243. Next up was Pat Healey of Niagara Falls, N.Y., who showed the nervousness of being the first amateur T of C finalist when his first shot sailed into the right channel, but then displayed the skills of his extensive Team USA experience in coming back against Horan, 231-225. Aulby came on and easily defeatedHealey, 265-177, to earn his opportunity for entry in PBA's record books. Healey collected $24,000 for third place, Horan, San Diego, earned $18,000 for fourth place and Bohn $12,000 for fifth.
Aulby completed a Grand Slam of professional bowling "majors," including his 1989 ABC Bud Light Masters victory, and joins Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Pete Weber as the only other "Triple Crown" bowlers.
Aulby immediately jumped to the top of PBA's yearly earnings list with $125,610 (including the $16,000 boat). As is tradition with Brunswick-sponsored tournaments, local charity also benefited. The YMCA of metropolitan Chicago was the recipient of Brunswick's $15 per pin pledge from the pinfall total of the championship finalists,resulting in a contribution of $28,125. Additionally, the Brunswick Foundation donated $10,000 toward the Oklahoma City bombing victims' relief.
Tournament week began with an elimination tournament for the 24 invited international bowlers, representing 18 different countries, from which five advanced into the 64-man tournament proper. Immediately following that, the inaugural Reichert Cup was contested, and the U.S. team of eight PBA stars came from behind to defeat theinternational contingent, 14 1/2 to 6 1/2 points (11 points needed to win), in an exciting afternoon of activity. That evening, players were honored at the traditional Dinner of Champions, which included PBA's Hall of Fame installation ceremonies for new inductees David Ozio, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Columbia 300 founder RogerZeller.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Horan defeated Bohn, 265-243; Healey defeated Horan, 231-225; Aulby defeated Healey, 265-177; and in the championship game, Aulby defeated Spaulding, 237-232. *-In addition to prize money, Aulby wins Bayliner boat, motor and trailer package. 48-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Parker Bohn III, 5669. 24th place-Bryan Goebel, 5364. 64th place-Steve Jaros, 4871. #-Justin Hromek, Bryan Goebel, Bob Learn Jr., Jack Jurek, Pat Healey, Eric Forkel and Brian Voss rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bryan Goebel, Steve Hoskins, Bob Learn Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Justin Hromek, Ron Williams, Gary Dickinson, Randy Pedersen, Dave Traber, Mark Williams and Dave Husted ($50 each). t-International entry.
*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Parker Bohn III, 5669. 24th place-Bryan Goebel, 5364. 64th place-Steve Jaros, 4871. #-Justin Hromek, Bryan Goebel, Bob Learn Jr., Jack Jurek, Pat Healey, Eric Forkel and Brian Voss rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bryan Goebel, Steve Hoskins, Bob Learn Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Justin Hromek, Ron Williams, Gary Dickinson, Randy Pedersen, Dave Traber, Mark Williams and Dave Husted ($50 each). t-International entry.