Merit Mixed Doubles Championship



$200,000 MERIT MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV, Dec 8-10, 1995

Butch Soper/Kim Canady Win Merit Mixed Doubles

The season-ending Merit Mixed Doubles Championship held a series of firsts for eventual winners Butch Soper and Kim Canady.

For the 46-year-old Soper, the event marked the first time in his 23-year PBA career that he had qualified for an invitational mixed doubles event. For Canady, a former Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Rookie of the Year, the event marked the first time she had been seeded in the top 10 for the event.

For the first time, Sam's Town Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center hosted the event, which started with amateur competition and ended with the final round of match play for the professionals.

Soper, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Canady, a San Francisco resident, took advantage of their new surroundings to give Soper his first title since 1990 and Canady her second win of 1995. The title was the fifth of each player's career and earned the team a check for $40,000.

Soper and Canady owned a 207-pin lead with only eight games of match play remaining. However, the title would not come easily as Eric Forkel and Robin Romeo won their first four matches in the final round to get as close as 59 pins with four games left.

32-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Kim Canady, San Francisco. CA
Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ
 14819 463.1 22-10-0 1025 15844 $40,000
#2Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA
Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ
 14742 460.7 21-11-0 1070 15812 22,000
3Tish Johnson, Northridge, CA
Norm Duke, Edmond, OK
 14535 454.2 20-12-0 960 15495 16,000
4Kim Adler, Titusville, FL
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
 14524 453.9 18-14-0 885 15409 12,000
5Cheryl Daniels, Detroit, MI
Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX
 14374 449.2 21-11-0 995 15369 10,000
6Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, OK
Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH
 14359 448.7 14-18-0 770 15129 8,000
7Aleta Sill, Dearborn, MI
Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ
 14076 439.9 20-12-0 970 75046 7,000
#8Michelle Mullen, Chicago
# Amleto Monacelli. Venezuela
 74231 444.7 14-18-0 700 14931 6,600

24-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
9Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, WA
Doug Kent, Canadangua, NY
 10745 447.7 15-11-0 650 11395 $6,400
10Carol Norman, Oklahoma City, OK
Mike Aulby, Indianapolis
 10548 439.5 16-8-0 800 11348 6,200
11Sandra Jo Mary Bronson, MI
Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS
 10722 446.8 11-13-0 610 11272 6,000
12Carolyn Dorin, N. Riceland Hills, TX
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ
 10618 442.4 12-12-0 580 11208 5,800
13Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV
Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY
 10568 440.3 13-11-0 620 11188 5,600
14Carol Giants, Perth, Australia
Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA
 10586 441.1 10-13-1 540 11136 5,400
15Jackie Sellers, DuBois, PA
Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL
 10555 439.8 11-13-0 580 11135 5,200
16Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ
David Ozio, Vidor, TX
 10596 441.5 10-13-1 500 11096 5,000
17Tammy Turner, W. Palm Beach, FL
Don Moser, San Jose, CA
 10397 433.2 13-11-0 640 11037 4,800
18Leanne Barrette. Yukon, OK
David Traber, Woodstock, IL
 10486 436.9 10-14-0 530 11016 4,600
19Lisa Wagner, Bradenton, FL
Danny Wiseman, Baltimore
 10360 431.7 11-13-0 540 10900 4,400
20Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo, CA
Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK
 10366 431.9 8-16-0 440 10806 4,200
21Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, NM
Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ
 10247 427.0 11-13-0 545 10792 4,000
22Cathy Dorin, Linden, NJ
Jason Couch, Clermont, FL
 10030 417.9 6-18-0 360 10390 3,800
23Dede Davidson, Clearwater, FL
Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX
 9775 407.3 8-16-0 410 10185 3,600
24Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY
Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL
 9803 408.5 6-18-0 320 10123 3,500

24-game qualifying leaders-Butch Sopar and Kim Canady, 12,025. #-Amleto Monacelli (2), Robin Romeo andMichelle Mullen rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CAS Kent and Jess St ($600 each), Norm Duke, DonMoser, Ricky Ward and Joe Firpo ($400 each), Mike Aulby, Mark Williams, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli,Butch Soper, Bob Learn Jr., Eric Forkel, Dave D'Entremont, Dave Arnold, Jason Couch and Bill Oakes ($200 each).
PBA Averages-Soper, 235.2; Forkel, 230.8; Duke, 227.8; Wl liams Jr., 232.0; M. Will iams, 229.6; D'Eniremont,233.8; Stayrook, 216.8; Monacelli, 230.5; Kent, 228.9; Aulby, 230.7; Goebel, 227.8; Bohn, 224.3; Jacques, 219.0;Learn, 228.5; Firpo, 216.3; Ozio, 216.6; Moser, 224.1; Traber, 224.2; Wiseman, 279.9; Oakes, 225.1; Arnold,226.7; Couch, 206.8; Scroggins, 207.9; Ward, 210.0.