Showboat Invitational



$200,000 SHOWBOAT INVITATIONAL
Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV, Mar 10-16, 1996

Williams Jr. Shows His Stuff At Showboat

For Brian LeClair, it was the worst kind of deja vu. For Walter Ray Williams Jr., it was simply a repeat performance of near perfection that gave him his second title of 1996 and his 18th career win.

Williams, Stockton, Calif., struck out in the 10th frame to defeat tournament leader LeClair, Hudson, N.Y., 258-257, in the finals of the Showboat Invitational. The win, which earned Williams $37,000, was the second in four tournaments for the PBA Hall of Famer, both of which came at the expense of LeClair. Williams also struck out in the 1996 Track Synergy Open of Kennewick, Wash., to beat LeClair, 208-206.

Williams said, "Sometimes you have to be lucky to win a title and in both matches against Brian I had breaks go my way. That's just part of bowling. Brian has the potential to be a great player out here and I'm sure he'll be back."

A disappointed LeClair said, "I threw a bad shot in the ninth and I paid for it. Anytime you give a player of his caliber any opening, he's probably going to beat you. I should have never given him that chance."

The final match concluded a championship round that featured high scores In all four matches. Roger Bowker started the telecast with a 259-237 win over Curtis Odom before becoming the first of three victims for Williams. Williams defeated Bowker, 226-258. Williams then bested Mike Edwards in the semifinal, 235-215, to set up his 10th frame heroics.

The $37,000 first-place check moved Williams past both Marshall Holman and Mike Aulby into second on the PBA's all-time earnings list.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA753 (3 games)$37,000
2Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY257 (1 game)19,000
3Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City215 (1 game)11,000
4Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL517 (2 games)9,000
5Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC237 (1 game)7,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Bowker defeated Odom, 259-237; Williams defeated Bowker, 260-258; Williams defeated Edwards, 235-215; and in the title match, Williams defeated LeClair, 258-257.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 13159 234.9 16-5-3 525 13684 
2Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 13247 236.5 13-9-2 420 13667 
#3Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Stockton, CA 13153 234.9 17-7-0 510 13663 
4Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC 13188 235.5 15-9-0 450 13638 
5Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 13083 233.6 17-7-0 510 13593 
6David Traber, Woodstock, IL 13085 233.7 15-8-1 465 13550 $6,500
#7Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL 13098 233.9 7-16-1 225 13323 6,000
#8Brian Voss, Atlanta 12967 231.5 10-13-1 315 13282 5,500
9Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ 12847 229.4 13-11-0 390 13237 5,000
10Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 12944 231.1 8-14-2 270 13214 4,500
11Michael Haugen Jr., Riverside, CA 12871 229.8 11-13-0 330 13201 4,000
12Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 12859 229.6 10-13-1 315 13174 3,600
13Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 12785 228.3 12-11-1 375 13160 3,300
14Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 12784 228.3 12-11-1 375 13159 3,000
#15Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 12833 229.2 9-13-2 300 13133 2,800
16Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 12774 228.1 11-13-0 330 13104 2,700
#17Harry Sullins, Ann Arbor, MI 12737 227.4 12-12-0 360 13097 2,600
18Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA 12702 226.8 12-12-0 360 13062 2,500
#19Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH 12712 227.0 11-12-1 345 13057 2,400
20Jeff Hickenbottom, Thousand Oaks, CA 12639 225.7 13-10-1 405 13044 2,300
21Doug Kempt, Temple City, CA 12724 227.2 10-13-1 315 13039 2,200
22Darren Wong, San Jose, CA 12685 226.5 7-17-0 210 12895 2,100
23John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 12574 224.5 8-14-2 270 12844 2,050
24Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 12500 223.2 9-15-0 270 12770 2,000

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, TX$1,730
26Scott Alexander, Seattle1,690
27Wayne Webb, Barberton, OH1,660
28Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,630
29Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,610
*t30Billy Hillers, Las Vegas1,710
31Kelly Bennett, Auburn Hills, MI1,553
#Rick Meneley, Santa Maria, CA1,553
 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX1,553
34Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ1,530
35Jim Hamrick, La Palms, CA1,520
36Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY1,510
37Mike Taylor, San Diego1,500
38David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,490
39Bill Swanson, Grand Rapids, MI1,480
40Bob Laster, Costa Mesa, CA1,465
 Brad Snell, Itasca, IL1,465
42Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA1,450
43Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,440
44Dennis Horan, San Diego1,430
45Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL1,420
46Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS1,410
47Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,400
48Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC1,390
49Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ1,380
50Paul Colwell, Tucson, AZ1,370
51Michael Nape, Blue Island, IL1,360
t52Yoshifumi Egashira, Japan1,350
53Eddie Williams, Van Nuys, CA1,340
t54Jim Moran, Las Vegas1,335

*-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Ricky Ward, 7662. 24th place-Jeff Hickenbottom, 7269. 54th place-Jim Moran, 6892. #-Ricky Ward, Jimmy Johnson (2), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), Michael Karch, Rick Meneley, Justin Hromek, Brian Voss and Harry Sullins each rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Kevin Taber, Joe Salvemini, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Michael Karch, Robby Callan, Doug Kent, Darren Wong, Brad Snell, Bill Oakes, Cart Provost, Justin Hromek, Tommy Evans, Dave Wodka, Bryan Goebel, Bob Learn Jr., Johnny Petraglia, Ken McNeely and Philip Ringener ($50 each). t-Non-PBA member.