Merit Mixed Doubles Championship
$200,000 MERIT MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV, Dec 13-15, 1996
Willams And Sill Combine For Merit Mixed Win
For Mark Williams it was a long time coming. For Aleta Sill It was business as usual at the Merit Mixed Doubles Championship in Las Vegas.
The pair, who qualified sixth for the $200,000 event, led rounds two and three and were never threatened in the Merit Power Position Round to earn the title and team check for 540,000. The win was the seventh of Wllliams' career and first since 1988, while the title was the 27th of Sill's career and marked the third time In four events she has been half of the winning team in this tournament.
Williams and Sill were second after the first round of eight games, but climbed into the lead after round two and never let go. After three rounds, the field of 24 teams was cut to the top four and they returned for the final Merit Power Position Round, which featured four consecutive position round games.
Sill, Dearborn, Mich., started the final round with a 300 game and won all four of her individual matches as the pair was never pressured in the final tree games. Williams, Beaumont, Texas, won three of his four individual matches in the final round and as a team they also went 3-1. They finished 315 pins ahead of the team of Pete Weber and Anne Marie Duggan.
As a team, William. and Sill went 17-101, with William. going 14-12-2 and Sill posting a 18-8-2 record. Williams averaged 244 and Sill averaged 242 for their 28 games. Weber and Duggan finished second, followed by the teams of Steve Jaros and Lisa Wagner and Tommy Delutz Jr. and Leanne Barrette.
Webs and Duggan split $22,000 for second, Jaros and Wagner split $16,000 for third, and Delutz and Barrette each get half of the $12,000 fourth-place checkThe tournament contested at Sam's Town Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, was a high scoring affair featuring 13 perfect games and two PBA scoring records. John Mazza established a record for 16 games (4,095) and Weber broke his own 24-game record by totaling 6,109 through three rounds.
24-game qualifying leaders-Mark Williams and Aleta Sill, 12,373. #-Jason Couch, Tommy Delutz Jr., Bryan Goebel, Steve Jaros, Bob Learn Jr., John Mazza Steve Wilson, Danny Wiseman, Lisa Wagner, Marianne DiRupo, Tish Johnson, Robin Romeo-Mossonte and Aleta Sill rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHER Bohn III, Jason Couch, Tim Criss, Tommy Delutz Jr., Norm Duke, Bryan Goebel, Bob Learn Jr., Rick Steelsmith, Steve Wilson, Danny Wiseman ($200 each); Eric Forkel, Curtis Odom, Phil Ringener ($400 each); John Mazza, Steve Jaros ($300 each); Walter Ray Williams Jr., Doug Kent ($600). PBA Averages-M. William., 244.6; Weber, 253; Jaros, 243.1; Delutz, 249.1; Wiseman, 240.7; Hromek, 239.5; Kent, 236.8; Arnold, 245.7; Forkel, 238.6; Soper, 243.8; Odom, 236.2; Steelsmith, 238.8; Criss, 250.7; Voss, 232.9; Learn, 236.5; Mazza, 248.8; W. Williams, 229.3; Ringener, 235.3; Couch, 234.4; Traber, 230.8; Wilson, 237.9; Bohn, 235.1; Goebel, 238; Duke, 242.