Ebonite Challenge



$130,000 EBONITE CHALLENGE
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, IN, Oct 25-29, 1997

Mazza Nets Second Title Of Year In Ebonite Challenge

John Mazza thought he had let one slip away. With a chance to close out the title match of the PBA Ebonite Challenge, Mazza opened in the 10th frame after failing to convert a 3-7 split.

"I choked in the 10th frame and 1 was sure it had cost me the match," said Mazza. "I had already resigned myself to second place, but I guess it was my day."

Needing only a mark and good pin count in his 10th frame to seal the win at Woodland Bowl, tournament leader Dave D'Entremont turned out to be the one who would let one slip away. His first ball in the 10th went high and left a 4-6 split. D'Entremont couldn't convert and Mazza, who had entered the championship round fifth, had his second win of the year and the eighth of his career. It was the first time ever Mazza had won from the fifth position.

The live ESPN telecast also featured Del Ballard Jr. who was making his first TV appearance since August of 1994.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI929 (4 games)$21,000
2Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH212 (1 game)11,000
3Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City150 (1 game)8,000
4Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY203 (1 game)6,000
5Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills. TX179 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Mazza defeated Ballard, 214-179; Mazza defeated Baker, 216-203; Mazza defeated Edwards, 279-150; and in the championship game, Mazza defeated D'Entremont, 220-212.

32-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9284 221.0 14-10-0 420 9704 
2Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9211 219.3 14-9-1 435 9646 
#3Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9155 217.9 14-10-0 420 9575 
4Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX 9135 217.5 13-11-0 390 9525 
5John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 9112 216.9 13-11-0 390 9502 
6Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL 9056 215.6 14-10-0 420 9476 $4,500
#7Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9165 218.2 10-14-0 300 9465 4,000
8Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9111 216.9 11-13-0 330 9441 3,600
9Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9039 215.2 13-11-0 390 9429 3,300
10Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 8992 214.1 14-10-0 420 9412 3,000
11Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS 8949 213.1 15-9-0 450 9399 2,800
12Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 9058 215.7 11-13-0 330 9388 2,600
13Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 9026 214.9 12-12-0 360 9386 2,400
14Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA 8943 212.9 13-11-0 390 9333 2,100
 Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9003 214.4 11-13-0 330 9333 2,100
16Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 8921 212.4 13-10-1 405 9326 1,900
17Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR 8958 213.3 12-12-0 360 9318 1,800
18George Branham III, Indianapolis 8964 213.4 10-14-0 300 9264 1,750
19Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 8960 213.3 9-15-0 270 9230 1,700
20Darren Wong, San Jose, CA 8853 210.8 11-13-0 330 9183 1,650
21Lenny Boresch, Kenosha, WI 8801 209.6 11-13-0 330 9131 1,600
22Brian Eaton, Amherst, NY 8762 208.6 11-13-0 330 9092 1,550
23Mike Miller, Albuquerque. NM 8760 208.6 10-14-0 300 9060 1,500
24Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE 8704 207.2 7-17-0 210 8914 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Justin Hromek, Andover, KS$1,370
26Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL1,230
27Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,210
28Brian Voss, Atlanta1,190
29John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC1,180
30Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL1,170
31Norm Duke, Clermont, FL1,160
32Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI1,150
33Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ1,140
34Craig Tuholski, Washougal, WA1,130
35Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS1,115
 Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL1,115

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4090. 24th place-Mike Miller, 3860. 35th place Bryan Goebel and Ricky Ward, 3789. PRO-AM CASHERS-Len Blakey, Amleto Monacelli, Lonnie Waliczek, Dennis Horan and Pat Nolan ($50 each); Danny Wiseman, Steve Jaros and Kelly Coffman ($100 each). #-Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chris Hooper and Tom Baker rolled 300 games ($100 each).