National Finance Challenge



$125,000 NATIONAL FINANCE CHALLENGE
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, IN, Oct 31-Nov 4, 1998

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins Again!

Walter Ray Williams Jr. continued his push for PBA Player of the Year in impressive fashion by winning his third title of the tail and fifth of the year at the National Finance Challenge at Woodland Bowl.

Williams defeated Amleto Monacelli in the title match, 237-231, to earn the $20,000 first-place check and his 29th career title. Williams, Orlando, then lost to Brian Voss in the $10,000 winner-take-all National Finance Challenge Match, 266-220. Voss, Atlanta, earned his spot fn the challenge match by winning the National Finance Championship at the start of the fall tour in Virginia Beach, Va.

"I only had six titles before 1993 and now I've won 23 In the last six years," said Williams. "I can't believe I'm this close to 30 titles. It's been an incredible run."

Monacelli got it going early in the final match, striking on his first three shots. Williams struck in frame one, then converted two single-pin spares in frames two and three before putting together five consecutive strikes. Monacelli's only mistake came in the fourth frame when he was unable to convert the difficult 2-10 split.

Williams took the lead after Monacelli's open frame and never relinquished it, converting a spare in the ninth and striking on his first shot in the 101h to secure the win. Monacelli settled for the second-place check worth $11,000.

But Williams ran into a buzzsaw in Voss In the $10,000 winner-take-all challenge match. Voss struck on every shot but one and cruised to an easy win.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando, FL237 (1 game)$20,000
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela423 (2 games)11,000
3Dave Wodka, S. Setauket, NV353 (2 games)7,000
**4Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ160 (1 game)5,000
5Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL187 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Match one: Wodka (196) defeated Forkel (160) and Ward (187); in the semifinal match Monacelli defeated Wodka, 792-157; and in the championship match, Williams defeated Monacelli, 237-231.
**-According to PBA rules, the third seed can finish with no less than fourth place money in a shootout round.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando, FL 9374 223.2 14-8-2 450 9824 
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9304 221.5 17-7-0 510 9814 
3Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9325 222.0 14-7-3 465 9790 
4Dave Wodka, S. Setauket, NY 9249 220.2 74-9-1 435 9684 
5Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9173 218.4 16-8-0 480 9653 
6Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9752 217.8 13-11-0 390 9542 $3,300
7David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9048 215.4 15-9-0 450 9498 3,200
8Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 9064 215.8 13-11-0 390 9454 3,000
9John Mazza, Bay City, MI 8976 213.7 14-10-0 420 9396 2,800
10Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA 8967 273.7 12-12-0 360 9327 2,600
71Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 8984 213.9 11-13-0 330 9314 2,500
12Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE 8892 211.7 13-11-0 390 9282 2,400
13John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis 8936 212.8 11-13-0 330 9266 2,300
14Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS 8845 210.6 12-11-1 375 9220 2,200
15Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 8875 217.3 11-73-0 330 9205 2,100
16Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 8801 209.5 12-12-0 360 9161 2,000
17Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 8837 210.4 9-14-1 285 9122 1,900
#18Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 8781 209.1 11-13-0 330 9111 1,800
19Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 8761 208.6 11-13-0 330 9091 1,700
20Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 8799 209.5 9-15-0 270 9069 1,600
21Warren Guernsey, Cobleskill, NV 8764 208.7 9-15-0 270 9034 1,525
 Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL 8944 212.7 3-21-0 90 9034 1,525
23Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 8569 204.0 11-13-0 330 8899 1,450
24Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ 8615 205.1 9-15-0 270 8886 1,400

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI$3,270
*25Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,290
26Patrick Healey Jr., Chesterfield, MI1,120
27Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA1,090
28Jason Couch, Clermont, FL1,060
29Kent Burgan, Cynthiana, KY1,040
#30Lee Johnson, Bloomington, IN1,020
31Hank Boomershine, Stow, OH990
 Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, PA990
33Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL950
 Paul Nicholas, Romeoville, IL915
34Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR2,340
35Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NV915
 Darren Wong, San Jose, CA915
37Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City900
38Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ890
39Mike Aulby, Indianapolis880
40David Ozio, Beaumont, TX870
41Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NV860
42Don Moser, Grand Rapids, MI425
 Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA425

**-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Eric Forkel, 4079. 24th place-Justin Hromek, 3837. Hromek defeated Williams, 233-166, in a one game roll-off for 24th place. 42nd place-Don Moser and Billy Myers Jr., 3778. #-Doug Kent, Curtis Odom and Lee Johnson rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Chris Barnes (2), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tommy Delutz Jr., Dave D'Entremont, John Gant, Mark Williams, Sean Quinn (2), Don Moser, Todd Filter, F.D. Miller, Darren Wong, Jeff Leaphart, Bob Benoit, Tim Criss, Robert Smith, Billy Myers Jr. (2) and Dale Traber ($50 each).