AC-Delco Classic



$150,000 AC-DELCO CLASSIC
Mel's Southshore Bowl, Alameda, Calif., Jan 9-14, 1984

Soper Super In AC-Delco

Butch Soper, unable to strike through the first nine frames of the championship match, was up to the task of tossing two "must" 10th-frame strikes to secure the $27,000 first prize in the $150,000 AC-Delco Classic.

The 172-168 conquest of Gary Skidmore gave Soper his second PBA title. The 5-foot-6 Soper appeared down for the count after opening in the second and third frames of the title game. He played catch-up and got the break he needed when Skidmore left the "big four" 4-6-7-10 in the ninth frame.

Soper flushed his first shot in the 10th frame and tripped a 4-pin on his second ball to win for the first time since his initial PBA title in Baltimore in 1978.

Wayne Webb never got untracked in pursuing his third consecutive triumph and fell to Jimmie Pritts, 193-157. Pritts went on to roll over Gil Sliker, 245-191, before falling to Soper, 234-198.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif.406 (2 games)$27,000
2Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.168 (1 game)14,000
3Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.638 (3 games)8,500
4Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.191 (1 game)7,000
5Wayne Webb, Carmel, Ind.157 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Pritts defeated Webb, 193-157; Pritts defeated Sliker, 245-191; Soper defeated Pritts, 234-198; and in the championship game, Soper defeated Skidmore, 172-168.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 9028 214.9 17-7-0 510 9538 
2Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif. 9033 215.0 16-8-0 480 9513 
3Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 8884 211.5 16-8-0 480 9364 
4Wayne Webb, Carmel, Ind. 8818 209.9 17-7-0 510 9328 
5Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 8766 208.7 15-9-0 450 9216 
**6Teata Semiz, Fairfield, N.J. 8897 211.8 9-15-0 270 9167 $5,050
7Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8732 207.9 14-10-0 420 9152 4,200
8Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 6838 205.6 14-10-0 420 9058 3,600
9Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8692 206.9 11-13-0 330 9022 3,400
10Brad Bohling, Thornton, Colo. 8589 204.5 14-10-0 420 9009 3,200
11Pete McCordic, Houston 8689 206.8 9-13-2 300 8989 3,000
12Rickie Sajek, Highland, Ind. 8634 205.5 11-12-1 345 8979 2,800
13Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 8641 205.7 11-13-0 330 8761 2,600
14Lynn Austermuhl, Anchorage, Alaska 8613 205.0 10-14-0 300 8913 2,500
15Kent Wagner, Allentown, Pa. 8600 204.7 10-14-0 300 8900 2,400
16Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 8533 203.1 12-12-0 360 8893 2,300
17Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8432 200.7 14-10-0 420 8852 2,200
18Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz. 8525 202.9 9-15-0 270 8795 2,100
19Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash. 8479 201.8 10-13-1 315 8794 2,000
20Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W.Va. 8512 202.6 9-15-0 270 8782 1,900
21Norm Duke, Mt. Pleasant, Texas 8501 202.4 9-15-0 270 8771 1,800
22Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio 8446 201.0 9-15-0 270 8716 1,700
23Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 8312 197.9 11-13-0 330 8642 1,600
24Curt Aemisegger, St. Jacob, III. 8299 197.5 9-15-0 270 8569 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Chuck Pierce, Dallas, Texas$1,450
26Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,340
27Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,310
28John Paris, Keansburg, N.J.1,280
29Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,260
30Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,235
 Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,235
32Don Bell, Scotts Valley, Calif.1,215
 Don Genalo, N. Merrick, N.Y.1,215
34David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,200
35Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.1,190
36Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.1,180
37Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,165
 Graham Smith, Australia1,165
39Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,145
 Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.1,145
41Palmer Fallgren, Boca Raton, Fla.1,125
 Gregory Nesbit, Pittsburgh, Pa.1,125
43Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.1,110
44AI Ahlm, Alameda, Calif.1,100
45John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa.1,090
46Tom Robards, Carmichael, Calif.1,080
47Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.1,070
48Jerry Buchholz, Santa Clara, Calif.1,060
49Mike Steinbach, Alsip, Ill.1,050
50Ed Bourdase, San Jose, Calif.1,035
 Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio1,035
52Jim Poulos, Daly City, Calif.1,020
53Larry Laub, Santa Maria, Calif.505
 Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis505

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. Ron Andrews rolled a 300 game in the PTQ. 18-game qualifying leader Teata Semiz, 3959. 24th place - Mike Edwards, 3687. PRO-AM CASHERS - Larry Gray, Joe Hutchinson, Randy Stoughton, Larry Laub, Kyle Shedd, Pete Couture, Mark Fahy, Bobby Jacks, Mark Roth and Brian Voss ($50 each).