Showboat Invitational



$175,000 SHOWBOAT INVITATIONAL
Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan 19-25, 1986

Skidmore Rings Showboat Bell

"I definitely felt the pressure in the ninth and 10th frames." So said Ron Bell of his two closing spares and nine count, which allowed Gary Skidmore the opportunity to seize his sixth PBA championship in the Showboat Invitational, 215-214.

Skidmore proved he was up to the task with a clutch spare and strike in the 10th frame, which prevented a two-frame rolloff and padded his bankroll with the $33,000 first prize.

Bell, Akron, Ohio, said he couldn't help thinking about competing in his hometown's Firestone Tournament of Champions following his first PBA victory. But Skidmore thwarted Bell's efforts to become the third consecutive first-time winner on the PBA's 1986 Winter Tour.

PBA Hall of Famer Larry Laub opened the championship finals by ousting Ron Williams, appearing in his first championship round, 234-173. Skidmore then stepped in and stopped Laub, 248-235, and bombed David Ozio, 233-182, to move in against top-seeded Bell.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.696 (3 games)$33,000
2Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio214 (1 game)17,000
3David Ozio, Vidor, Texas182 (1 game)9,000
4Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.469 (2 games)7,000
5Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.173 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Laub defeated Williams, 234-173; Skidmore defeated Laub, 248-235; Skidmore defeated Ozio, 233-182; and in the championship game, Skidmore defeated Bell, 215-214.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 12315 219.9 14-10-0 420 12735 
2David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 12132 216.6 17-6-1 525 12657 
3Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 12184 217.6 13-11-0 390 12574 
4Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz. 12121 216.4 14-10-0 420 12541 
#5Ron Williams, Cahokia, III. 11995 214.2 16-8-0 480 12475 
6Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 12080 215.7 13-11-0 390 12470 $5,000
7Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 11978 213.9 15-9-0 450 12428 4,000
8Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 11940 213.2 15-9-0 450 12390 3,500
9Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich. 11936 213.1 15-9-0 450 12386 2,900
 Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 12026 214.8 12-12-0 360 12386 2,900
11Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 11941 213.2 14-10-0 420 12361 2,600
12Jim Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore. 11877 212.1 15-9-0 450 12327 2,500
13Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz. 11873 212.0 15-9-0 450 12323 2,400
14Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 11980 213.9 10-14-0 300 12280 2,300
15John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa. 11904 212.6 12-12-0 360 12264 2,200
16Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 11850 211.6 11-13-0 330 12180 2,100
17Pete McCordic, Houston 11876 212.1 9-15-0 274 12146 2,000
18Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 11805 210.8 10-14-0 300 12105 1,900
19Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla. 11771 210.2 10-13-1 315 12086 1,800
20Tony Cariello, Des Plaines, III. 11838 211.4 7-17-0 210 12048 1,700
21Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 11806 210.8 7-17-0 210 12016 1,600
22Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 11727 209.4 8-15-1 255 11982 1,500
23Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 11721 209.3 7-17-0 210 11931 1,400
24Rey C. Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio 11668 208.4 7-16-1 225 11893 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs, Colo.$1,130
26Dale Eagle, Tomball, Texas1,120
27Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,110
28Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,100
*29Butch Soper, Los Angeles1,195
30Jim Tilton, Huntington Beach, Calif.1,080
31David White, Oklahoma City, Okla.1,070
32Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis1,060
33Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,050
34Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,035
 Rich Sajek, Coral Springs, Fla.1,035
36John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.1,020
37Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.1,010
38Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif.1,000
39Bobby Jacks, New Orleans990
40Carmen Salvino, Chicago980
41Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J.970
42John Forst, Woodridge, Ill.960
43Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.950
44Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.940
45Bruce Carter, Round Rock, Texas930
46Joe Staton, Sunnymead, Calif.920
47Mats Karlsson, Sweden905
 Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.905
49Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.890
50Storm DeVincent, Tamarac, Fla.875
 Guppy Troup, Neptune Beach, Fla.875
52Jerry Miller, Twin Falls, Idaho860
53Casey Berry, Albuquerque, N.M.850
54Mike Taylor, San Diego, Calif.840
55Arnie Goldman, Detroit830
56George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.820
57Pete Weber, St. Louis810
58Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.800
59Dave Kappel, Chicago790
60Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore.780
61Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela770
62Danny Hamilton, Miami, Fla.760
63Jeffrey Williams, San Diego, Calif.750
64Mike Bouvia, Gresham, Ore.740
65Mark Fahy, Chicago730
66Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif.720
67Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.710
68Paul Renteria, Tucson, Ariz.700
69Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.690
70Harold Sullins, Roseville, Mich.680
71Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.670
72Roderick Pasteur, Atlanta660
73Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.650
74Steve Preston, Kokomo, Ind.640
75Jim Murtishaw, El Cajon, Calif.630

* - Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Ron Bell, 7098. 24th place - Sam Zurich, 6754. 75th place Jim Murtishaw, 6443. # - Ron Williams and Walt Roy rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Dave Husted, Henry Gonzalez, Ron Palombi Jr., Pete Weber, Mark Roth and Jimmy Certain ($50 each).