True Value Open



$150,000 TRUE VALUE OPEN
Landmark Recreation Center, Peoria, III., Mar 4-8, 1986

Dead Eye's Aim True

"I finally made it!" The speaker was Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif., who finally transferred his world championship horseshoe pitching ability to the bowling lanes at Landmark Recreation Center.

He had just rolled four impressive games in the nationally televised finals of the $150,000 True Value Open to win the $27,000 first prize and a coveted trip to the $250,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

"I felt good right from the beginning," he said, minutes after defeating top-seeded Steve Cook, 215-167, in the championship game.

Williams, also known as "Dead Eye," was unbeatable in his first three games. Back-to-back 246's eliminated Mats Karlsson, who had a 224, and then Hugh Miller, who managed a 234. Miller sported a 6-0 record in championship round matches going into the True Value finals.

Next up was John Gant and Williams improved on his first two games with a 257-199 victory to move into the title game against Cook. Cook was looking for his 10th PBA win, after having captured the BPAA U.S. Open three weeks earlier in Venice, Fla.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.964 (4 games)$27,000
2Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.167 (1 game)14,000
3John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa.199 (1 game)8,500
4Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.234 (1 game)7,000
5Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden224 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Williams defeated Karlsson, 246-224; Williams defeated Miller, 246-234; Williams defeated Gant, 257-199; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Cook, 215-167.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9530 226.9 15-8-1 465 9995 
2John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa. 9446 224.9 16-7-1 495 9941 
3Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9338 222.3 19-5-0 570 9908 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9316 221.8 13-11-0 390 9706 
5Mats Karlsson, Sweden 9155 218.0 16-7-1 495 9650 
6Pete McCordic, Houston 9136 217.5 13-9-2 420 9556 $5,000
7Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 9156 218.0 11-13-0 330 9486 4,000
8Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9059 215.7 14-10-0 420 9479 3,500
9Mike Bouvia, Gresham, Ore. 8908 212.1 17-7-0 510 9418 3,200
10Joe Staton, Sunnymead, Calif. 9008 214.5 12-11-1 375 9383 3,000
11Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9087 216.4 9-15-0 270 9357 2,800
12Steve Preston, Kokomo, Ind. 8940 212.9 13-10-1 405 9345 2,600
13Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas 8915 212.3 14-10-0 420 9335 2,500
14Richard Bramwell, San Marcos, Calif. 8883 211.5 14-10-0 420 9303 2,400
15Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8914 212.2 12-12-0 360 9274 2,300
16Tony Cariello, Chicago 8909 212.1 11-13-0 330 9239 2,200
17Randy Canales, Poway, Calif. 8886 211.6 9-15-0 270 9156 2,100
18Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 8919 212.4 7-16-1 225 9144 2,000
19Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 8820 210.0 10-14-0 300 9120 1,900
20Randy Johnson, Webster Groves, Mo. 8775 208.9 10-14-0 300 9075 1,800
21Dave Kappel, Chicago 8779 209.0 8-16-0 240 9019 1,700
@22Tom Adcock, Decatur, 111. 8697 207.1 8-16-0 240 8937 1,600
23Eddy Kelley, Amarillo, Texas 8579 204.3 7-17-0 210 8789 1,525
24James A. Miller, Mesa, Ariz. 8472 201.7 6-18-0 180 8652 1,480

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa.$1,435
26Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,300
27Harold Sullins, Detroit1,280
28George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.1,260
29Philip Ringener Big Spring, Texas1,240
30Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,220
31Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.1,210
32Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,195
 John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.1,195
34Bruce Carter, Round Rock, Texas1,180
35Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,170
36Arnie Goldman, Detroit1,160
37Bill Maijala, Belleville, Ill.1,150
38Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,140
39Kevin Mullins, St. Louis1,130
#40Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.1,120
41Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,110
42Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.1,095
 Butch Soper, Los Angeles1,095
44Bill Netzhammer, Alton, Ill.1,080
45Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,070
46Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,060
47Tony Westlake, Altus, Okla.1,050
48Mario Moley, Tampa, Fla.1,040
49Storm DeVincent, Tamarac, Fla.1,030
50Mike Truitt, Rockford, Ill.1,020
51Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis1,000
53Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.990

* - Match play alternate. # - Doug Wallace, Steve Cook and Purvis Granger rolled 300 games ($100 each). @ - non-PBA member. 18-game qualifying leader - Steve Cook, 4059. 24th place - Randy Johnson, 3856. 53rd place Bill Straub, 3781. PRO-AM CASHERS - Warren Nelson, Norm Duke, Philip Ringener, Mario Moley, James Valentine, Johnny Petraglia, Mike Bouvia, John Gant, Darryl Bower and Bill Peters ($50 each).