Brunswick Memorial World Open



$200,000 BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL WORLD OPEN
Brunswick Northern Bowl, Glendale Heights, III., Nov 15-22, 1986

George III Rules World

It took 24-year-old George Branham III a few moments to collect himself after he won the $200,000 Brunswick Memorial World Open.

He had just upended all-time great and leading qualifier Mark Roth, 195-191, to capture a check for $33,260 accompanying the prestigious title, a berth in the 1987 Firestone Tournament of Champions and a spot in the PBA record books as the first black bowler to win a national tour title.

Branham, whose highest previous finish was eighth a year ago at Los Angeles, was seeded third into the nationally televised finals. He waited through a first game that saw Steve Wunderlich upend Marshall Holman, 196-185, when Holman chopped the 2-4-5-8 "bucket" in what could have been a game-winning 10th frame spare.

Branham then swung into action against Wunderlich, and eight strikes on his last nine balls resulted in a 246-205 victory. Ryan Shafer, a 20-year-old from Elmira, N.Y., competing in his second national tournament as a PBA member, was Branham's next victim, 201-178.

In the title game Roth took an 11-pin lead and then extended it to 20 in the fifth frame, 97-77. Suddenly, Branham got himself lined up. He notched a three-bagger in the seventh, eighth and ninth frames, and made a 7-pin spare in the 10th.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.642 (3 games)$33,260
2Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.191 (1 game)17,260
3Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.178 (1 game)9,260
4Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis401 (2 games)7,260
5Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.185 (1 game)6,250

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Wunderlich defeated Holman, 196-185; Branham defeated Wunderlich, 246-205; Branham defeated Shafer, 201-178; and in the championship game, Branham defeated Roth, 195-191.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 12412 221.6 14-10-0 420 12832 
2Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 12272 219.1 15-9-0 450 12722 
3George Branham III, Arleta, Calif. 12270 219.1 15-9-0 450 12720 
4Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 12352 220.6 12-12-0 360 12712 
5Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 12291 219.5 14-10-0 420 12711 
6Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 12308 219.8 13-11-0 390 12698 $5,000
7Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 12215 218.1 14-10-0 420 12635 4,500
8Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 12161 217.2 15-9-0 450 12611 4,000
9Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 12168 217.3 14-10-0 420 12588 3,600
10Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 12221 218.2 11-13-0 330 12551 3,200
11David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 12189 217.7 12-12-0 360 12549 3,000
12Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 12167 217.3 12-12-0 360 12527 2,800
13Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 12185 217.6 11-13-0 330 12515 2,600
14Harry Sullins, Roseville, Mich. 12137 216.7 12-12-0 360 12497 2,500
15Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 12053 215.2 14-10-0 420 12473 2,400
16Pete McCordic, Houston 12054 215.3 13-10-1 405 12459 2,300
17Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 12074 215.6 11-13-0 330 12404 2,200
18Bobby Jacks, Union City, Calif. 12040 215.0 12-12-0 360 12400 2,100
19Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 12067 215.5 8-16-0 240 12307 2,000
20Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla. 11954 213.5 11-13-0 330 12284 1,900
21Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 11934 213.1 10-13-1 315 12249 1,800
22Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 11910 212.7 11-13-0 330 12240 1,700
23Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 11917 212.8 B-16-0 240 12157 1,650
24Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu, Ariz. 11781 210.4 5-19-0 150 11931 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mark Fahy, Chicago$1,405
*Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla.1,525
27John Gant, Independence, Ky.1,380
28Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,370
29Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.1,360
30Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.1,350
31Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio1,340
32Mats Karlsson, Sweden1,325
 Bill Netzhammer, Alton, Ill.1,325
34Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,310
35Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,300
@36Yong Hwan Byun, South Korea2,000
37Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,280
38Steve Giljum, Crestwood, Mo.1,270
39Brad Bohling, Denver, Colo.1,260
40Rey C. Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio1,250
41Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,240
42David L. Rosenburg, Rolla, Mo.1,230
43Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.1,220
44Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.1,210
45Rick Sajek, Coral Springs, Fla.1,200
46Bruce Carter, Round Rock, Texas1,190
47Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,180
48Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis1,165
 Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,165
50Bill Spigner, Chicago1,150
51Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,140
52Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.1,130
53Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,120

* - Match play alternate. @ - Non-PBA member. 32-game qualifying leader - Mark Roth, 7216. 24th place Jim Pencak, 6874. 53rd place - Mark Williams, 6666. PRO-AM CASHERS - Steve Wunderlich, Marshall Holman, Dave Ferraro, Jim Stefanich, Don Genalo and George Branham III.