Budweiser Touring Players Championship



$135,000 BUDWEISER TOURING PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Taylor Lanes, Taylor, Mich., Dec 1-6, 1986

Mark Williams Wins Budweiser TPC

A week away from either bowling the Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) squads in 1987 or quitting the PBA Tour, Mark Williams salvaged an otherwise poor 1986 by capturing the final tournament of the year - the $135,000 Budweiser Touring Players Championship, with a convincing 246-214 victory over Billy Young Jr. in the championship game.

Williams, Beaumont, Texas, struck on six of his first seven balls in the championship game and coasted to his fourth PBA title and his first since winning the prestigious Firestone Tournament of Champions in April of 1985.

"I had been in such a slump that I hadn't even made the top 24 since March," said Williams, who collected $23,000 and exemption from the "rabbit" squads. "I went through four years of that and once you get out of them, you say there's no way you're going to do it again. If I had to bowl the rabbits, I would have quit the Tour."

Tom Milton opened the NBC Sports-televised finals with a 177-163 struggle over Del Ballard Jr. Young then defeated Milton, 222-191, and edged second-seeded Tom Baker, 200-190, to reach the championship game.

Young made it a close match against Williams, striking on three of his first four balls. But he left a 4-6-10 split in the sixth frame to give Williams a 44-pin lead he never relinquished.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas246 (1 game)$23,000
2Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla.636 (3 games)12,000
3Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.190 (1 game)8,000
4Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.368 (2 games)6,500
5Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas163 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Milton defeated Ballard, 177-163; Young defeated Milton, 222-191; Young defeated Baker, 200-190; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Young, 246-214.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 12377 221.0 16-7-1 495 12872 
#2Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 12295 219.6 15-9-0 450 12745 
#3Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla. 12159 217.1 17-7-0 510 12669 
4Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 12221 218.1 14-10-0 420 12641 
5Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 12308 219.8 10-14-0 300 12608 
6Randy Johnson, Webster Groves, Mo. 12232 218.4 12-12-0 360 12592 $5,000
7Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 12185 217.6 13-11-0 390 12575 4,500
8Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 12056 215.3 17-7-0 510 12566 4,000
9Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 12067 215.5 15-9-0 450 12517 3,500
10Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 12184 217.6 11-13-0 330 12514 3,000
11Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 12099 216.1 12-12-0 360 12459 2,800
#12Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 12006 214.4 15-9-0 450 12456 2,700
#13Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 12104 216.1 11-12-1 345 12449 2,600
14Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 11943 213.3 11-13-0 330 12273 2,500
15Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 11880 212.1 12-12-0 360 12240 2,400
16Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J. 11959 213.6 8-16-0 240 12199 2,300
17David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 11861 211.8 11-13-0 330 12191 2,200
18Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 11840 211.4 11-13-0 330 12170 2,100
19Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind. 11824 211.1 11-13-0 330 12154 2,000
20Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 11848 211.6 10-14-0 300 12148 1,900
21Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz. 11744 209.7 12-11-1 375 12119 1,800
22John Kirker Jr., Norwich, Conn. 11842 211.5 8-15-1 255 12097 1,700
23Tony Moore, Corbin, Ky. 11788 210.5 7-17-0 210 11998 1,600
24Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 11743 209.7 7-17-0 210 11953 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Bobby Jacks, Union City, Calif.$1,485
26Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,330
27Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,300
28Pete McCordic, Houston1,275
29Rey C. Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio1,250
30Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.1,225
31John Forst, Woodridge, Ill.1,200
32Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,180
33Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio1,160
34Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,140
35Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,120
36Mark Fahy, Chicago1,100
37Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,080
38Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.1,060
39Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y.1,040

* - Match play alternate. # - Steve Martin, Billy Young Jr., Tom Baker and Mark Baker rolled 300 games ($100 each). 32-game qualifying leader - Tony Westlake, 7105. 24th place - Steve Martin, 6835. 39th place - Tommy Kress, 6569. PRO-AM CASHERS - Guppy Troup, John Gant, Pete Weber, Don Genalo, Paul Gibson, Tom Milton, Bill Knight Jr., James Miller, Kent Wagner and Larry Womack ($50 each).