Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open



$500,000 SEAGRAM'S COOLERS U.S. OPEN
Narrows Plaza Bowl, Tacoma, Wash., Jan 4-10, 1987

Ballard Sings To $100,000 Win

"Wrap it up, I'll take it," were the words to the song Del Ballard Jr. kept repeating to himself en route to his first national tour victory in the $500,000 Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open, worth a record $100,000 to the winner. Ballard topped top-seeded Pete Weber, 247-209, at Narrows Plaza Bowl for his first Professional Bowlers Association championship in the richest pro bowling tournament ever.

Weber, who led the 240-man field made up of 144 leading PBA members and 96 Bowling Proprietors' Association tion of America (BPAA) league qualifiers, received $55,000 as runnerup, which was larger than any previous professional bowling winner's check.

Ballard, Richardson, Texas, opened with a spare and three strikes. Weber, Florissant, Mo., failed to double until the 10th frame, but by then Ballard had built an insurmountable lead.

Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., a two-time BPAA U.S. Open winner, opened the championship round by tossing 11 strikes to oust Gary Dickinson, the 1983 Open champ, 265-190. Holman, a 20-time PBA titlist, then bowed to Akron, Ohio's Ron Bell, 230-203. Ballard then entered the fray and on the strength of 10 strikes, defeated Bell, 278-187, and advanced to the lucrative title game.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas525 (2 games)$100,000
2Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.209 (1 game)55,000
3Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio417 (2 games)30,000
4Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.468 (2 games)20,000
5Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas190 (1 game)15,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Holman defeated Dickinson, 265-190; Bell defeated Holman, 230-203; Ballard defeated Bell, 278-187; and in the championship game, Ballard defeated Weber, 247-209.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 12672 226.3 18-5-1 555 13227 
2Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 12566 224.4 13-11-0 390 12956 
3Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 12381 221.1 19-5-0 570 12951 
4Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 12408 221.6 14-10-0 420 12828 
5Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 12391 221.3 14-10-0 420 12811 
@#6Jeff Mackey, Mexico, Mo. 12334 220.3 14-10-0 420 12754 $12,000
@7Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio 12376 221.0 12-12-0 360 12736 11,000
8Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 12391 221.3 11-13-0 330 12721 10,000
#9Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 12263 219.0 15-9-0 450 12713 9,000
10Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 12353 220.6 11-13-0 330 12683 8,500
11Doug Wallace, Portland, Ore. 12333 220.2 11-13-0 330 12663 8,000
12Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla. 12254 218.8 12-12-0 360 12614 7,500
13Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 12304 219.7 10-14-0 300 12604 7,000
14Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 12232 218.4 12-12-0 360 12592 6,500
15Storm DeVincent, Tamarac, Fla. 12230 218.4 12-12-0 360 12590 6,000
16Brad Bohling, Denver, Colo. 12154 217.0 13-11-0 390 12544 5,600
17Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 12213 218.1 11-13-0 330 12543 5,200
18Rick Brunori, Monroeville, Pa. 12088 215.9 12-11-1 375 12463 5,000
19Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 12206 218.0 8-16-0 240 12446 4,800
20Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind. 12108 216.2 10-14-0 300 12408 4,600
21Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 12100 216.1 9-14-1 285 12385 4,400
22Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 12028 214.8 9-14-1 285 12313 4,200
23George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 12027 214.8 7-17-0 210 12237 4,000
@24Kevin Gillette, Florence, Ky. 11920 212.9 9-15-0 270 12190 3,800

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.$3,700
26Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela3,500
27Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis3,400
28Jim Harvey, Tucson, Ariz.3,250
 Mike Truitt, Rockford, Ill.3,250
30Tony Westlake, Edmond. Okla.3,100
31Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.3,000
32Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.2,900
33Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J.2,800
34Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.2,700
35Chris Warren. Dallas2,600
36Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio2,500
37Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.2,450
38Mark Fahy, Chicago2,400
@39Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash.2,350
40Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio2,300
41Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo.2,250
@42Curtis Odom, Winston Salem, N.C.2,200
43Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis2,150
44David Ozio, Vidor, Texas2,075
 Harry Sullins, Detroit2,075
@46Scott Thomsen, Tacoma, Wash.2,000
47Pete McCordic, Houston1,950
48Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,900
49Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,850
@50Sean Heath, Spokane, Wash.1,800
51Jim Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore.1,750
52Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas1,700
53Michael Dool, Hilton, N.Y.1,675
54Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,650
55Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,625
@56Mike Lastowski, Baltimore1,600
57Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz.1,575
58Pete Kaczmarczyk, Warren, Mich..1,550
59Russ Cooper, Richmond, Calif.1,525
60Guppy Troup, Tucker, Ga.1,500

* - Match play alternate. @ - BPAA entry. # - Mark Baker and Jeff Mackey rolled 300 games ($100 each). 32-game qualifying leader - Del Ballard Jr., 7268. 24th place - Jeff Bellinger, 6928. 601h place - Guppy Troup 6641. Del Ballard Jr. and Bill Ryan Jr. each received a $1,000 bonus for leading their respective divisions after qualifying PRO-AM CASHERS - Ron Bell, Mark Williams, Jeff Bellinger, Steve Wunderlich, Gil Sliker and George Pappas ($50 each). SQUAD PRIZES - High Blocks: Pete Weber, @Curtis Odom, Ted Hannahs, @Ralph Goyette, Chuck Mogavero, @Michael Limekiller, Del Ballard Jr., @Barry Culp, Mike Truitt, @Bill Ryan Jr., Pete McCordic, @Sean Heath, Mar. shall Holman, @Bill Ryan Jr., Pete Weber, @Jeff Mackey, Mark Roth, @Steve Harms ($500 each. SECOND HIGH BLOCK - Jon O'Drobinak, @Steve Schlecht, Jim Harvey, @Robert Bjorke, Dale Strike, @Bill Ryan Jr., Brad Bohling, @Steve Levering, Tom Milton, @Thomas Hinz, Hugh Miller, @Jeff Mackey, George Pappas, @Gary Bower, Bill Peters, @Mike Morris, Gary Dickinson, @Richard Martinez ($250 each). HIGH GAMES -Jon O'Drobinak, @Curtis Odom, Jim Winklepleck, @Stan Jackson, Marshall Holman, @Gary Bower, Tony Westlake, (Mike Lastowski, Guppy Troup, @Bill Ryan Jr., Joe Hutchinson, (Scott Thomsen, @Bill Ryan Jr., Pete Weber, @Scott Thomsen, Mark Baker, @John Schaefer ($250 each). Dave Kappel and Marshall Holman ($125 each).