AC-Delco Classic



$150,000 AC-DELCO CLASSIC
Union Square Lanes, Union City, Calif., Jan 12-17, 1987

7-10 Branham Captures AC-Delco

Undefeated in his two championship round appearances spanning the last four PBA tournaments and seven nationally televised matches, George Branham III powered his way to the AC-Delco Classic crown and $27,000 first prize.

Branham bounced tournament leader Steve Wunderlich, 225-182, to notch his second title to go along with the Brunswick Memorial World Open crown collected late in 1986.

Branham amazingly vaulted from ninth place to move among the championship finalists as fifth qualifier following Friday night's position round game. He displayed that same steely determination in averaging better than 242 for his four games en route to his AC-Deco win.

In the opening game, Branham felt out his line to the pocket and defeated 47-year-old Jimmie Certain, Huntsville, Ala., 217-199. Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, a former AC-Delco champ here at Union Square Lanes, then entered the scene but couldn't match Branham's strike barrage and bowed, 268-257. Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas, was no match for Branham on this day either as Branham unleashed 11 strikes to advance to the championship game with a 279-200 win.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.989 (4 games)$27,000
2Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis182 (1 game)14,000
3Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas200 (1 game)8,500
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis257 (1 game)7,000
5Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.199 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Branham defeated Certain, 217-199; Branham defeated Aulby, 268-257; Branham defeated Duke, 279-200; and in the championship game, Branham defeated Wunderlich, 225-182.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 9168 218.3 16-8-0 480 9648 
2Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas 9241 220.0 11-13-0 330 9571 
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9038 215.2 17-7-0 510 9548 
4Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 8983 213.9 16-8-0 480 9463 
5George Branham III, Arleta, Calif. 9021 214.8 14-10-0 420 9441 
#6Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 8978 213.8 14-9-1 435 9413 $5,000
#7Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 8992 214.1 13-9-2 420 9412 4,000
8Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 8904 212.0 16-7-1 495 9399 3,600
9Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill. 9005 214.4 13-11-0 390 9395 3,200
10Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 9012 214.6 12-11-1 375 9387 3,000
11Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio 8848 210.7 15-8-1 465 9313 2,800
12Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz. 8814 209.9 14-10-0 420 9234 2,600
13Dave Davis, Orlando, Fla. 8840 210.5 13-11-0 390 9230 2,400
14Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 8886 211.6 10-14-0 300 9186 2,300
15Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8755 208.5 14-10-0 420 9175 2,200
16John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 8726 207.8 12-13-0 330 9056 2,100
17Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 8696 207.0 11-13-0 330 9026 2,000
18Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 8728 207.8 9-15-0 270 8998 1,900
19Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 8660 206.2 10-14-0 300 8960 1,800
20Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla. 8608 205.0 11-13-0 330 8938 1,700
21Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 8715 207.5 7-17-0 210 8925 1,600
22Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu, Ariz. 8605 204.9 7-17-0 210 8815 1,500
23Toby Contreras, Kansas City, Mo. 8417 200.4 5-19-0 150 8567 1,450
24Doug Wallace, Portland, Ore. 8249 196.4 6-18-0 180 8429 1,400

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.$1,250
26Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio1,210
*Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.1,330
28Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif.1,190
29Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,180
30Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.1,170
31Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.1,160
32Dean Asami, Rodeo, Calif.1,150
33William O'Neal Jr., Cheverly, Md.1,130
 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,130
 Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla.1,130
36Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.1,110
37Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.1,100
38Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.1,080
 Parker Bohn Ill, Freehold, N.J.1,080
 Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA1,080
41Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.1,050
 Jeffrey Lowe, Indianapolis1,050
 Pete McCordic, Houston1,050
44Anthony Burrell, Los Angeles1,030
45Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz.1,020
46Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,010
47Larry Womack, Morro Bay, Calif.1,000
48Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio990
49Arnie Goldman, Roseville, Mich.980
50Alan Downs, Cincinnati970
51Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich.960
52Mark Fahy, Chicago950
53Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.940

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Norm Duke, 4084. 23rd place - Toby Contreras and Del Warren, 3755. 53rd place - Palmer Failgren, 3667. # - Dave Arnold rolled two perfect games ($200) and Jess Stayrook rolled one ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Brian Voss, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Palmer Fallgren, Dean Asami, Mats Karlsson and Tony Westlake ($50 each).