Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Apr 26-30, 1988

Williams Wins Second Firestone

Mark Williams joined a select group of Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) members who have won the Firestone Tournament of Champions more than once when he downed Tony Westlake, 237-214, to collect the $50,000 top prize in the traditional Winter Tour concluding tournament.

Williams, 30, Beaumont, Texas, earned the top-seeded position among an exclusive starting field of 52 PBA champions in the $250,000 tournament at Riviera Lanes. He began the title game with four straight strikes, building a 43-pin advantage and never looked back in notching his second Firestone crown to go along with the victory he earned in this event in 1985.

"I've been bowling so well that I had winning the tournament on my mind from the time I got here," said Williams, who qualified for the championship round in five 1988 events, including a victory four weeks ago in the Fair Lanes Open. Admittedly one of the "streakiest" players on the Tour, Williams boosted his season's earnings to $112,240 - fourth on the list - while moving into prominent contention for PBA Player of the Year honors.

Westlake, Edmond, Okla., who qualified for the Firestone by winning the Greater Hartford Open last week, made a strong bid to claim his second straight title. Qualifying third, Westlake overpowered Mike Aulby, 239-214, and outscored Brian Voss, 222-204, on his way to the final confrontation against Williams.

After falling behind early in the game, Westlake tried to get back in the match, recording strikes in the fourth and fifth stanzas, and another double beginning in the seventh frame. But a 10-pin leave on a crucial ninth-frame shot stopped Westlake's come-from-behind bid and allowed Williams to lock up the match with a strike in his ninth frame and a clinching strike on his first ball in the 10th.

"I knew I needed a string of strikes to catch up and I couldn't get them," said Westlake, who nevertheless took home the $28,000 runnerup share, capping a Winter Tour in which he cashed in 14 of the 16 tournaments.

Voss, Tacoma, Wash., who came within nine pins of overtaking Williams for the top-seeded spot after match play, picked up $20,000 for third to boost his yearly earnings to $132,755, including victories in the Trustcorp PBA National Championship and the True Value Open. Bob Benoit leads in earnings following the Winter Tour with $155,630 followed by Pete Weber's $140,790.

Aulby, Indianapolis, qualifying for the championship round of the Firestone for the fourth time in the last five years, placed fourth, worth $15,000. He had defeated 1986 Firestone runnerup Mark Baker, 236-184, in the opening match of the stepladder championship round, relegating the Garden Grove, Calif., right-hander to a fifth-place finish worth $10,000.

With the win, Williams joins Mike Durbin (1972, '82' and '84), Jim Godman (1969 and '73), Dave Davis (1967 and '75), Earl Anthony (1974 and '78) and Marshall Holman (1976 and '86) as the only multiple champions in the rich history of the 24-year tournament.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas237 (1 game)$50,000
2Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.675 (3 games)28,000
3Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.204 (1 game)20,000
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis450 (2 games)15,000
5Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.184 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Aulby defeated Baker, 236-184; Westlake defeated Aulby, 239-214 Westlake defeated Voss, 222-204; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Westlake, 237-214.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 11245 234.3 13-10-1 405 11650 
2Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 11191 233.1 15-9-0 450 11641 
#3Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 11114 231.5 14-10-0 420 11534 
4Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 11057 230.4 14-10-0 420 11477 
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 11077 230.8 12-12-0 360 11437 
6Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J. 11044 230.1 13-11-0 390 11434 $8,500
7Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 10905 227.2 16-8-0 480 11385 7,300
8Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 10847 226.0 16-8-0 480 11327 6,300
9Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 10957 228.3 10-13-1 315 11272 5,500
10Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 10866 226.4 12-12-0 360 11226 5,000
#11Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 10870 226.5 11-12-1 315 11215 4,500
12Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 10765 224.3 14-19-1 435 11200 4,000
13Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 10873 226.5 10-14-0 300 11173 3,500
14Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 10776 224.5 13-11-0 390 11166 3,200
15Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 10772 224.4 12-12-0 360 11132 3,000
16Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 10718 223.3 13-10-1 405 11123 2,800
17Jim Stefanich, Joliet, III. 10745 223.9 11-11-2 360 11105 2,700
18Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 10894 227.0 6-16-2 210 11104 2,600
19Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla. 10764 224.3 10-13-1 315 11079 2,500
20Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hts., Mich. 10631 221.5 13-11-0 390 11021 2,400
21Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 10778 224.5 8-16-0 240 11018 2,300
22Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 10608 221.0 9-15-0 270 10878 2,200
23Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 10562 220.0 7-16-1 225 10787 2,150
24Carmen Salvino, Chicago 10451 217.7 10-13-1 315 10766 2,100


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.$2,050
26Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio1,900
27Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,900
28Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,900
29W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,850
30Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,850
31Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,850
32Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,850
33Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.1,800
34Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,800
35George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,800
36Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,800
37Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.1,750
38Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo.1,750
39Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,750
40Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,750
41Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,700
42Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.1,700
43Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.1,700
44Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,700
45Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla.1,650
46Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.1,650
47Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,650
48Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.1,650
49Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,600
50Teata Semiz, Wanaque, N.J.1,600
51Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,600
52Dick Weber, St. Louis1,600

* - Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader - Tony Westlake, 5651. 24th place - Wayne Webb, 5271. 52nd place - Dick Weber, 4746. # - Mark Roth (2) and Tony Westlake (2) rolled 300 games ($100 each perfect game). In addition, Roth received $500 for bowling the first perfect game of the tournament. PRO-AM CASHERS - Jeff Bellinger, Amleto Monacelli, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Palmer Fallgren, Leroy Bornhop and Kent Wagner ($50 each). SQUAD PRIZES - High Blocks: Parker Bohn 111-1912, Johnny Petraglia-1945, Tony Westlake-1981, Wayne Webb-1930, Brian Voss-2040, Bob Benoit-1930 ($500 each). High Games: Mark Roth-300, Tony Westlake-300, Tony Westlake-300, Bob Chamberlain-299, Jim Stefanich-298, Mark Roth-300 ($250 each).