Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV, Jan 23-29, 1994

Walter Ray Shows Off At Showboat

Reigning PBA Player of the Year Waiter Ray Williams Jr. reminded his fellow players and a national television audience of his extraordinary skills (in case there had been any doubt) in winning his 14th PBA title at the 35th annual $200,000 Showboat Invitational.

Fifth-seeded Williams, Stockton, Calif., powered past four opponents, including leading qualifier Pete Weber, 215-213, to collect the $37,000 first prize. In doing so, Williams not only picked up the largest check of his career, but thwarted Weber's bid to supplant Marshall Holman as PBA's all-time earnings leader.

In the dream match-up between two of bowling's "heavyweights," Williams opened with three strikes, while Weber struck and opened in his second frame before coming back with a triple. When Williams failed to convert the 4-6 split in his fifth frame, Weber pulled to within one pin but never took the lead, despite opting to finish the game first. Weber closed with a spare, double and nine in his ninth and 10th frames, but Williams was equal to the challenge and closed Weber out with a double, nine-spare.

Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center is the longest-tenured stop on the PBA Tour and the championship round of this 35th annual event started with Williams defeating George Branham III, Indianapolis, 247-220. Branham opened in his 10th frame with an opportunity to shut out Walter Ray, who also came from behind when third-seeded Dennis Jacques opened in his 10th frame. Williams closed with eight strikes and nine pins to advance against Jacques, 268-244.

In the semi-final game, both Williams and second-seeded Parker Bohn III struggled before Williams lined up for three late strikes and the win, 213-194. Bohn, Freehold, N.J., earned $11,000 for third place; Jacques, Monmouth Junction, N.Y. collected $9,000 for fourth and Branham $7,500.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA943 (4 games)$37,000
2Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO213 (1 game)19,000
3Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ194 (1 game)11,000
4Dennis Jacques, Monmouth Junction, NJ244 (1 game)9,000
5George Branham III, Indianapolis220 (1 game)7,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Wllliams defeated Branham 247-220; Williams defeated Jacques, 268-244; Williams defeated Bohn, 213-194; and in the championship game, Williams defeated Weber, 215-213.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 13276 237.7 9-15-0 270 13546 
2Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ 13032 232.7 15-9-0 450 13482 
3Dennis Jacques, Monmouth Jct., NJ 12777 228.2 14-8-2 450 13227 
4George Branham III, Indianapolis 12797 228.5 13-9-2 420 13217 
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 12770 228.0 13-11-0 390 13160 
#6Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 12691 226.6 15-8-1 465 13156 $6,500
@#7Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 12783 228.3 12-4-0 360 13143 3,750
8Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 12765 227.9 10-12-2 330 13095 5,000
9Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 12793 228.4 10-14-0 300 13093 4,500
10China Warren, Dallas 12750 227.7 11-13-0 330 13080 4,000
t11Tsuguo Tsukahara, Japan 12620 225.4 13-10-1 405 13025 3,600
t12Michael N n, Cheektowaga, NY 12599 224.9 14-10-0 420 13019 3,300
13Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY 12631 225.5 12-12-0 360 12991 3,000
#14Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 12615 225.3 11-11-2 360 12975 2,800
15Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 12639 225.7 8-15-1 255 12894 2,700
16Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 12510 223.4 12-11-1 375 12885 2,600
17Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX 12374 220.9 13-11-0 390 12764 2,500
18Tony Ament, Garfield, NJ 12296 219.6 12-12-0 360 12656 2,400
19Rudy Kasimakis, Levittown, NY 12310 219.8 11-13-0 330 12640 2,300
20Ricky Corona, Orange, CA 12260 218.4 11-11-2 360 12620 2,200
21Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 12325 220.1 9-15-0 270 12595 2,100
22Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 12234 218.5 9-14-1 285 12519 2,050
23Bob Learn Jr,, Erie, PA 12134 216.7 12-11-1 375 12509 2,000
24Brian LeClair Hudson, NY 12156 217.1 8-16-0 240 12396 1,950


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
@#25Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS$3,710
*26Harry Suit ins, Ann Arbor, MI1,710
27Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK1,600
28Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH1,570
29Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY1,550
30Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,530
31Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR1,510
#32Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL1,490
33Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,470
34Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS1,450
#35Frank Ellenbum, Chandler, AZ1,430
36Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA1,410
37Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,390
38Hugh Miller, Seattle1,370
39Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE1,360
40Mike Edwards, Okla. City, OK1,350
41Randy Bennet, McLeod, OK1,340
42Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY1,330
43Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,320
44Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL1,310
45Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,300
46Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NV1,290
47Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, CA1,280
48Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, NC1,270
49Mike Shady, Ripon. WI1,260
50Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City AZ1,250
51Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH1,235
 Mark McCullough, Columbus, OH1,235
53Bob Spaulding, Harrisburg, PA1,220
54Tom Crites, Loveland, CO1,210
55Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS1,200
56David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,190
57Rich Abboud, Omaha, NE1,180
58Bryon Smith, Winchester, OR1,170
59Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, MI1,160
60Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE1,150
61Steven Sonnen, Oak Creek, WI1,140
62Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,130
63Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA1,120
64Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,115

*-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Pete Weber, 7794. 24th place-Randy Pedersen, 7161. 64th place-Bob Vespi 6725. @-Steelsmith withdrew after 40 games and was replaced by Mike Miller. #-Kelly Coffman (2),Frank Ellenburg, Rick Steelsmith, Ricky Ward, Ken Wolcott, Pete Weber, Mike Miller and Randy Pedersen rolled300 game ($100 each) PRO-AM CASHERS-Dave Arnold, Randy Bonn.., George Branham III, Tom Crites, DaveDaus, Frank Ellenburg, Brian Himmler, Steve Hoskins, Jimmy Keeth, Bobby Knipple, Paul Koehler, Ty Lo-, JimmyJohnson Amleto Monacelli, Warren Nelson, Johnny Petraglia, Joe Salvemini, Rick Schissler, Greg Thomas, SteveWilson, Mark Williams and Dave Wodka ($50 each). t-Non-member.