Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 3-9, 1985

Aulby Tops Cook In National; Battle Of PBA Brothers-In-Law

Just before the championship game in the $235,000 Toledo Trust PBA National Championship, a newsman was heard to remark, "It's one thing to keep it in the family, but this is ridiculous."

He was talking about the looming match between towering Steve Cook, and his smaller, but equally potent brother-in-law and pro bowler, Mike Aulby, who were about to meet and compete for $70,000 in the title game . . . $45,000 to the winner and $25,000 to the loser.

It was Aulby who came out on top, defeating Cook by a count of 253-211 and recording his second PBA National Championship, the first coming when he was only 21 and defeated Earl Anthony in 1979.

"I didn't feel anything too different about bowling Steve for the title," said Aulby afterward. "I was just thinking about winning my first game with Bob Handley and then maybe having a shot at the big one," he finished.

Aulby didn't get into action at Imperial Lanes until the third game. He waited until Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., disposed of Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, III., 189-171, and Handley then rolled into action with a booming 256-196 win over Husted.

Handley's next opponent was Aulby, and in one of the most thrilling matches ever televised by ABC Sports in Pro Bowlers Tour long history, Aulby toppled Handley, 223-222.

Aulby held a three-pin lead going into the ninth frame and then almost bowled himself out of it when he left a 6-7 split. Handley then blew a golden opportunity to take a commanding lead by leaving the 4-6-7-10 "big four" split. That meant the game would be decided in the 10th frame and Handley responded with a three-bagger, sitting down with 222. It left Aulby alone and needing a double and eight pins to win and he got the first two strikes. To the immense delight of the packed crowd and national television audience, he also got the needed eight pins for the edge.

As thrilling as it was, the title game was close through the fifth frame only with Aulby holding a 118-114 lead, but he then strung six more strikes for the resounding 253.

This marked the third time Imperial Lanes has hosted a PBA tourney finals in which brothers-in-law met in the final game. Dick Weber, St. Louis, defeated his late brother-in-law Norm Meyers twice, in 1971 and in 1973.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis476 (2 games)$45,000
2Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.211 (1 game)25,000
3Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.478 (2 games)15,000
4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.385 (2 games)10,000
5Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.171 (1 game)8,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Husted defeated Gibson, 189-171; Handley defeated Husted, 256-196; Aulby defeated Handley, 223-222; and in the championship game, Aulby defeated Cook, 253-211.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 12561 224.3 17-6-1 525 13086 
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 12310 219.8 17-7-0 510 12820 
3Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 12119 216.4 13-11-0 390 12509 
#4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 11999 214.2 16-7-1 495 12494 
5Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill. 12022 214.6 15-8-1 465 12487 
**6Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 12023 214.6 14-10-0 420 12443 $6,375
7Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 11986 214.0 13-10-1 405 12391 5,500
8Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore. 11984 214.0 13-11-0 390 12374 5,000
9Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla. 11903 212.5 14-10-0 420 12323 4,500
#10Joe Salvemini, Novato, Calif. 12077 215.6 7-17-0 210 122874000 
11John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa. 11942 213.2 11-13-0 330 12272 3,700
12Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 11790 210.5 14-10-0 420 12210 3,400
13Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 11784 210.4 14-10-0 420 12204 3,200
14Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs, Colo. 11902 212.5 10-14-0 300 12202 3,000
15Pete Weber, St. Louis 11755 209.9 11-13-0 330 12085 2,800
16Wayne Webb, Indianapolis 11776 210.2 10-14-0 300 12076 2,600
17Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 11713 209.1 11-12-1 345 12058 2,500
18Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 11675 208.4 12-11-1 375 12050 2,400
19Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 11661 208.2 9-15-0 270 11931 2,300
20Duane Fisher, Pennsauken, N.J. 11638 207.8 7-15-2 240 11878 2,200
21Jim Winklepleck, Portland, Ore. 11598 207.1 8-16-0 240 11838 2,100
22Del Warren, Rockledge, Fla. 11547 206.1 8-15-1 255 11802 2,000
23Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio 11461 204.6 9-14-1 285 11746 1,900
24Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 11424 204.0 10-14-0 300 11724 1,850


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Teata Semiz, Cedar Grove, N.J.$1,685
*26Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chino, Calif.1,745
27Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,620
28Jim Miller, Mesa, Ariz.1,600
29David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,580
30Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz.1,560
31Storm DeVincent, Tamarac, Fla.1,550
32Derek Banks, Chicago1,540
33Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,530
34Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore.1,520
35Jim Kirkpatrick, Toledo, Ohio1,510
36Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,500
37Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.1,490
38Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.1,480
39Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,470
40Bill Swanson, Wheeling, Ill.1,460
41Guppy Troup, Neptune Beach, Fla.1,450
42Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,440
43Harold Sullins, Roseville, Mich.1,430
44Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,420
45Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,410
46Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.1,400
47Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,385
 Jim Murtishaw, San Marcos, Calif.1,385
49Rick Sajek, Margate, Fla.1,370
50Howard Marshall, Baltimore, Md.1,360
51Bruce Carter, New Braunfels, Texas1,345
 Chuck Mogavero, Phoenix, Ariz.1,345
53Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,330
54Paul Moser, Brockton, Mass.1,320
55Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,310
56Mitch Jabczenski, Taylor, Mich.1,300
57Butch Soper, Huntington Beach, Calif.1,290
58Tom Hinz, Joliet, Ill.1,280
59Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio1,270
60Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio1,260

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Joe Salvemini, 7131. 60th place - Tim Weisbrod withdrew after 29 games, 5965. # - Dave Husted, Warren Nelson and Joe Salvemini rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Jim Poulos, Jim Miller, Randy Stoughton, John DiLutis, Gary Skidmore, Kevin Gillette, Henry Gonzalez, Tom Baker, Scott Devers, Art Trask, Dennis Jacques, Johnny Petraglia, Don Boyed, Paul Gibson, Randy Pedersen, Joe Berardi, BiII Peters, Dan Sheaks, Rick Sajek, Alan Granat, Teata Semiz, Ted Malicki, Allie Clarke and Rick Vittone ($50 each).