Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan 18-24, 1987

Wagner Hits Showboat Jackpot

Kent Wagner won the war against Pete Weber, 268-190, and his first PBA championship in the $175,000 Showboat Invitational but lost his battle to shoot a perfect game and had to "settle" for the $33,000 first prize.

Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., collected strikes on his first eight balls in the championship game, but a stubborn 7-pin in the ninth frame ended his quest for the $100,000 perfect game bonus award from True Value Hardware Stores.

Weber, Florissant, Mo., ended as runnerup for the second time in as many 1987 tournaments but was pacified with the $17,000 check he received after winning three of his four matches. He is rapidly approaching his earnings total of 1986 ($75,150), having won more than $73,000 thus far in '87.

Wagner's victory spelled the end of a long streak of winless televised matches for him, breaking the drought after six championship round games, spanning five years. Wagner had captured the prestigious Bowlers Journal event at Showboat Bowling Center last summer, using a house ball, which gave him a degree of added confidence going into the finals.

Weber began the championship round by topping Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla., 196-184, and then edged fellow St. Louis-area pro Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo., 204-192. Weber collected the first five strikes in ousting another hometown friend, Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis, 255-226, which established the championship finalists.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.268 (1 game)$33,000
2Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.845 (4 games)17,000
3Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis226 (1 game)9,000
4Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.192 (1 game)7,000
5Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.184 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Weber defeated Westlake, 196-184; Weber defeated Lightfoot, 204-192; Weber defeated Morrow, 255-226; and in the championship game, Wagner defeated Weber, 268-190.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 12319 220.0 14-10-0 420 12739 
2Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 12216 218.1 12-12-0 360 12576 
3Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 12046 215.1 17-6-1 525 12571 
4Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 12113 216.3 15-9-0 450 12563 
#5Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 12136 216.7 12-10-2 390 12526 
#6Richard Bramwell, San Marcos, Calif. 12022 214.7 14-10-0 420 12442 $5,000
7Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 11960 213.6 15-9-0 450 12410 4,000
8Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 12026 214.8 12-12-0 360 12386 3,500
9Pete McCordic, Houston 12011 214.5 11-11-2 360 12371 3,000
10Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 11950 213.4 12-9-3 405 12355 2,800
#11Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y. 11909 212.7 14-9-1 435 12344 2,600
#12Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas 11936 213.1 12-10-2 390 12326 2,500
13Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 11906 212.6 12-12-0 360 12266 2,400
14Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 11879 212.1 11-12-1 345 12224 2,300
15Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 11884 212.2 10-13-1 315 12199 2,200
16Wayne Webb, Indianapolis 11774 210.3 12-12-0 360 12134 2,100
17Carmen Salvino, Chicago 11757 209.9 12-11-1 375 12132 2,000
18Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 11747 209.8 10-13-1 315 12062 1,900
19Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 11777 210.3 9-15-0 270 12047 1,800
20Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 11803 210.8 7-15-2 240 12043 1,700
21Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 11674 208.5 10-12-2 330 12004 1,600
#22Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 11776 210.3 7-16-1 225 12001 1,500
23Rick Brunori, Monroeville, Pa. 11619 207.5 11-13-0 330 11949 1,400
24Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich. 11568 206.6 7-17-0 210 11778 1,300


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.$1,133
*Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,253
27Guppy Troup, Tucker, Ga.1,110
28Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,100
29Eddy Kelley, Amarillo, Texas1,090
30Rey Perez, Cincinnati. Ohio.1,080
31Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,070
32Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo.1,060
33Bill Peters, Englewood, Ohio.1,050
34Tim Schwerdtfeger, Las Vegas, Nev.1,040
35Tim Albin, Hawthorne, Calif.1,030
36Steve Giljum, Crestwood, Mo.1,020
37Tom Milton. St. Petersburg, Fla.1,010
38Steve Marlin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,000
39David Ozio, Vidor, Texas990
40Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio980
41Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.965
 Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla.965
43Harry Sullins, Roseville. Mich.950
44Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.940
45Mike Aulby, Indianapolis925
 Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla.925
47Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.910
48Matt Surina, Tacoma, Wash.900
49Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela890
50Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.880
51Steve Cook, Roseville. Calif.870
52George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.860
53Butch Soper, Los Angeles, Calif.850
54Boo Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.840
55Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu, Ariz.830
56Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.820
57Jimmy Certain, Huntsville. Ala.810
58Mark Fahy, Chicago800
59Skip Tucker, Merrill Island, Fla.790
60Todd H. Thompson, Grand Terrace, Calif.780
61Ken Johnson, Lewisville, Texas770
62Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla.760
63Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calf.750
64John Mazza, Mt Clemens, Mich.740
65Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.730
66Gary Dickinson. Burleson, Texas720
67Hal Brendle, Blackfoot, Idaho710
68Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.700
69Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.690
70Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif.680
71Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.670
@72Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.660
73Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calf.650
74Nick Melnikoff, Pacifica, Calif.640
75Julian Herradon Jr., Fort Mitchell, Ky.630
76Dave Davis, Orlando, Fla.630
77Mark Baker. Garden Grove, Calif.630
 Chris Goddard, Zephyr Cove, Nev.630
79Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA630
80Troy Kendrick. Cypress, Calif.630
81Randy Johnson, Webster Groves, Mo.620
82Toby Contreras, Kansas City, Mo.620
83Jeff Levine, Tucson. Ariz.620
84Frank Ellenburg, Mesa. Ariz..620
85Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.620
86Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.610
87Don Sylvia, New Bedford, Mass.610
88Bob Permann, Hemet, Calif.610
89Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis.610
90Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.610

* - Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Kent Wagner, 7055. 24th place - Jeff Bellinger, 6770. 90th place Marshall Holman 6316 @ - Non-PBA member. # - Jack Jurek, Tony Westlake, Purvis Granger, Norm Duke and Richard Bramwell rolled 300 games ($100 each) PRO-AM CASHERS - Walter Ray Williams Jr., Dave Husted, Earl Anthony Pete Weber, Del Warren, Jon O'Drobinak, Storm DeVincent cent. Pete McCordic, Ron Palombi Jr., Les Zikes and Mike Edwards ($50 each). Gary Skidmore and George Pappas ($25 each).