"Wrap it up, I'll take it," were the words to the song Del Ballard Jr. kept repeating to himself en route to his first national tour victory in the $500,000 Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open, worth a record $100,000 to the winner. Ballard topped top-seeded Pete Weber, 247-209, at Narrows Plaza Bowl for his first Professional Bowlers Association championship in the richest pro bowling tournament ever.
Weber, who led the 240-man field made up of 144 leading PBA members and 96 Bowling Proprietors' Association tion of America (BPAA) league qualifiers, received $55,000 as runnerup, which was larger than any previous professional bowling winner's check.
Ballard, Richardson, Texas, opened with a spare and three strikes. Weber, Florissant, Mo., failed to double until the 10th frame, but by then Ballard had built an insurmountable lead.
Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., a two-time BPAA U.S. Open winner, opened the championship round by tossing 11 strikes to oust Gary Dickinson, the 1983 Open champ, 265-190. Holman, a 20-time PBA titlist, then bowed to Akron, Ohio's Ron Bell, 230-203. Ballard then entered the fray and on the strength of 10 strikes, defeated Bell, 278-187, and advanced to the lucrative title game.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbzpzl3yV_k&fmt=6
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaGW8KT-9fs&fmt=6