Narrows Plaza Bowl, Tacoma, Wash., Jan 4-10, 1987

Ballard Sings To $100,000 Win

"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