Hilton Hotels Classic



$150,000 HILTON HOTELS CLASSIC
Reno Hilton Bowling Center, Reno, NV, Jul 8-12, 1994

Mazza Claims Fifth Title; Soper Perfect

Excitement reached a fever pitch in the first game and continued until John Mazza's last shot cleared the deck and locked up his victory in the $150,000 Hilton- Hotels Classic at Reno Hilton Lanes.

Mazza's 267-233 victory over Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Stockton, Calff., was nearly overshadowed by Butch Soper's opening 300 game.

Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz, was the first to work the capacity crowd Into a frenzy after his 12th ball scattered the pins for only the eighth perfect game in the 33-year history of the Pro Bowlers Tour telecasts comprising more than 5,000 games. Even though Williams knocked off Soper, 228-213, in the second game, Soper's fourth place money of $6,500 was bolstered with a $10,000 bonus from the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA).

Williams defeated former national champion Adam Apo, 244-235, in the semffinal to earn the shot against top-seed Mazza. Williams opened the title match with six strikes in a row and Mazza didn't like his chances. Then things changed.

What Williams did was leave the 2-4-5-8 "bucket" in the seventh and ninth' frames, while Mazza kept striking. Although Williams converted both spares, he fell too far behind and Maze's double In the 10th frame earned the $27,000 top prize for the lefty from Shelby Township, Mich.

The victim of Soper's perfection was Bob Benoit of Topeka, Kan. Benoit now has been on both sides of a televised perfect game having rolled one himself to win the 1986 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Williams added second-place money of $14,000 to his total. Apo, from Florrissant, Mo., took home $8,000 for third and Benoit, who good naturedly dabbed sweat from Soper's face after the 300, was consoled with $5,900 for his 236 effort in the face of perfection.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI267 (1 game)$27,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA705 (3 games)14,000
3Adam Apo, Florissant, MO235 (1 game)8,000
**4Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ513 (2 games)6,500
5Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS236 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Soper defeated Benoit, 300-236; Williams defeated Soper, 228-213; Williams defeated Apo, 244-235; and in the championship game, Mazza defeated Williams, 267-233. **-Soper receives $10,000 bonus from PBA for 300 game.

42 GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 10158 241.9 18-6-0 540 10698 
2Adam Apo, Florissant, MO 9776 232.8 18-6-0 540 10316 
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9729 231.6 18-6-0 540 10269 
4Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9766 232.5 13-9-2 420 10186 
5Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 9728 231.6 15-9-0 450 10178 
#6Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 9786 233.0 12-12-0 360 10146 $4,500
#7Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL 9786 233.0 11-13-0 330 10116 4,300
8Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9730 231.7 12-12-0 360 10090 4,100
9Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9664 230.1 12-11-1 375 10039 3,900
10Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, CA 9679 230.5 10-14-0 300 9979 3,700
11Scott Devers, Richmond, IN 9507 226.4 14-9-1 435 9942 3,500
12Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY 9433 224.6 15-9-0 450 9883 3,300
#13Kirk von Krueger, Pensacola, FL 9534 227.0 11-13-0 330 9864 3,100
#14Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL 9470 225.5 13-11-0 390 9860 2,950
15Dennis Jacques, Monmouth Junction, NJ 9524 226.8 10-14-0 300 9824 2,800
16Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9473 225.6 10-13-1 315 9788 2,650
17Joe Salvemini Las Vegas 9472 225.5 9-15-0 270 9742 2,500
18Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 9464 225.3 9-15-0 270 9734 2,350
#19Dennis Horan, San Diego, CA 9316 221.8 11-12-1 345 9661 2,200
20Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9383 223.4 9-15-0 270 9653 2,050
#21Ryan Shafer, Elmira NY 9358 222.8 8-16-0 240 9598 1,900
22Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9295 221.3 10-14-0 300 9595 1,750
23Brian Voss, Atlanta, GA 9322 222.0 9-15-0 270 9592 1,600
24Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 9255 220.4 8-16-0 240 9495 1,550

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25George Branham III, Indianapolis$1,450
26Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX1,310
27Michael Dias, Lafayette, CO1,290
28Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA1,270
29Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY1,250
30Bobby Knipple, Long Beach CA1,230
@31Felix Fines, Sacramento, CA1,220
32Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,210
33Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,200
34Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,185
 Billy Young, Tulsa, OK1,185
36Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,170
37Roger Haskell, Kent, WA1,155
 Jim Lee, Riverside, CA1,155
39Scott Alexander, Seattle1,140
40Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,130
41Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA1,120
42Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX1,110
43Jay Burgess, Houston, TX1,100
44Doug Wallace, Portland, OR1,090
45Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL1,080
46Brett Sterley, Springfield, MO1,070
47Brian Davis, Casselberry, FL1,060
48Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL1,050
49Chris Warren, Dallas1,040
50Derek Williams, Groves, TX1,030
51Jim Poulos, Pine Grove, CA1,020
52Marty Trendel, Elgin, IL1,010
53Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, MI1,000

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-John Mazza, 4425. 24th place-Dave Arnold, 4069. 53rd place--Charlie Standish, 3124. #-Bob Belmont, Ryan Shafer (2), Bob Vespi, Kelly Coffman, Kirk von Krueger (2), Mike Scroggins, Dennis Horan and John Mazza (2) rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bob Belmont, Hugh Miller, Scott Devers, Dave Wodka, Mike Shady, Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr., Tim Weisbrod and Dennis Horan ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.