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$150,000 LEISURE'S LONG ISLAND OPEN
Sayville Bowl, Sayville, N.Y., Mar 22-27, 1993
Dave Arnold Leisurely Rolls To 1st Title
The two biggest winners at the $150,000 Leisure's Long Island Open couldn't have been more different-and neither could have been happier when all was settled at Sayville Bowl. Six-foot, three-inch, 165-pound Dave Arnold rolled to his first PBA title by opening with eight strikes en route to a 268-259 win over Walter Ray Williams Jr. Arnold, Gilbert, Ariz., earned $30,000 for his victory, which also qualified him for the Tournament of Champions.
Five-foot, six-inch, 165-pound Ricky Ward of N. Fort Myers, Fla., continued to reign as "King of the Hill" by dispatching Arnold 269-265, for the $5,000 "winner-take-all" stakes. The four-game championship round also proved to be the highest scoring in PBA history, as the five bowlers averaged 254 to outscore the 1979 Fresno Open finals, which punched in at a 250 per game scoring pace. All told, 78.3 % of the shots thrown were strikes (71 total).
The unflappable Arnold ironically bumped his brother-in-law, Jess Stayrook, from the exclusive 52-man Firestone field.
Williams, Stockton, Calif., started the afternoon in exciting fashion when he was nearly perfect in crushing reigning BPAA U.S. Open champ Robert Lawrence, 299-245. A pesky 10-pin cost Williams the $100,000 perfect game bonus from True Value Hardware Stores, and two games later, the 1986 PBA Player of the Year had to settle for the $16,000 runnerup check.
Williams suffered no letdown following his impressive opening game, as he next defeated PBA President Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, 226-204. Aulby earned $8,000 for third place and Lawrence, Austin, Texas, collected $6,500 for fourth.
Pos. Name, City/State Total Amount
1 Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 268 (1 game) $30,000
2 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 784 (3 games) 16,000
3 Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 204 (1 game) 8,000
4 Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX 245 (1 game) 6,500
PLAYOFF RESULTS- Williams Jr. defeated Lawrence, 299-245; Williams Jr. defeated Aulby, 226-204; and in the championship game, Arnold defeated Williams Jr., 269-258. KING OF THE HILL- Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL, defeated Arnold, 269-265, for $5,000.