PBA Bowling Tour: 1985 Season

This is a recap of the 1985 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 27th season, and consisted of 34 events. Mike Aulby had to defeat his brother-in-law, Steve Cook, in the final match to take the title in the Toledo Trust PBA National Championship.[1] This was just one of six titles that Aulby won on the season, earning him 1985 PBA Player of the Year honors. Aulby also became the first PBA Player to ever cash more than $200,000 in season earnings, as he took home $201,200 on the year.[2]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1985 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 7 – December 7, 1985
PBA Tour
Season MVPMike Aulby
PBA Tour seasons

Marshall Holman became the first multiple winner of the modern-day BPAA U.S. Open. He had also won this event in 1981.[3] Mark Williams made his first appearance in the Firestone Tournament of Champions, and took the title for his first major.[4]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
AC-Delco Classic Union Square Lanes Union City, California Dec 31 – Jan 5 Mike Aulby (7)
Greater Los Angeles Open Gable House Bowl Torrance, California Jan 7–12 Steve Martin (7)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 14–19 Pete Weber (5)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Jan 21–26 Mike Durbin (14)
Lite Beer Classic Don Carter's Kendall Lanes Miami, Florida Jan 29 – Feb 2 Pete Weber (6)
BPAA U.S. Open Galaxy Lanes Venice, Florida Feb 3–9 Marshall Holman (18)
AMF Angle Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Feb 12–16 David Ozio (1)
True Value Open Landmark Plaza Recreation Center Peoria, Illinois Feb 18–23 Ted Hannahs (3)
Lite Beer Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Feb 26 – Mar 2 Ernie Schlegel (4)
Toledo Trust PBA National Championship Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Mar 3–9 Mike Aulby (8)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Mar 11–16 Don Genalo (4)
Lite Beer Championship Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 18–23 Wayne Webb (15)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Woodlawn Baltimore, Maryland Mar 25–30 Wayne Webb (16)
Old Spice Classic Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Apr 1–6 Mike Aulby (9)
Pat Boone Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Apr 8–13 Mark Williams (2)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 16–20 Mark Williams (3)
Denver Open Celebrity Sports Center Denver, Colorado Jun 7–12 Mike Aulby (10)
Seattle Open Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 14–19 Dennis Jacques (2)
Kessler Open Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Dublin, California Jun 21–26 Tony Cariello (1)
Showboat Doubles Classic Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jun 27 – Jul 1 Mike Aulby (11),
Steve Cook (8)
Southern California Open Town Square Lanes Riverside, California Jul 5–10 Dennis Jacques (3)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 12–17 David Ozio (2)
Austin Open Highland Lanes Austin, Texas Jul 19–24 Guppy Troup (8)
Hammer Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Jul 26–31 Bob Chamberlain (2)
Molson Golden Bowling Challenge Rose Bowl Lanes Windsor, Ontario Aug 2–7 Billy Young, Jr. (1)
Greater Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Aug 9–14 Gary Skidmore (5)
Columbia Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Super Bowl Lanes Erlanger, Kentucky Aug 16–21 Les Zikes (3),
Steve Wunderlich (1)
Japan Cup Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Oct 3–6 Ken Taniguchi (1)
Kodak Invitational Marcel's Olympic Bowl Rochester, New York Oct 28 – Nov 2 Marshall Holman (19)
Budweiser Open Taylor Lanes Taylor, Michigan Nov 4–9 Pete Weber (7)
True Value Open Woodland Bowl Indianapolis, Indiana Nov 11–16 Darryl Bower (1)
Brunswick Memorial World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 16–23 Mike Aulby (12)
Budweiser Classic Columbus Square Bowling Palace Columbus, Ohio Nov 25–30 Tom Baker (6)
Touring Players Championship Stardust Lanes Saginaw, Michigan Dec 2–7 Dave Husted (3)


  1. ^ "1985 Toledo Trust PBA National Championship". PBA.
  2. ^ "Annual PBA Money Leaders". HickokSports.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  3. ^ "1985 BPAA U.S. Open". PBA.
  4. ^ "1985 Firestone Tournament of Champions". PBA.

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