PBA Bowling Tour: 1987 Season

This is a recap of the 1987 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 29th season, and consisted of 33 events.

PBA Bowling Tour: 1987 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 4 – December 5, 1987
PBA Tour
Season MVPMarshall Holman
PBA Tour seasons

Del Ballard, Jr. won his first PBA title at the historic U.S. Open sponsored this season by Seagram's Coolers. The tourney offered a $500,000 prize fund and $100,000 first prize—both PBA records. Even Pete Weber's second place check of $55,000 in this event was higher than the previous record first prize of $50,000 set in 1986.[1]

Randy Pedersen took the title in the Toledo Trust PBA National Championship. At the Firestone Tournament of Champions, winner Pete Weber became the youngest bowler ever to reach 10 career titles (24 years, 247 days).[2]

While he didn't go on to win the tournament, Pete McCordic made history at the Greater Los Angeles Open by firing a 300 game in the opening match of the finals. It was the PBA's fourth-ever nationally televised perfect game, and the first since 1974.[3]

Marshall Holman won the PBA Player of the Year vote despite not winning a title—a PBA first. The 20-time titlist did lead the Tour in average and a few other statistical categories.[4]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open Narrows Plaza Bowl Tacoma, Washington Jan 4–10 Del Ballard, Jr. (1)
AC-Delco Classic Union Square Lanes Union City, California Jan 12–16 George Branham III (2)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 18–24 Kent Wagner (1)
Greater Los Angeles Open Gable House Bowl Torrance, California Jan 26–31 Mats Karlsson (2)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Feb 2–7 Brian Voss (3)
Lite Beer Classic Don Carter's Kendall Lanes Miami, Florida Feb 9–14 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. (4)
Bowler's Journal Florida Open Galaxy Lanes Venice, Florida Feb 16–21 Jim Murtishaw (1)
True Value Open Landmark Plaza Recreation Center Peoria, Illinois Feb 23–28 John Gant (2)
Lite Beer Championship Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 2–7 Tom Milton (4)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Mar 9–14 Jimmie Pritts, Jr. (3)
Miller Lite Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Mar 16–21 Dave Ferraro (2)
Toledo Trust PBA National Championship Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Mar 22–28 Randy Pedersen (2)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Capital Plaza Washington, DC Mar 30 – Apr 4 Randy Pedersen (3)
Showboat Atlantic City Open Atlantic City Showboat Lanes Atlantic City, New Jersey Apr 6–11 Tom Crites (2)
Greater Hartford Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Apr 13–18 Bob Handley (4)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 21–25 Pete Weber (10)
Showboat Doubles Classic Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jun 6–10 Joe Firpo (1),
Del Warren (2)
Kessler Open Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Dublin, California Jun 12–17 Mark Baker (3)
Columbia 300 Open Skyway Park Bowl Seattle, Washington Jun 19–24 Parker Bohn III (1)
Southern California Open Town Square Lanes Riverside, California Jun 26 – Jul 1 Brian Voss (4)
Miller Lite Challenge Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 3–8 Scott Devers (1)
Austin Open Westgate Lanes Austin, Texas Jul 10–15 Kent Wagner (2)
Hammer Open Boulevard Bowl Edmond, Oklahoma Jul 17–22 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. (5)
Kessler Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Red Carpet Lanes Green Bay, Wisconsin Jul 25–29 Mickey Spiezio (1),
Rowdy Morrow (1)
Greater Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Jul 31 – Aug 5 Mark Roth (32)
Molson Golden Bowling Challenge Rose Bowl Lanes Windsor, Ontario Aug 7–12 Harry Sullins (2)
Number 7 PBA Invitational AMF O'Connor Bowl West Toronto, Ontario Aug 17-19 Mark Roth (33)
Japan Cup Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Sep 10–14 Amleto Monacelli (1)
Kodak Invitational Marcel's Olympic Bowl Rochester, New York Oct 26–31 Scott Devers (2)
True Value Open Woodland Bowl Indianapolis, Indiana Nov 2–7 Ron Palombi, Jr. (2)
Brunswick Memorial World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 7–14 Del Ballard, Jr. (2)
Budweiser Classic Columbus Square Bowling Palace Columbus, Ohio Nov 23–28 Leroy Bornhop (1)
Budweiser Touring Players Championship Taylor Lanes Taylor, Michigan Nov 30 – Dec 5 Tom Crites (3)


  1. ^ "1987 Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open". PBA.
  2. ^ "1987 Firestone Tournament of Champions". PBA.
  3. ^ "1987 Greater Los Angeles Open". PBA.
  4. ^ "1987 Budweiser Touring Players Championship". PBA.

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