Swede Lavers, top-seeded after the qualifying rounds, defeated Wes Hamner, 154-128, in the title game to win the $2,200 first prize in the Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association Tournament at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, R.I.
Hamner, second in Division C with 763 pins, won three up-the-ladder matches before falling to Lavers, who had the high qualifying total of 803 pins in winning Division A.
Hamner defeated Mark Hamilton, the Division C winner, 168-120; Dale Guess, the Division D winner, 204-140; and Don Dove, the Division B champ, 160-134, before losing to Lavers. Hamner took home the second prize of $1,100. Dove pocketed $635, Guess $525 and Hamilton $475.
Bob Sistare had the high game of the tournament, 210, followed by Bob Prando with 207.
The next DPBA event will be the annual Masters Tournament at Fair Lanes Middlesex in Baltimore, Nov. 8-10.
The U.S. Youth Duckpin Invitational Championship will be held at Fair Lanes Middlesex Nov. 10 in conjunction with the DPBA's Masters Tournament.
Defending champion Chuck King, 21, of Abingdon, who has a high set of 519, 141 average and high game of 216, will face Mark Sheelor, 21, of Silver Spring, 131 average, 207 game and 481 set, in one men's semifinal and Erik Pellett, 18, of East Hartford, Conn., 136 average, 205 game and 557 set, will bowl against Danny Church, 16, of Plantsville, Conn., 133 average, 200 game and 491 set, in the other semifinal.
On the women's side, Diane Hobbs, 17, of Baltimore, 124 average, 175 game and 451 set, will roll against Lauree Simpson, Lorton, Va., 132 average, 208 game and 495 set, in one semifinal, and Amy Bisson, 13, of Plainville, Conn., 128 average, 179 game and 491 set, will meet her sister, Sue Bisson, 18, 125 average, 194 game and 476 set, in the other semifinal.
Tournament director Frank Applestein said the event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and the matches will be taped for broadcast on Home Team Sports.