Kessler Open



$127,500 KESSLER OPEN
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jun 12-17, 1987

Mark Baker In Comeback Win

Mark Baker, frustrated five previous times from the top-seeded position and recovering from a career threatening back injury, powered his way to his third PBA title with a 257-233 title game victory against David Ozio in the $127,500 Kessler Open.

Baker, 26, from Garden Grove, Calif., who has been hampered by ligament damage in his lower back since finishing second in the 1986 Firestone Tournament of Champions, earned a ticket back to that tournament by striking in eight of the first nine frames of the championship match at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.

Ozio, Vidor, Texas, matched Baker with three straight strikes to start the match but was plagued by 10-pins in the fourth and sixth frames. Despite difficulties in carrying on the left lane throughout the evening, Ozio had worked his way past John Gant, Independence, Ky., 203-195, and Northern California lefthander Rusty Greiner, Richmond, 236-184, to earn a shot at the championship. Gant, shooting for his second title of the year, eliminated John Forst, Woodridge, III., 212-203, in the opening game of the stepladder finals.

Baker had rolled 774 in his final three games of qualifying to earn 19th spot in match play. From there he climbed his way to the top, replacing Ozio who had led the tournament most of the way.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.257 (1 game)$18,000
2David Ozio, Vidor, Texas672 (3 games)9,500
3Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif.193 (1 game)7,000
4John Gant, Independence, Ky.407 (2 games)5,500
5John Forst, Woodridge, Ill.203 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Gant defeated Forst, 212-203; Ozio defeated Gant, 203-195; Ozio defeated Greiner, 236-193; and in the championship game, Baker defeated Ozio, 257-233.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9248 220.2 15-9-0 450 9698 
2Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif. 9274 220.8 13-11-0 390 9664 
3David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9333 222.2 10-12-2 330 9663 
4John Gant, Independence, Ky. 9162 218.1 16-8-0 480 9642 
+5John Forst, Woodridge, III. 9107 216.9 15-9-0 450 9557 
+6Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif. 9122 217.2 14-9-1 435 9557 $4,000
7Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9050 215.5 14-10-0 420 9470 3,600
8Danny Broadway, Houston 9073 216.0 13-11-0 390 9463 3,150
 Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif. 9043 215.3 13-9-2 420 9463 3,150
10Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 9076 216.1 12-12-0 360 9436 2,800
11Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9023 214.8 11-10-3 435 9398 2,600
12Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 8942 212.9 14-10-0 420 9362 2,400
13Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 8970 213.6 13-11-0 390 9360 2,200
14Derek Banks, Chicago 8899 211.9 13-11-0 390 9289 2,050
#Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8959 213.3 11-13-0 330 9289 2,050
16Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N. M. 8998 214.2 9-15-0 270 9268 1,900
17Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas 8852 210.8 13-10-1 405 9257 1,800
18John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 8965 213.5 8-16-0 240 9205 1,700
19Anthony Figuiera, Waianae, Hawaii 8889 211.6 10-14-0 300 9189 1,600
20Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 8829 210.2 9-15-0 270 9099 1,550
21Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif. 8683 206.7 11-13-0 330 9013 1,500
22Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 8724 207.7 8-15-1 255 8979 1,450
23Brad Bohling, Brighton, Colo. 8646 205.9 10-14-0 300 8946 1,400
24Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis. 8646 205.9 8-16-0 240 8886 1,350

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.$1,165
*26Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,305
27David Rosenburg, Rolla, Mo.1,150
28Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,140
29Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,130
30Dennis Rakauskas, Clarks Summit, Pa.1,120
31Jeff Miller, Canal Winchester, Ohio1,110
32Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla.1,100
33Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,090
34Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.1,080
35Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,070
36Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,055
 Harry Sullins, Roseville, Mich.1,055
38Jon O'Drobinak, Chicago1,040
39Casey Berry, Albuquerque, N.M.1,020
 Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.1,020
 Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.1,020
42Steve Larson, Manteca, Calif.995
 Nick Melnikoff, Pacifica, Calif.995
44Mike White, Downey, Calif.980
45Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla.970
46Andy Neuer, E. Longmeadow, Mass.960
47Joe Salvemini, Branford, Conn.950
48Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.940
49Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.920
 Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio920
 Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.920
52Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H.900
53Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.890

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - David Ozio, 4254. 24th place - Derek Banks, 3857. 53rd place Sam Maccarone, 3758. + - John Forst and Eric Forkel tied for fifth place and Forst won the roll-off, 226-179, to advance to the championship round. # - Bill Swanson and Mike Edwards rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Ted Hannahs, Casey Berry, Jon O'Drobinak, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli and Jim Murtishaw ($50 each).