Austin Open



$115,000 AUSTIN OPEN
Westgate Lanes, Austin, Texas, Jul 10-15, 1987

10th Frame Heroics Lift Wagner

Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., became the third player on the 1987 PBA Tour to win two tournaments with a thrilling, 249-248, come-from-behind victory against Philip Ringener in the Austin Open.

Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., was the only PBA champion among the five finalists and needed three 10th-frame strikes to top Ringener, Big Spring, Texas, who had tossed two strikes and a nine count to force Wagner's clutch heroics.

The title game proved to be a classic battle with Wagner taking a 30-pin lead midway through with a four-bagger. When Wagner's string was broken by a solid 10 pin, Ringener began his own string of strikes in the sixth frame and carried every subsequent shot until leaving a 4-pin on his final roll in the 10th frame, giving Waver the opening he needed to pull out the victory.

The vocal Westgate audience was treated to exciting contests in all four matches. In the first game of the ESPN televised finals, Pete McCordic, Houston, topped second-year pro Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La., 263-230. The third Texan in the field, Chris Warren of Dallas, then entered the fray and disposed of McCordic, 224-187. Warren was backed by a cheering section consisting of his mother, five brothers and 15 other animated supporters rooting for him in his first championship round appearance, but they were not enough to halt Wagner in the semifinal game, and Warren bowed, 227-189.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.476 (2 games)$16,000
2Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas248 (1 game)8,250
3Chris Warren, Dallas413 (2 games)6,000
4Pete McCordic, Houston450 (2 games)5,000
5Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.230 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - McCordic defeated Granger, 263-230; Warren defeated McCordic, 224-187; Wagner defeated Warren, 227-189; and in the championship game, Wagner defeated Ringener, 249-248.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 9048 215.4 19-5-0 570 9618 
2Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 9103 216.7 13-10-1 405 9508 
3Chris Warren, Dallas 8940 212.9 18-6-0 540 9480 
4Pete McCordic, Houston 9081 216.2 11-13-0 330 9411 
5Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 8934 212.7 14-10-0 420 9354 
6Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 8855 210.8 16-8-0 480 9335 $3,500
7Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 8927 212.5 13-11-0 390 9317 3,000
8Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind. 8811 209.8 14-10-0 420 9231 2,800
9Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 8805 209.6 13-11-0 390 9195 2,600
10Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 8831 210.3 12-12-0 360 9191 2,400
#11Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 8789 209.3 13-11-0 390 9179 2,300
12Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 8795 209.4 12-12-0 360 9155 2,200
13Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8846 210.6 10-14-0 300 9146 2,100
14Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 8792 209.3 11-13-0 330 9122 2,000
15Todd Koller, El Cajon, Calif., 8782 209.1 11-13-0 330 9112 1,900
16Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 8676 206.6 13-11-0 390 9066 1,800
17Bobby Jacks, Hayward, Calif. 8728 207.8 11-13-0 330 9058 1,700
18Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla. 8662 206.2 13-11-0 390 9052 1,600
19Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8665 206.3 12-12-0 360 9025 1,500
20Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 8698 207.1 9-15-0 270 8968 1,450
21Mark Fahy, Chicago 8616 205.1 9-15-0 270 8886 1,400
22Bob Benoit, Dallas 8515 202.7 8-15-1 255 8770 1,350
23Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif. 8478 201.9 8-16-0 240 8718 1,300
24Richard Bramwell, Escondido, Calif. 8187 194.9 4-20-0 120 8307 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Bryan Alpert, Woodland Hills, Calif.$1,200
26Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich.1,080
27Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,045
 Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,045
29Dennis Jacques, Merritt Island, Fla.1,030
30Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,020
31Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,010
32Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas1,000
33Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio985
 Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich.985
35Ulf Bolleby, Sweden970
36Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.960
37Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.945
 Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.945
39David Rosenburg, Rolla, Mo.930
40Andrew Neuer, E. Longmeadow, Mass.920
41John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich.905
 Bart Moury, Seattle, Wash.905
43Dan Stray, Austin, Texas890
44Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla.880
45Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.870
46Duane Troxler, Slidell, La.860
47Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.845
 Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.845
49Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.830
50Jeff Miller, Canal Winchester, Ohio820
51Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas810
52Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.800
53Larry Stephens, Los Angeles395
 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.395

18-game qualifying leader - Kent Wagner, 3881. 24th place - Mark Fahy, Bryan Alpert and Bob Chamberlain, 3694. Fahy (206) defeated Alpert (194) and Chamberlain (189) to qualify for match play. * - Alpert served as match play alternate. 53rd place - Larry Stephens and Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3612. # - Leroy Bornhop rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Jimmy Certain, Dennis Jacques, Guppy Troup, Del Ballard Jr., Bob Learn Jr. and Dennis Rakauskas ($50 each).