Greater Buffalo Open



$115,000 GREATER BUFFALO OPEN
Thruway Lanes, Cheektowaga, N.Y., Jul 31-Aug 5, 1987

Roth Nearly Perfect In Buffalo

Mark Roth, a perennial contender in this event, used a 299 game and a 785 three-game series to capture his 33rd career PBA title and the $16,000 top prize in the $115,000 Greater Buffalo Open.

Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J., routed top-seeded Chris Warren, Dallas, 259-215, in the title game after beginning his championship round action with a 299-202 romp against George Branham III. A "soft" 10-pin on his final shot kept Roth from adding the $25,000 True Value perfect game bonus to his earnings.

The ESPN televised championship round began with George Branham III, San Diego, Calif., running his championship finals record to 8-0 in defeating Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla., 227-212. Branham's win skein then stopped in dramatic fashion as Roth put together eleven strikes in a row for his second career 299 game in PBA championship round action.

Next up for Roth was Parker Bohn Ill, Freehold, N.J., one of the hottest bowlers on tour and the battle between the New Jersey pros was nip and tuck. Roth needed a 10th frame double and an eight count and responded by notching the closing three-bagger to prevail, 227-224.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.785 (3 games)$16,000
2Chris Warren, Dallas215 (1 game)8,250
3Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.224 (1 game)6,000
4George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.429 (2 games)5,000
5Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.212 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Branham defeated Sliker, 227-212; Roth defeated Branham, 299-202; Roth defeated Bohn, 227-224; and in the championship game, Roth defeated Warren, 259-215.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Chris Warren, Dallas 9586 228.2 18-5-1 555 10141 
2Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9483 225.8 15-9-0 450 9933 
3Mark Roth, Spring Lakes Hts., N.J. 9303 221.5 16-8-0 480 9783 
4Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla. 9340 222.4 13-11-0 390 9730 
5George Branham III, San Diego, Calif. 9289 221.2 14-9-1 435 9724 
#6Pete Weber, St. Louis 9305 221.5 12-11-1 375 9680 $3,500
7Wayne Webb, Merritt Island, Fla. 9268 220.7 13-11-0 390 9658 3,000
8Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas 9265 220.6 13-11-0 390 9655 2,800
9Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9338 222.4 10-14-0 300 9638 2,600
10Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 9165 218.3 15-9-0 450 9615 2,400
11Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 9205 219.2 12-11-1 375 9580 2,300
12Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 9261 220.5 10-14-0 300 9561 2,200
13Jimmy Keeth, West Palm Beach, Fla. 9135 217.5 13-11-0 390 9525 2,100
14Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 9070 216.0 15-9-0 450 9520 2,000
15Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 9180 218.6 9-14-1 285 9465 1,900
16Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 9154 218.0 10-14-0 300 9454 1,800
17Mats Karlsson, Sweden 9096 216.6 11-13-0 330 9426 1,650
 Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9216 219.4 7-17-0 210 9426 1,650
19Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 9078 215.1 11-13-0 330 9408 1,500
20Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla. 9028 215.0 12-12-0 360 9388 1,400
21Magic Gray, Morningside, Md. 9113 217.0 8-15-1 255 9368 1,350
22Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8985 213.9 8-15-1 255 9240 1,300
23Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 8926 212.5 9-14-1 285 9211 1,275
24Andrew Neuer, E. Longmeadow, Mass. 8697 207.1 10-14-0 300 8997 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.$1,095
26John Hricsina Sr., Franklin, Pa.1,060
27Chris Goddard, Lake Tahoe, Nev.1,030
*28Mike Fiedler, Lockport, N.Y.1,120
29Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis990
30Brian LeClair, Chatham, N.Y.980
31Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.970
32Mark Glover, Woodridge, Va.960
33Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan.950
34Billy Yinger, Arlington, Texas940
35Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio930
36Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis920
37Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind.910
38Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio890
 Dennis Jacques, Merritt Island, Fla.890
 Rudy Kasimakis, Hicksville, N.Y.890
41Jeff Schaeffer, O'Fallon, Mo.870
42Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis860
43Paul Renteria, Tucson, Ariz.850
44Ricky Corona, Diamond Bar, Calif.840
45Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y.830
46Ken Johnson, Lewisville, Texas815
 Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.815
48Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.800
49James Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.785
 Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio785
51Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.770
52Butch Soper, Windsor, Ont., Can.760
53Dan Eberl, Tonawanda, N.Y.750

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Gil Sliker, 4137. 24th place - Mark Baker, 3948. 53rd place -Dan Eberl, 3849. # - Pete Weber, Mark Williams, Sean Heath and Chris Warren rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Pete McCordic, Todd Agee, Dennis Jacques, Wayne Webb, Mats Karlsson, Ryan Shafer, Ron Williams, Mark Williams, Tom Laskow, Jim Pencak, John Hricsina Jr., Del Warren, Rick Brunori and Brian Voss ($50 each).