ARC Alameda Open
$125,000 ARC ALAMEDA OPEN
Mel's Southshore Bowl, Alameda, Calif., Dec 29-Jan 2, 1988
New Year Brings New Champion
Mike Jasnau opened the 1988 PBA Winter Tour in fine fashion and captured his first title, the $125,000 ARC Alameda Open, by ousting top-seeded Wayne Webb, 259-246, for the $18,000 first prize. Jasnau knocked off four opponents in gaining the championship at Mel's Southshore Bowl, averaging 247 en route and also qualified for the 1988 Firestone Tournament of Champions.
Jasnau, Wichita, Kan., is in his fourth year as a Touring Pro on the PBA Tour after a much-heralded collegiate career at Wichita State University. In the championship game, Jasnau opened with six strikes before sparing in the seventh frame to spoil his opportunity for a $100,000 perfect game bonus from True Value Hardware Stores. However, Webb kept close after sparing in the first and sixth frames and if not for a spare on his 10th frame shot, he could have shut out Jasnau.
Webb, making his second consecutive finals appearance, said, "I made a couple of bad shots and paid the penalty. My nerves got to me in the 10th frame and it hurts not to win after working so hard." Webb was the victim of Pete McCordic's historic 300 game on ABC-TV last January and felt the same fate in store for him against Jasnau.
Jasnau was solid in the pocket all afternoon of this 27th opening event of ABC Sports' annual Pro Bowlers Tour series and in his first game topped Harry Sullins, Sterling Heights, Mich., 234-191. Jasnau's good fortune was most evident in his next game against PBA President Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A., as he strung eight strikes, several via fortuitous 4-pin trips and prevailed, 263-216. He then bounced 1986 PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., 235-201, to establish the championship match.
PLAYOFF RESULTS - Jasnau defeated Sullins, 234-191; Jasnau defeated Schlegel, 263-216; Jasnau defeated Williams, 235-201; and in the championship game, Jasnau defeated Webb, 259-246. 56-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Joe Salvemini, 4009. 24th place - Bill Cooley, 3749. 47th place John Mazza and Eugene McCune, 3638. PRO-AM CASHERS - Dave Husted, Jim Tilton, Jimmy Certain, Rick Steelsmith, John Gant and Ray Edwards ($50 each). @ - Non-PBA member.
*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Joe Salvemini, 4009. 24th place - Bill Cooley, 3749. 47th place John Mazza and Eugene McCune, 3638. PRO-AM CASHERS - Dave Husted, Jim Tilton, Jimmy Certain, Rick Steelsmith, John Gant and Ray Edwards ($50 each). @ - Non-PBA member.