AC-Delco Classic



$150,000 AC-DELCO CLASSIC
Gable House Bowl, Torrance, Calif., Jan 11-16, 1988

Berardi Charges To AC-Delco Title

Joe Berardi admittedly was the recipient of several turns of good fortune en route to his 248-227 victory against Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the $150,000 AC-Delco Classic. This was Berardi's first singles title since capturing the 1983 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

In collecting the $27,000 first prize and his seventh PBA championship, Berardi said, "I've always believed patience is genius in disguise."

Against leading qualifier Williams, Stockton, Calif., Berardi carried a pair of key crossover hits in opening with a triple and stringing a four late in their game. Williams was making his third consecutive cham-pionship finals appearance and stayed close on the strength of his own four-bagger mid-game. Williams struck in his ninth but left a solid 10-pin on his next shot, relieving the pressure Berardi would have faced in order to clinch. Instead, Berardi just needed a nine-count for the victory.

In the opening game of the ABC Sports' telecast Mark Roth, Spring Lakes Hts., N.J., downed non-winner Jim Pencak, Richmond Heights, Ohio, 207-170. Next up for Roth was traveling partner and roommate Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y., who benefited early from a "hometown" crossover carry while Roth struggled and finally fell, 212-182. Berardi's good fortunes continued against Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo., who pounded the pocket but was stung by solid single-pin leaves four times and he bowed, 258-199.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.718 (3 games)$27,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.227 (1 game)14,000
3Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.199 (1 game)8,500
4Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.389 (2 games)7,000
5Jim Pencak, Richmond Heights, Ohio170 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Roth defeated Pencak, 207-170; Berardi defeated Roth, 212-182; Berardi defeated Weber, 258-199; and in the championship game, Berardi defeated Williams, 248-227.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9715 231.3 16-8-0 480 10195 
#2Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9510 226.4 13-11-0 390 9900 
3Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9408 224.0 13-10-1 405 9813 
4Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9445 224.9 12-12-0 360 9805 
5Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 9351 222.6 14-10-0 420 9771 
6Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 9387 223.5 12-11-1 375 9762 $5,000
7Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 9307 221.6 15-9-0 450 9757 4,000
8Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 9312 221.7 14-10-0 420 9732 3,600
9Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 9314 221.8 13-11-0 390 9704 3,200
10Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 9302 221.5 12-12-0 360 9662 3,000
11Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9219 219.5 14-10-0 420 9639 2,800
12Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 9352 222.7 9-14-1 285 9637 2,600
13James A. Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz. 9153 217.9 14-8-2 450 9603 2,500
14Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis. 9242 220.0 11-13-0 330 9572 2,400
15Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 9283 221.0 9-14-1 285 9568 2,300
16Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9120 217.1 14-10-0 420 9540 2,200
17Mats Karlsson, Sweden 9189 218.8 11-12-1 345 9534 2,100
18Michael Karch, Tacoma, Wash. 9067 215.9 13-11-0 390 9457 2,000
19Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 9151 217.9 10-14-0 300 9451 1,900
20Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 9094 216.5 11-13-0 330 9424 1,800
21Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif. 9121 217.2 10-14-0 300 9421 1,700
22Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8997 214.2 9-15-0 270 9267 1,600
23Tim Schwerdtfeger, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 8836 210.4 8-15-1 255 9091 1,550
24Jim Tilton, Huntington Beach, Calif. 8865 211.1 7-17-0 210 9075 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.$1,480
26Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan.1,340
27Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif.1,320
28Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill.1,300
29Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,280
30David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,260
31Troy Kendrick, Cypress, Calif.1,250
32Joe Salvemini, Colo. Springs, Colo.1,240
#33Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,230
34Del Ballard Jr.. Richardson, Texas1,220
35Gene Carter Jr., Glen Mills, Pa.1,210
36Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,195
 Marshall Holman. Medford, Ore.1,195
38Todd H. Thompson, Reno. Nev.1,180
39Nick Melnikoff, Pacifica, Calif.1,170
40Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla.1,160
41Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,150
42Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.1,140
43Don Moser, Santa Clara, Calif.1,130
44Kipp Mayo, Kansas City, Kan.1,120
45Mark Fahy, Chicago1,110
46Dave Frame, San Gabriel, Calif.1,100
47Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.1,090
48Brian Voss, Seattle, Wash.1,080
49David D'Entremont, Cleveland1,070
50Toby Contreras, Kansas City, Mo.1,060
51Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,050
52Wayne Webb, Waco, Texas1,040
53Steve Wunderlich. St. Louis1,030

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Bob Handley and Pete Weber, 4170. 23rd place - Dave Arnold and Mats Karlsson, 3949 53rd place - Steve Wunderlich, 3844. # - Mark Williams, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. rolled perfect games ($100 each) PRO-AM CASHERS - Amleto Monacelli, Harry Sullins, Randy Lightfoot, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Mike Taylor and Marshall Holman ($50 each).