Quaker State Open



$150,000 QUAKER STATE OPEN
Forum Bowling Lanes, Grand Prairie, Texas, Jan 18-23, 1988

Benoit: The "Perfect" Champion

In the ultimate fairy tale finish, Bob Benoit, appearing in his first PBA championship round, tossed a 300 game in defeating Mark Roth, 300-255, for a record $127,000 payday in the $150,000 Quaker State Open.

In addition to the $27,000 Quaker State first prize, Benoit collected a $100,000 bonus from True Value Hardware Stores for his perfect game heroics. As if that were not accomplishment enough for the eight-year pro, minutes after he defeated the PBA's career money leader ABC Sports named Benoit co-Athlete of the Week, along with downhill skier Alberto Tomba.

Benoit's 300 game was just the fifth in 27 years of PBA televised finals (spanning nearly 5,000 games) and was the first to occur in the title match. Additionally ironic was Benoit's triumphant return to host Forum Bowling Lanes, where he had bowled in league activity for 11 years before relocating to Topeka, Kan.

Roth was appearing in his third consecutive championship round and looked invincible entering the championship match-up. After disposing of roommate, Berardi, 223-212, in the semifinal, Roth was eager to notch his 34th PBA title and second Quaker State crown against the inexperienced Benoit.

"I wouldn't have liked my chances going into this game knowing I would have to top Mark Roth and his 255 game to win my first title in my first TV appearance," Benoit understated afterwards. The afternoon's competition began with defending Quaker State champion Brian Voss, coming from behind to down Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis, 258-248. Voss, Tacoma, Wash., then bowed to Berardi, 196-171, before Roth entered the fray.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.300 (1 game)$27,000
2Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.478 (2 games)14,000
3Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.408 (2 games)8,000
4Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.429 (2 games)6,500
5Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis248 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS- Voss defeated Wunderlich, 258-248; Berardi, defeated Voss, 196-171; Roth defeated Berardi, 223-212; and in the championship game, Benoit defeated Roth, 300-255.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 9343 222.5 19-5-0 570 9913 
2Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9261 220.5 18-6-0 540 9801 
3Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9084 216.3 15-8-1 465 9549 
4Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 8932 212.7 16-7-1 495 9427 
5Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 9006 214.4 13-11-0 390 9396 
6Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 8927 212.5 11-12-1 345 9272 $4,500
7Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio 8873 211.3 13-11-0 390 9263 4,000
8Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8846 210.6 13-10-1 405 9251 3,500
9Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 8885 211.5 12-12-0 360 9245 3,200
10Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla. 8851 210.7 12-11-1 375 9226 3,000
11Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8910 212.1 10-14-0 300 9210 2,800
12Steve Anderson, Colo. Springs, Colo. 8818 210.0 13-11-0 390 9208 2,600
13Jeff Miller, Canal Winchester, Ohio 8817 209.9 13-11-0 390 9207 2,400
14Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 8835 210.4 11-13-0 330 9165 2,300
15Chris Warren, Dallas 8834 210.3 11-13-0 330 9164 2,200
16Alvin Kiemele, Vancouver, Wash. 8806 209.7 11-13-0 330 9136 2,100
17Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8803 209.6 11-13-0 330 9133 2,000
18Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 8698 207.1 13-11-0 390 9088 1,900
19Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8845 210.6 8-16-0 240 9085 1,800
20Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 8803 209.6 8-16-0 240 9043 1,700
21David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8683 206.7 9-15-0 270 8953 1,600
#22Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8616 205.1 8-14-2 270 8886 1,550
23Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 8555 203.7 9-15-0 270 8825 1,500
24Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 8595 204.6 7-16-1 225 8820 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.$1,425
26Wayne Webb, Waco, Texas1,280
27Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.1,270
28Mats Karlsson, Sweden1,260
29Jimmy Williams, Bethpage, N.Y.1,250
30Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan.1,240
31George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.1,230
32Pete McCordic, Houston1,220
33Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,205
 Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,205
35Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas1,190
36David Traber, Woodstock, Ill.1,180
#37Mark Fahy, Chicago.1,170
38Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas1,160
39George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,150
40Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.1,135
 Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.1,135
#42Paul Ashby, Mentor, Ohio1,120
43Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio1,110
44Jimmy Certain. Huntsville, Ala.1,100
45Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,090
46David Guindon, W. Seneca, N.Y.1,080
47John Huffman, Linwood, Kan.1,070
48Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,060
49Todd Agee, Akron, Ohio1,050
50Allen Johnson, Chandler, Ariz.1,035
 Chuck Lande, Dallas1,035
52Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,020
53David Sill, Westland, Mich.1,010

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Mark Roth, 4177. 24th place - Harry Sullins, 3842. 53rd place David Sill, 3750. # - Ken Johnson, Paul Ashby, Mark Fahy, Steve Martin and Bob Benoit rolled 300 games ($100 each plus Benoit's $100,000 bonus from True Value Hardware Stores). PRO-AM CASHERS - Steve Cook, John Gant, Andy Neuer, Leroy Bornhop, Joe Berardi, Mal Acosta, Parker Bohn III and Nick Melnikoff ($50 each).