Don Carter's Greater New Orleans Classic



$200,000 DON CARTER'S GREATER NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC
Don Carter's All-Star Lanes, Harvey, La., Jan 25-30, 1988

Bowker Breaks Bank

Part-time PBA Tour competitor Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., survived the championship finals and downed local favorite Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La., 224-189, to emerge with his first PBA title in the $200,000 Don Carter's Greater New Orleans Classic. Bowker collected the $38,000 first prize and earned a trip to the Firestone Tournament of Champions in the PBA's first national tournament return to the New Orleans area since 1978.

"Who Dat?" was the New Orleans Saints rallying cry during the season but could have been applicable to the lack of television finals experience among the championship lineup at Don Carter's All-Star Lanes-Harvey. The matches were not indicative of any "network nervousness" among the players who bested a top notch field over 42 games of qualifying and match play.

Ten-time titlist Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo., was the only veteran among the five and took advantage of his experience in topping hometown pro Scott Monteleone, 256-236, despite the capacity crowd's chants of "Scoot, Scoot" for Monteleone, one of the premier players in the PBA's Southern Region, along with Bowker.

Enter Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla., who was trying to make It three consecutive triumphs for Richard Altman sponsored players and Westlake gave every indication he would be equally unstoppable as be bounced Weber, 259-227, behind 10 strikes. Granger then halted Westlake's momentum, 248-198, on the strength of six late strikes.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla.224 (1 game)$38,000
2Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.437 (2 games)20,000
3Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.457 (2 games)12,000
4Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.493 (2 games)9,000
5Scott Monteleone, New Orleans236 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Weber defeated Monteleone, 256-236; Westlake defeated Weber, 259-237; Granger defeated Westlake, 248-198; and in the championship game, Bowker defeated Granger, 224-189.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 9261 220.5 13-11-0 390 9651 
2Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 9129 217.4 17-7-0 510 9639 
3Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 9111 216.9 16-8-0 480 9591 
4Scott Monteleone, New Orleans 9095 216.5 15-9-0 450 9545 
5Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9128 217.3 12-12-0 360 9488 
6Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 9078 216.1 13-11-0 390 9468 $6,000
7Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9031 215.0 13-11-0 390 9421 5,500
8Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8890 211.7 14-9-1 435 9325 5,000
9Corey Groth, La Verne, Calif. 8870 211.2 14-10-0 420 9290 4,500
10Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 8911 212.2 12-11-1 375 9286 4,000
11Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif., 8855 210.8 14-10-0 420 9275 3,600
12Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8915 212.3 11-13-0 390 9245 3,300
13Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 8801 209.5 14-10-0 420 9221 3,000
#14Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind. 8811 209.8 13-11-0 390 9201 2,800
15Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif. 8766 208.7 14-10-0 420 9186 2,500
 Jim Stefanich, Joliet, III. 8916 212.3 9-15-0 270 9186 2,500
17Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8741 208.1 14-10-0 420 9161 2,300
18David Traber, Woodstock, III. 8836 210.4 9-14-1 285 9121 2,200
19Adam Colton, Coral Springs, Fla. 8853 210.8 8-16-0 240 9093 2,100
20David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8638 205.7 9-15-0 270 8908 2,000
21Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8578 204.2 8-16-0 240 8818 1,900
22Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 8536 203.2 8-15-1 255 8791 1,800
23John Cofhlin, Jefferson, La. 8423 200.5 8-i6-0 240 8663 1,700
24Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas 8402 200.0 8-16-0 240 8642 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Nelson Burton Jr., Troy. Mo.$1,570
26Don Moser, Santa Clara, Calif.1,440
27Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.1,430
28Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,420
29Curtis Odom, Winston Salem, N.C.1,410
30Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.1,400
31Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.1,390
32John Huffman, Linwood, Kan.1,370
 Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,370
 Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,370
35Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.1,350
36Mark Elicker, York, Pa.1,340
37Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.1,330
38Dennis Psaropoulos, W. Palm Beach, Fla.1,320
39John Gant, Independence, Ky..1,305
 Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,305
41Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,290
42Butch Soper, Windsor, Ont., Can.1,275
 Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,275
44Todd Agee, Akron, Ohio1,260
45Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs, Colo.1,250
46Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,240
47Jimmy Keeth,W. Palm Beach, Fla.1,230
48Dick Weber, St. Louis1,220
49Pete McCordic, Houston1,210
50Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.1,200
51Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,185
 Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,185
53Ryan Boyd, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.390
 Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas.390
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas390

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Pete Weber, 4084. 24th place - Mike Edwards and Nelson Burton Jr., 3787. Edwards defeated Burton to advance to match play. 53rd place - Ryan Boyd, Robert Lawrence and Mark Williams, 3704. # - Eugene McCune rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Gary Dickinson, Robert Lawrence, Ron Bell, Rey Perez, Del Warren, Mark Baker, Mark Williams, James Miller, Mats Karisson, Kent Wagner, Parker Bohn III, Rudy Kasimakis, Curtis Odom, Billy Yinger, Pete Weber and Randy Pedersen ($50 each).