Bowlers Journal Florida Open
$140,000 BOWLERS JOURNAL FLORIDA OPEN
Galaxy Lanes-Venice, Venice, Fla., Feb 1-6, 1988
Holman Collects No. 21
Marshall Holman shot a 298 in the position round game to thrust him among the championship finalists of the $140,000 Bowlers Journal Florida Open and his momentum never wavered once the "Bell" was rung. Unfortunately for the tournament's leading qualifier, Ron Bell of Akron, Ohio, it was he who was left ringing, 275-211, and the victim of Holman's 21st PBA triumph.
Holman marched past four opponents and his 1,032 four-game total came within 18 pins of equaling the PBA record of 1,050 posted by Nelson Burton Jr. in 1984. The win also was the first for the man voted 1987 PBA Player of the Year since his victory in the '86 Firestone Tournament of Champions. Holman's $23,000 payday in the second annual tournament co-sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors Association of Florida and Bowlers Journal magazine also marked his third title won in the friendly confines of host Galaxy Lanes-Venice.
Holman began the finals against Todd Thompson, Reno, Nev., who was appearing in his first championship round competition but showed no signs of nervousness in opening with five strikes. Holman, Medford, Ore., bettered Thompson's start with the first six and advanced, 242-228.
Amleto Monacelli was next up for Holman and the Venezuelan pro was hoping to be the first two-time winner of 1988, having won the Showboat Invitational at Las Vegas four weeks earlier. Holman gave an indication he was not to be denied on this day as he closed with 10 strikes to crush Monacelli, 280-223.
Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla., was the only remaining obstacle between Holman and the championship match and the 33-year-old Holman disposed of Firpo, who suffered back-to-back opens in his seventh and eighth frames and bowed, 235-212.
PLAYOFF RESULTS - Holman defeated Thompson, 242-228; Holman defeated Monacelli, 280-223; Holman defeated Firpo, 235-212; and championship game, Holman defeated Bell, 275-211. 42-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS * - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Randy Lightfoot, 4080. 24th place - Corey Groth, 3869. 53rd place - Scott Devers, 3793. PRO-AM CASHERS - Curtis Odom, Brian Voss, Ed Ressler, Rod Pasteur, Sam Zurich and Randy Lightfoot ($50 each).
* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Randy Lightfoot, 4080. 24th place - Corey Groth, 3869. 53rd place - Scott Devers, 3793. PRO-AM CASHERS - Curtis Odom, Brian Voss, Ed Ressler, Rod Pasteur, Sam Zurich and Randy Lightfoot ($50 each).