Greater Hartford Open



$140,000 GREATER HARTFORD OPEN
Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn., Apr 18-23, 1988

Westlake Wins Windsor Locks

He waited until the last minute to earn eligibility, but with his 279-218 triumph over top-seeded Mats Karlsson in the $140,000 Greater Hartford Open, Tony Westlake earned a place among the 52 champions competing in the $250,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Westlake, Edmond, Okla., marched to his first PBA championship by topping four opponents and flirted with a $100,000 perfect game bonus from True Value Hardware Stores. He was stopped short of the 300 game bonus on his eighth delivery of the championship game.

Hugh Miller was perhaps most frustrated about Westlake's victory as he was eliminated from the Firestone field and denied a handsome guaranteed paycheck. In fact, Miller could have controlled his own destiny but was victimized by the striking heroics of Westlake in the position round to bounce him from the final five in the tournament's 42nd game.

Westlake began the championship finals on ABC Sports by defeating Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich., 216-200. Next up was Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, one of the hottest players on tour. After the score was knotted at 237, Westlake pounced on Williams' opening spare and responded with a "9th and 10th-frame" roll-off four-bagger to advance, 60-50.

Sentimental crowd favorite Pete McCordic of Houston entered the scene and notched eight total strikes, but bowed in his 19th championship round appearance without benefit of a title, 258-248.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.990 (4 games)$23,000
2Mats Karlsson, Sweden218 (1 game)12,000
3Pete McCordic, Houston248 (1 game)8,000
4Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas237 (1 game)6,000
5Harry Sullins, Sterling Heights, Mich.200 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Westlake defeated Sullins, 216-200; Westlake and Williams tied at 237 and Westlake won the roll-off, 60-50; Westlake defeated McCordic, 258-248; and in the championship game, Westlake defeated Karlsson, 279-218.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 9341 222.4 15-9-0 450 9791 
2Pete McCordic, Houston 9178 218.5 16-7-1 495 9673 
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 9091 216.5 13-11-0 390 9481 
4Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 9023 214.8 15-9-0 450 9473 
#5Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla., 9073 216.0 12-12-0 360 9433 
6Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9131 217.4 10-14-0 300 9431 $4,000
7Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 8978 213.8 14-10-0 420 9398 3,600
#8Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9067 215.9 11-13-0 330 9397 3,300
9Andrew Neuer, Milton, Pa. 9019 214.7 12-12-0 360 9379 3,000
10Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9048 215.4 11-13-0 330 9378 2,800
11Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 8954 213.2 13-11-0 390 9344 2,600
12Chuck Pierce, Dallas 8972 213.6 12-12-0 360 9332 2,400
13David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8964 213.4 11-12-1 345 9309 2,300
14Dennis Rakauskas, Clarks Summit, Pa. 8978 213.8 10-13-1 315 9293 2,200
15Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J. 8973 213.6 10-14-0 300 9273 2,100
16Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8939 212.8 11-13-0 330 9269 2,000
17Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 8903 212.0 11-13-0 330 9233 1,900
18Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8825 210.1 13-11-0 390 9215 1,800
19Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, Va. 8914 212.2 10-14-0 300 9214 1,700
20Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 8829 210.2 12-11-1 375 9204 1,600
21Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 8804 209.6 12-12-0 360 9164 1,500
22Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 8765 208.7 12-12-0 360 9125 1,400
23Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C. 8771 208.8 11-13-0 330 9101 1,323
 Ron Williams, Cahokia, III. 8831 210.3 9-15-0 270 9101 1,323

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis$1,150
*26Steve Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo.1,140
27Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.1,125
 Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo.1,125
29Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.1,110
30Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.1,100
31Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,090
32Peter Hakim, Forest Hills, N.Y.1,080
33Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,070
34Arnie Goldman, Roseville, Mich.1,060
35Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,050
36Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.1,040
37Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,030
#38Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,020
39Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.1,010
40Duane Fisher, Pennsauken, N.J.990
 Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.990
 David White, Oklahoma City, Okla.990
43Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.970
44Charlie Tapp, Woodbury, Minn.960
45Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas950
46Michael Karch, Tacoma, Wash.940
47George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.930
48James Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.920
49Danny Wiseman, Baltimore. Md.910
50Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.900
51Michael Byers, Akron, Ohio890
52Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.880
53Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H.870

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Mats Karlsson, 4036. 24th place - Richard Wolfe, 3811. 53rd place - Jimmie Pritts Jr., 3724. # - Paul Ashby, Jack Milne, Del Ballard Jr., Tony Westlake and Hugh Miller rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Gary Dickinson, Steve Anderson, Tom Crites, Chris Goddard, Duane Fisher and Del Ballard Jr. ($50 each).