Kessler Open



$130,000 KESSLER OPEN
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jun 17-22, 1988

Young Lion Alpert Roars To Title

Bryan Alpert took control early in his first PBA championship round appearance and powered past three opponents to win the $130,000 Kessler Open. Alpert, Las Vegas, Nev., topped leading qualifier Ray Valdovino of nearby Sacramento, 234-226, for the $20,000 first prize.

Alpert came into the championship game after averaging 263 in his first two games and opened the final game with a spare and double. Valdovino opened with a strike and spare, but couldn't put together strikes until his sixth frame, when he began a string of four. Meanwhile, Alpert had doubled three times and faced his 10th frame needing nine-spare and strike to clinch, but settled matters by striking on his first ball.

In the opening game of the ESPN finals, 1986 Kessler Open champ Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., closed with four strikes to top Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind., 216-201. Alpert then entered and, on the strength of a mid-game six-bagger, advanced, 247-218.

In the semifinal game Alpert was even better, closing with 10 strikes to out-score PBA President Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A., 279-247, and establish the title match-up.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bryan Alpert, Las Vegas, Nev.760 (3 games)$20,000
2Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif.226 (1 game)10,500
3Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.247 (1 game)7,000
4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.434 (2 games)5,500
5Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.201 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Husted defeated Devers, 216-201; Alpert defeated Husted, 247-218; Alpert defeated Schlegel, 279-247; and in the championship game, Alpert defeated Valdovino, 234-226.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif. 9121 217.2 17-7-0 510 9631 
2Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 9149 217.8 14-10-0 420 9569 
3Bryan Alpert, Las Vegas, Nev. 9123 217.2 13-11-0 390 9513 
4Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 9032 215.0 15-9-0 450 9482 
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9068 215.9 12-12-0 360 9428 
6Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y. 9036 215.1 13-11-0 390 9426 $4,000
7Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8948 213.0 15-9-0 450 9398 3,600
8Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 9027 214.9 10-13-1 315 9342 3,300
9Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8952 213.1 12-12-0 360 9312 3,000
10Craig Harrington, Murray, Utah 8879 211.4 14-10-0 420 9299 2,800
11Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif., 8932 212.7 12-12-0 360 9292 2,600
12Joe Conigliaro, Rosedale, N.Y. 8830 210.2 15-9-0 450 9280 2,400
13Pete McCordic, Houston 8963 213.4 10-13-1 315 9278 2,200
14Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 8899 211.9 12-12-0 360 9259 2,050
 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 8959 213.3 10-14-0 300 9259 2,050
16Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 8707 207.3 15-9-0 450 9157 1,900
17Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8855 210.8 10-14-0 300 9155 1,800
18Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8800 209.5 10-14-0 300 9100 1,700
19Roger Koplin, Stockton, Calif. 8678 206.6 12-12-0 360 9038 1,600
20Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 8694 207.0 11-13-0 330 9024 1,550
21David Rosol, San Jose, Calif. 8657 206.1 11-13-0 330 8987 1,400
22Troy Kendrick, Cypress, Calif. 8678 206.6 9-15-0 270 8948 1,350
+23Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 4875 211.9 2-3-0 60 4935 1,293
24Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind. 8519 202.8 7-17-0 210 8729 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Pete Weber, St. Louis$1,198
26Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio1,070
27Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas1,040
28Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.1,010
 Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,010
*Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif..1,035
31Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.990
32Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas980
33Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla.970
34Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.955
 Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.955
36Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu City Ariz.940
37Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C.930
38George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.920
39Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.910
40Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio900
41Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif..890
42Joe Merrill, Lancaster, Calif.880
43Jeff O'Neill, Anchorage, Alaska870
44Ed Bourdase, San Jose, Calif.860
45Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas850
46Michael Karch, Tacoma, Wash.840
47Jim Tilton, Huntington Bch., Calif.830
48John Handegard, Reno, Nev.820
49Mats Karlsson, Sweden810
50Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich.800
51Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.790
52Greg Guertin, W. Sacramento, Calif.775
 Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.775

18-game qualifying leader- Ernie Schlegel, 3975. 24th place- Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3754. 52nd place - Greg Guertin and Del Warren, 3657. PRO-AM CASHERS - Sam Maccarone, Mats Karlsson, Corey Groth, Don Moser, Mike Karch, Art Trask, Mark Baker, Norm Duke, Dennis Rakauskas, Amleto Monacelli, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bob Handley, Freddy McClerkin, Mike Jasnau and Rusty Grainer ($50 each), Bryan Alpert and Philip Ringener ($25 each). + - Rowdy Morrow replaced Pete Weber after 19 games of match play. He received a 278-pin penalty the difference between their qualifying scores (98 pins) and the bonus pins Weber earned (180). They split 23rd and 25th place money. Morrow earned an additional $95 for acting as alternate for 19 games. * - Warren Nelson earned $25 for acting as alternate for the final five games.