Kessler Classic



$130,000 KESSLER CLASSIC
Active West Town Square Lanes, Riverside, Calif., Jul 8-13, 1988

Maccarone Rides High In Riverside

Sam Maccarone quickly erased the mantle of "most earnings without a title" by winning the $130,000 Kessler Classic, after inheriting that dubious distinction from Pete McCordic just six weeks earlier. Maccarone bested leading qualifier Walter Ray Williams Jr., 237-225, for the $20,000 first-prize and frustrated Williams for the second straight week as the tournament's top seed.

Maccarone advanced from the fifth-seeded position after squeaking into the championship finals in the position round. The Glassboro, N.J., pro got up in the 10th frame needing a mark, and he struck to clinch his emotional first championship.

Maccarone began the ESPN finals by topping Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif., 214-185. Arnold was making his second championship appearance ever and also the second at host Active West Town Square Lanes, while Maccarone, a seven-year tour veteran competing in his 201st PBA national tournament, went over the $200,000 mark in career earnings.

Next up for Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., was Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, already a two-time winner on the '88 tour but he was no match for Maccarone this night and he bowed, 227-204. In the semifinal game, Mark Baker of nearby Garden Grove entered the fray and Maccarone had things well in hand until Baker strung a three-bagger late to close the gap, but then opened in the ninth which settled matters between them, 243-209.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.921 (4 games)$20,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.225 (1 game)10,500
3Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.209 (1 game)7,000
4Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas204 (1 game)5,500
5Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.185 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Maccarone defeated Arnold, 214-185; Maccarone defeated Williams, 227-204 Maccarone defeated Baker, 243-209; and in the championship game, Maccarone defeated Williams, 237-225

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9141 217.6 18-5-1 555 9696 
2Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 8962 213.4 15-8-1 465 9427 
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8830 210.2 13-11-0 390 9220 
4Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 8723 207.7 14-10-0 420 9143 
5Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8685 206.8 15-9-0 450 9135 
6George Branham III, San Diego, Calif. 8683 206.7 14-10-0 420 9103 $4,000
7Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis. 8740 208.1 12-12-0 360 9100 3,600
8Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla. 8546 203.5 18-6-0 540 9086 3,300
9Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 8735 208.0 10-13-1 315 9050 3,000
10Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla. 8642 205.8 13-11-0 390 9032 2,800
11Butch Soper, Windsor, Ont., Canada 8605 204.9 14-10-0 420 9025 2,600
12Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H. 8519 202.8 15-9-0 450 8969 2,400
13Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 8640 205.7 10-13-1 315 8955 2,200
14Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. 8589 204.5 11-12-1 345 8934 2,100
15Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 8583 204.4 10-14-0 330 8883 2,000
16Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 8586 204.4 9-15-0 270 8856 1,900
17Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 8468 201.6 11-12-1 345 8813 1,800
18Tony Figuiera, Waianae, Hawaii 8480 201.9 9-14-1 285 8765 1,700
19Allen Johnson, Chandler, Ariz. 8422 200.5 11-13-0 330 8752 1,600
#20Gip Lentine, Rowland Hts., Calif. 8430 200.7 10-14-0 300 8730 1,500
21Jeff Miller, Columbus, Ohio 8404 200.1 9-14-1 285 8689 1,400
22Ricky Corona, Diamond Bar, Calif. 8357 199.0 9-15-0 270 8627 1,300
23Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas 8347 198.7 9-15-0 270 8617 1,260
24Earl Ziemann, Garden Grove, Calif. 8037 191.4 5-19-0 150 8187 1,220

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.$1,160
26Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,030
27Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,020
28Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,010
29Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.1,000
30Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla.990
31Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.980
32Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas970
33James Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.960
34Tony Marrese, Hilton Head Beach, S.C.950
35Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.940
36David White, Oklahoma City, Okla.930
37Jim Harvey, Tucson, Ariz.920
38Jimmy Williams, Bethpage, N.Y.910
39Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.900
40Chris Hyde, Muskogee, Okla.885
 Mike Kelly, Seattle, Wash.885
42Tony Rodrick, Australia870
43Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis860
44Arnie Goldman, Roseville, Mich.850
45Jack Frost, Grand Terrace, Calif.840
46Rusty Greiner, Richmond. Calif.830
47Bob Permann, Hemet, Calif..820
48Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook. Ill.810
49Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.800
50Chuck Pierce, Dallas790
51Michael Karch, Tacoma, Wash.780
52Warren Nelson. Fresno, Calif.765
 Gunnar Samuelsson, Sweden765

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3837. 24th place - Jimmie Pritts Jr., 3667. 52nd place Warren Nelson and Gunnar Samuelsson, 3550. # - Gip Lentine rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Butch Soper (2), Purvis Granger, Craig Rourke, Mark Hanken, Jim Pencak, Chris Warren, John Mazza, Brad Snell, David White, Tony Westlake, Tony Marrese, Guppy Troup, Jimmy Keeth, Dale Eagle, Dave Arnold, Jim Murtishaw, Hugh Miller, Randy Pedersen, Tom Baker, Jess Stayrook, Bryan Alpert, Dave Ferraro, Ron Palombi Jr., Steve Cook and Henry Gonzalez ($50 each).