Fair Lanes Open



$150,000 FAIR LANES OPEN
Fair Lanes Woodlawn, Baltimore, Md., Apr 3-8, 1989

Fair Lanes Tolls For Bell

The "wait/weight" was worth it! The wait was 14 years and the weight (loss) was 50 pounds for Akron, Ohio's Ron Bell, who collected his first PBA title in the 20th annual $150,000 Fair Lanes Open. Bell defeated leading qualifier Amleto Monacelli, 255-230, at Fair Lanes Woodlawn and earned a trip home in qualifying for the 25th anniversary Firestone Tournament of Champions, hosted at Riviera Lanes.

"This Is the biggest thrill of my life," the 195-pound Bell said of his first PBA championship and finally earning the right to compete in front of his hometown fans, who were more familiar with the sight of a much heavier veteran on the PBA Tour. Bell had lost 50 pounds and missed the Tour's first seven tournaments of 1989, committing himself to a strict liquid diet, in which he had not eaten solid food in more than seven weeks.

Bell began the championship game with six strikes, but never thought about a possible $100,000 perfect game bonus from True Value Hardware Stores, only the $27,000 Fair Lanes first prize. Monacelli started with a double, two spares and another double when Bell opened in his seventh frame, missing the 3-10 "baby split." But Venezuela's Monacelli failed to take advantage of his opportunity and had to settle for the $14,000 runnerup check and his 10th second place finish in eight years on the PBA Tour.

In the opening game of the ABC Sports telecast and the first championship round game of his career Tony Marrow topped Phil Ringener, 211-159. Ringener stood 0-8 in championship round play, although his opponents previous combined average of 251 against the Big Spring, Texas, pro was lowered. Bell then defeated Marrose, Hilton Head, S.C., 211-207. In the third game Bell had to go into extra frames against first-time finalist Don Moser, San Jose, Calif. Both players tied in their semifinal match at 191, but Bell prevailed in the roll-off, 40-28, to earn his spot in the championship match-up.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio657 (3 games)$27,000
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela230 (1 game)14,000
3Don Moser, San Jose, Calif.191 (1 game)8,000
4Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C.418 (2 games)6,000
5Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas159 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Marrese defeated Ringener, 211-159; Bell defeated Marrese, 211-207; Bell defeated Moser, 40-28, in a two-frame roll-off after the two had tied at 191; and in the championship game, Bell defeated Monacelli, 255-230.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9324 222.0 14-10-0 420 9744 
2Don Moser, San Jose, Calif. 9224 219.6 17-7-0 510 9734 
3Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 8982 213.9 18-6-0 540 9522 
4Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C. 9078 216.1 13-10-1 405 9483 
5Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 8993 214.1 16-8-0 480 9473 
6Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 9015 214.6 13-11-0 390 9405 $4,500
7Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 9025 214.9 12-11-1 375 9400 4,000
8Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8915 212.3 12-10-2 390 9305 3,500
#9Todd Lathrop, Norwich, Conn. 8882 211.5 14-10-0 420 9302 3,000
10Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass. 8886 211.6 11-13-0 330 9216 2,750
 Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich. 8856 210.9 12-12-0 360 9216 2,750
12Ron Williams, Cahokia, 111. 8848 210.7 12-12-0 360 9208 2,600
13Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8828 210.2 12-12-0 360 9188 2,500
14Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas 8753 208.4 14-10-0 420 9173 2,400
15Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 8747 208.3 12-12-0 360 9107 2,300
16Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8772 208.9 11-13-0 330 9102 2,200
17David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8825 210.1 8-16-0 240 9065 2,100
18Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla. 8768 208.8 9-15-0 270 9038 2,000
19Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 8721 207.6 10-14-0 300 9021 1,900
20Dennis Rakauskas, Clarks Summit, Pa. 8714 207.5 9-15-0 270 8984 1,800
21Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 8698 207.1 8-16-0 240 8938 1,700
22Tony rooks, Washington, D.C. 8585 204.4 11-13-0 330 8915 1,600
23Chris Warren, Dallas 8594 204.6 10-14-0 300 8894 1,550
24Pete McCordic, Houston 8502 202.4 8-16-0 240 8742 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Michael Prettack, Margate, Fla.$1,382
 Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich.1,262
27W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,230
28Ralph McRitchie, Port Clinton, Ohio1,210
29Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,200
30Ray Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio1,185
 Brad Snell, Des Plaines, Ill.1,185
32Rod Singer, Columbus, Ohio1,170
#33Bruce Hollen Jr., Baltimore1,160
34Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio1,145
 Ran Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.1,145
36Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,130
37Lee Brosius, Fort Bragg, N.C.1,120
38Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,105
 Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.1,105
40Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla.1,090
41Chuck Pierce, Dallas1,080
42Ricky Corona, Orange, Calif.1,070
43Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,060
44Mike Kilgannon, Valley Stream, N.Y.1,050
45Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,040
46Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.1,030
47David Guindon, West Seneca, N.Y.1,020
48Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.1,010
49Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,000
50Rick Brunori, Monroeville, Pa.985
 Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.985
52Frank Edwards, Moscow, Pa.970
53Terry Wiley, Arlington, Va.960

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader -Amleto Monacelli, 4007. 24th place- Chris Warren, 3767. 53rd place-Terry Wiley, 3669. # - Bruce Hollen Jr. and Todd Lathrop rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS Andrew Neuer, Sam Maccarone, Harry Sullins, Bob Learn Jr., Richie Wolfe, Steve Hardy, Dennis Rakauskas, and Scott Devers ($50 each).