Fresno Open



$125,000 FRESNO OPEN
Cedar Lanes, Fresno, Calif., May 23-27, 1989

Fresno Marks McDowell's 1st Title

Marc McDowell of Madison, Wis., won three games on route to his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) championship in the $125,000 Fresno Open at host Cedar Lanes. McDowell defeated leading qualifier Tony Marrese, Hilton Head Island, S.C., 234-198, for the $18,000 first prize.

McDowell struck, spared and opened in his first three frames of the title match while Marrese spared three single-pin leaves in his first three frames to take an 11-pin lead. From that point on it was all McDowell, who came back with a five-bagger, spare and closing triple, and Marrese never doubled until the l0th.

McDowell, the 1986 PBA Rookie of the Year, was especially relieved not to be saddled with his fourth PBA runnerup finish end said, "Finally, I was the guy standing at the end with that winning feeling. It really was Tony's tournament to win after bowling so well all week, so I felt bad for him," he said. "This takes the pressure off me in not having won end proves I deserved being Rookie of the Year - It wasn't a fluke."

Marrese was the lone lefthander in the final five and led the tournament by 242 pins after 42 games. "I was in control of my game, but can't control my opponent's game," he said afterward. "I felt confident and comfortable, although it seemed I left more beck row pins in my one game than during any block during the tournament."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.701 (3 games)$18,000
2Tony Marrese, Hilton Head Island, S.C.196 (1 game)9,500
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela188 (1 game)7,000
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.446 (2 games)5,500
5Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C.187 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Williams defeated Odom, 237-187; McDowell defeated Williams, 218-209; McDowell defeated Monacelli, 249-188; and in the championship game, McDowell defeated Marrese, 234-196.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Tony Marrese, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 9319 221.9 14-10-0 420 9739 
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 8957 213.3 18-6-0 540 9497 
3Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 9066 215.9 14-10-0 420 9486 
4Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C. 8968 213.5 16-8-0 480 9448 
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 8986 214.0 15-9-0 450 9436 
6Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 8922 212.4 16-8-0 480 9402 $4,000
7Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 9014 214.6 12-12-0 360 9374 3,600
8Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 8971 213.6 12-12-0 360 9331 3,300
9James A. Miller, Tempe, Ariz. 8845 210.6 15-9-0 450 9295 3,000
10Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8863 211.0 14-10-0 420 9283 2,800
11Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 8919 212.4 11-13-0 330 9249 2,600
12Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 8891 211.7 11-13-0 330 9221 2,300
 Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 8831 210.3 13-11-0 390 9221 2,300
14Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 8761 208.6 15-9-0 450 9211 2,100
15Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 8872 211.2 9-15-0 270 9142 2,000
16Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8867 211.1 8-16-0 240 9107 1,900
17Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8782 209.1 10-14-0 300 9082 1,800
18Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 8738 208.0 11-13-0 330 9068 1,700
19Corey Groth, La Verne, Calif. 8697 207.1 12-12-0 360 9057 1,600
20Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla. 8694 207.0 12-12-0 360 9054 1,500
21Paul Renteria, Tucson, Ariz. 8708 207.3 8-16-0 240 8948 1,400
22Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 8620 205.2 10-14-0 300 8920 1,350
23Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 8619 205.2 6-18-0 180 8799 1,300
24Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla. 8529 203.1 6-18-0 180 8709 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.$1,185
26Ricky Corona, Orange, Calif.1,030
27Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.1,010
28Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.990
29Chris Warren, Dallas970
30Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.950
31Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas940
32Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.930
33Dennis Rakauskas, Clarks Summit, Pa.920
34Tom Adcock, Maros, Ill.910
35Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.900
36Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.890
37Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis880
38Todd M. Thompson, Cypress, Calif.870
39Andy Neuer, Selinsgrove, Pa.860
40Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan.845
 Larry Stephens, Los Angeles845
42Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio830
43Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.815
 Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.815
45Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas800
48Dave Bolles, Lodi, Calif.790
47Mike Taylor, San Diego, Calif.780
48Mats Karlsson Sweden770
49David Whitehead, Las Vegas, Nev.760
50Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.750
51Russ Cooper, Richmond, Calif.370
 Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio370

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Mark Baker, 4043. 24th place - Rowdy Morrow, 3741. 51st place - Russ Cooper and Tim Weisbrod, 3637. # - Mats Karlsson rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS -Harry Sullins, Tom Crites, Randy Pedersen, Marc McDowell, Jimmy Keeth and Ricky Corona ($50 each).