Budweiser Challenge



$150,000 BUDWEISER CHALLENGE
Marcel's Olympic Bowl, Rochester, N.Y., Oct 24-28, 1989

Berardi Up To (Bud) Challenge

Joe Berardi reached the prestigious level of collecting his 10th title via a 210-209 triumph against loading qualifier Marshall Holman in the $50,000 Budweiser Challenge at Marcel's Olympic Bowl. Berardi overcame a 50-minute power outage during his semifinal game enroute to pocketing the $27,000 first prize.

Berardi, Wellington, Fla., appeared relegated to runnerup as Holman stood for his 10th frame needing just a spare to cement his 22nd PBA championship Holman, Medford, Ore., unbelievably left the 8-7-10 split on his first delivery and failed to convert for his third open frame of the title game. Berardi then needed a double and eight pins and got exactly that, with the benefit of a crossover carry for his first strike.

The championship match was a tense, see-saw battle between two of the Tour's most experienced veterans. Berardi struck to open and Holman immediately left the 4-8-7-9-10 split, then strung a four-bagger. Berardi stayed close and after both players opened in their sixth frames, Berardi trailed by 10 pins. At one critical juncture, a coin dropped from Holman's pants pocket as Berardi set himself on the approach, but Berardi struck in an emotional response.

In the first game of the NBC Sports-televised Fall Tour opener, Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind., topped Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan., 185-179. Fevers, the champion here at Marcel's Olympic Bowl in 1987, then fell to Mike Edwards, 211-178.

Berardi then entered and disposed of Edwards, 220-195. In the process, Berardi may have established a new PBA standard for "the longest time between strikes in a championship round broadcast," with his 52-minute pause due to the electric failure after tripling mid-game. Ironically, the only other power outage In PBA's 29-year history of televised coverage occurred during the first tournament of the 1989 Winter Tour.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla.430 (2 games)$27,000
2Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.209 (1 game)14,000
3Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.406 (2 games)8,000
4Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.363 (2 games)6,500
5Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.179 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Devers defeated Benoit, 185-179; Edwards defeated Devers, 211-178; Berardi defeated Edwards, 220-195; and in the championship game, Berardi defeated Holman, 210-209.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9028 215.0 18-16-0 540 9568 
2Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla. 8979 213.8 15-9-0 450 9429 
3Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8960 213.3 14-10-0 420 9380 
4Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 8822 210.0 16-7-1 495 9317 
5Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind. 8789 209.3 15-9-0 450 9239 
6Guppy Troup, Daytona Beach, Fla. 8723 207.7 16-8-0 480 9203 $4,500
7David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8775 208.9 12-12-0 360 9135 4,000
8Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind. 8716 207.5 13-11-0 390 9106 3,500
9Dennis Rakauskas, Clarks Summit, Pa. 8766 208.7 10-14-0 300 9066 3,200
10Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo. 8595 204.6 13-11-0 390 8985 3,000
11Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 8666 206.3 10-13-1 315 8981 2,800
12Dale Eagle, Evansville, Ind. 8579 204.3 12-10-2 390 6969 2,600
13Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8599 204.7 11-12-1 345 8944 2,400
14Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif. 8599 204.7 9-15-0 270 8869 2,300
15Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan. 8455 201.3 13-11-0 390 8845 2,200
16Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 8494 202.2 11-13-0 330 8824 2,100
17Pete McCordic, Houston 8519 202.8 10-14-0 300 8819 2,000
18Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 8460 201.4 10-14-0 300 8760 1,900
19Avery LeBlanc, Houma, La. 8387 199.7 12-12-0 360 8747 1,800
20Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 8466 201.6 8-16-0 240 8706 1,700
21Paul Ashby, Mentor-on-Lake, Ohio 8332 198.4 12-12-0 360 8692 1,600
22Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 8363 199.1 9-15-0 270 8633 1,500
23Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 8346 198.7 9-15-0 270 8616 1,400
24Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind. 8334 198.4 7-16-1 225 8559 1,350

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis$1,200
26Pat Malone, Erie, Pa.1,145
27Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.1,086
*Todd Thompson, Reno, Nev.1,206
 Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas1,066
30Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio1,055
 Paul Wolf, Las Vegas, Nev.1,055
32John Handegard, Redding, Calif.1,040
33Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.1,030
34Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,020
35Steve Wishner, Port Chester, N.Y.1,010
36W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,000
37Purvis Granger, Let site, La.990
38Jim Bradie, N. Palm Beach, Fla.970
 Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W.Va.970
 Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y.970
41Curtis Odom, Winston Salem, N.C.950
42John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich.940
43David Guidon, West Seneca, N.Y.930
44Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.920
45Bobby Fleetwood, Bridgeport, Conn.910
46Stephen Hardy, Methuen, Mass.900
47Warren Burr, Wayne, N.J.885
 Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla.885
49Arnie Goldman, Roseville, Mich.870
50Chris Warren, Dallas860
51Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.850
52Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla.840
53Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.830

*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Marshall Holman, 3912. 24th place - Kent Wagner, 3670. 53rd place - Ron Palombi Jr., 3600. PRO-AM CASHERS - Bob Benoit, John Handegard, Mark McClain, Avery LeBlanc, Dave Ferraro and Ron Williams ($50 each).