$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.
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 OTHER CASHERS *- 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).
*- 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).