Florida Open



$130,000 FLORIDA OPEN
Cypress Lanes, Winter Haven, Fla., Feb 5-9, 1991

Winter Haven Is Heaven For Mazza

It was a nine-year wait for Touring Pro John Mazza, who could not hold back the tears of joy as he wept openly in clinching his first PBA title at the $130,000 Florida Open. Mazza, Mount Clemens, Mich., defeated leading qualifier Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 238-211, for the $20,000 first prize at host Cypress Lanes.

Edwards started the championship game with an open frame after Mazza had struck and the closest Edwards then pulled was to within three pins in the fifth frame. A late four-bagger by Mazza gave him a comfortable margin and Edwards' closing triple was of no consequence, thus relegating him to the $10,500 second-place check (fourth of his career).

Second-seeded Mazza had earlier defeated 1985 PBA Player of the Year Mike Aulby, who had plowed through two previous opponents. Mazza sidelined Aulby, Indianapolis, 246-187, after Aulby had first defeated 1988 PBA Rookie of the Year Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 225-213, and then Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan., 203-181.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich.484 (2 games)$20,000
2Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.211 (1 game)10,500
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis615 (3 games)7,000
4Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan.181 (1 game)5,500
5Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.213 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Aulby defeated Steelsmith, 225-213; Aulby defeated Coffman, 203-181; Mazza defeated Aulby, 246-187; and in the championship game, Mazza defeated Edwards, 238-211.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 9288 221.1 15-9-0 450 9738 
2John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 9134 217.5 20-4-0 600 9734 
3Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan. 9068 215.9 15-9-0 450 9518 
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9082 216.2 14-9-1 435 9517 
5Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. 9097 216.6 12-11-1 375 9472 
6Brian LeClair, Chatham, N.Y. 8915 212.3 16-8-0 480 9395 $4,000
7Scott Alexander, Gig Harbor, Wash. 9021 214.8 12-12-0 360 9381 3,600
8Richard Abboud, Omaha, Neb. 8999 214.3 12-12-0 360 9359 3,300
9Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan. 8897 211.8 15-9-0 450 9347 3,000
10Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va. 8871 211.2 13-11-0 390 9261 2,800
11Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif. 8912 212.2 11-13-0 330 9242 2,600
12Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 8900 211.9 11-13-0 330 9230 2,400
13Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA 8731 207.9 15-9-0 450 9181 2,200
14Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8834 210.3 11-13-0 330 9164 2,100
15Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas 8868 211.1 9-15-0 270 9138 2,000
16Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 8775 208.9 11-11-2 360 9135 1,900
17Rod Pasteur, Green Bay, Wis. 8799 209.5 11-13-0 330 9129 1,800
18Billy Young Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla. 8667 206.4 12-11-1 375 9042 1,700
19Stoney Baker, Lithia Springs, Ga. 8763 208.6 8-15-1 255 9018 1,600
20Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 8716 207.5 9-14-1 285 9001 1,500
21Jeffery Edens, Ocala, Fla. 8636 205.6 10-14-0 300 8936 1,400
22Bob Powell, Providence, R.I. 8683 206.7 6-17-1 195 8878 1,300
@23Richard Cheney, Miami, Fla. 8565 203.9 9-15-0 270 8835 1,260
+24Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla. 8435 200.8 3-17-0 90 8525 1,120

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.$1,060
26Dominick Farro, Asbury Park, N.J.1,040
27Russ Housman, Inverness, Fla.1,030
28Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md.1,020
29Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.1,010
30Brad Kiszewski, Buffalo, N.Y.1,000
31Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.990
32Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.980
33Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.970
34Don Moser, Peoria, Ill.960
035Pete Weber, St. Louis1,040
36Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.940
37Dennis Rakauskas, Kansas City, Mo.930
38Purvis Granger, Columbus, Ohio920
39Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas910
40Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla..900
*41George Branham III, Indianapolis930
42Bob Handley, Pompano Beach. Fla.880
43Takeo Sakai, Japan870
44Harry Sullins, Detroit860
45John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.850
46Tracy Lamberth, Hendersonville, Tenn.840
47Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio825
 Mike A. Miller. Altamonte Springs, Fla.825
49Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, Mich.810
50Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind.790
 Rick Schissler, Denver, Colo.790
 Brad Snell, Elk Grove, Ill.790
53Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., Ohio770

18-game qualifying leader-Scott Alexander, 4097. 24th place-Kelly Coffman, 3774. 53rd place -Jim Pencak, 3686. + - Dickinson replaced Weber after 16 games of match play and Dickinson was penalized 345 pins-the difference between their qualifying scores (225) and the bonus pins Weber earned (120). *-Branham was alternate for the final eight games and received an additional $40. PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn III, Tom Crites, Danny Broadway, Akio Ishihara, Amleto Monacelli and George Pappas ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.