El Paso Open



$130,000 EL PASO OPEN
Bowl El Paso, El Paso, Texas, Jul 2-6, 1991

Ray Edwards Pilots Past El Paso Field

Leading qualifier Ray Edwards took advantage of his first-ever appearance in the championship round and captured the $130,000 El Paso Open at Bowl El Paso. Edwards, Centereach, N.Y., turned back third-seeded Bob Benoit, 216-180, for his first PBA title and the $20,000 top prize.

Admittedly nervous, Edwards nonetheless opened his game with a triple, spare and double, while Benoit struck, then suffered back-to-back open frames and never recovered. Benoit had worked past two opponents earlier and was seeking his third PBA title of 1991.

Edwards said, "The first three strikes eased the pressure and I tried not to think about who I was bowling. I couldn't get an ounce of sleep last night, thinking about bowling on national TV for a title. The whole experience was overwhelming."

The ABC Sports telecast began with Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C., turning back '91 average leader Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M., 242-215. Odom then fail to Benoit, Topeka, Kan., 226-224, who also defeated first-time finalist and leading PBA Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, Fla., 222-205. Benoit earned $10,500 as runner-up, Ward collected $7,000, Odom received $5,500 for fourth place and Duke $4,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y.216 (1 game)$20,000
2Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.628 (3 games)10,500
3Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla.205 (1 game)7,000
4Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C.466 (2 games)5,500
5Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M.215 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Odom defeated Duke, 242-215; Benoit defeated Odom, 226-224; Benoit defeated Ward, 222-205; and in the championship game, Edwards defeated Benoit, 216-180.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y. 9700 231.0 19-5-0 570 10270 
2Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla. 9733 231.7 14-10-0 420 10153 
3Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 9677 230.4 15-9-0 450 10127 
#4Curbs Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C. 9587 228.3 15-9-0 450 10037 
5Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M. 9564 227.7 15-9-0 450 10014 
6Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz. 9581 228.1 13-11-0 390 9971 $4,000
7David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9511 226.5 15-9-0 450 9961 3,600
8David Guindon, West Seneca, N.Y. 9520 226.7 13-11-0 390 9910 3,300
9Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md. 9488 225.9 14-10-0 420 9908 3,000
#10Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan. 9514 226.5 13-11-0 390 9904 2,800
11Danny Broadway, Houston 9478 225.7 13-10-1 405 9883 2,600
12Thomas Young, Kansas City, Kan. 9465 225.4 11-12-1 345 9810 2,500
13Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, Texas 9418 224.2 13-11-0 390 9808 2,400
14Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 9387 223.5 11-13-0 330 9717 2,300
15Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind. 9475 225.6 8-16-0 240 9715 2,200
16Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas 9395 223.7 10-13-1 315 9710 2,100
17Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 9395 223.7 9-14-1 285 9680 2,000
#18Brad Snell, Elk Grove, Ill. 9302 221.5 11-12-1 345 9647 1,900
19Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, Ohio 9268 220.7 11-13-0 330 9598 1,800
20Joe Salvemini, Oklahoma City, Okla. 9252 220.3 11-13-0 330 9582 1,700
21David D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio 9294 221.3 8-15-1 255 9549 1,600
22Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan. 9236 219.9 9-14-1 285 9521 1,500
23Brian Berg, Menomonie, Wis. 9199 219.0 7-17-0 210 9409 1,450
24Tracy Lamberth, Hendersonville, Tenn. 9157 218.0 6-17-1 195 9352 1,400

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.$1,260
26Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,200
 Jess Stayrook, San Diego. Calif.1,200
28Mark Fisser, Buena Park, Calif.1,140
29Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, Texas1,230
30Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, N.Y.1,090
31Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan.1,080
32Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,070
33Billy Orlikowski, Marne, Mich.1,055
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,055
35Ted Fraley, Albuquerque, N.M.1,040
36Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas1,030
37Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, N.C.1,020
38Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,010
39Jeff DeKubber, Grand Rapids. Mich.1,000
40Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla.990
41Stoney Baker, Lithia Springs. Ga..980

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Ricky Ward, 4211. 24th place-Justin Hromek, 4009. 41st place -Stoney Baker, 3943. # - Dale Strike, Curtis Odom, Justin Hromek and Brad Snell rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Ron Palombi Jr., Brian Berg, Jess Stayrook, Bob Logel, Dave D'Entremont, Charlie Tapp and Danny Broadway ($50 each).