BPAA U.S. Open



$225,000 BPAA U.S. OPEN
Roseland Bowl, Canandaigua, N.Y., Apr 5-11, 1992

"Captain C" Strikes In Canandaigua

The man dubbed "Captain C" (as in crossover) struck again, literally, to win the $225,000 BPAA U.S. Open at Roseland Bowl. Robert Lawrence, also known as "Bad Boy" on the PBA Tour of late, carried a key "Brooklyn" strike on his second shot in the 10th frame of the championship game against leading qualifier Scott Devers, to earn a three-year exemption into the Firestone Tournament of Champions. It was the third PBA title and the first "major" for Lawrence, Austin, Texas who pocketed the $40,000 first prize.

Both players opened the tile game with a double, spare and strike, and Devers added a fifth-frame strike to grab a seven-pin edge. Lawrence spared twice and then struck in his seventh frame, while Devers opened in his sixth after he failed to convert the 4-6-10 split. Devers benefited by his own high hit for a strike in the ninth and added a 10th frame double and nine-count to force Lawrence to prove himself, which he did. Devers, Richmond, Ind., earned $22,000 for second place.

Devers was complimentary toward Lawrence, "who deserved to win in bowling so well," he said, not acknowledging Lawrence's fortuitous break at the most critical point in their match. "I wasn't thinking about the crowd, which seemed to rally behind Robert when he started with seven strikes in the second game," Devers said.

In the first game of the ABC Sports-televised championship round, 1991 BPAA U.S. Open runnerup Mark Thayer tossed 10 strikes against Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., to advance, 279-253. Lawrence then entered and stopped Thayer, Lafayette, Ind., 245-177. Lawrence next defeated two-time PBA Player of the Year Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, who was looking for his 12th PBA title, but was denied, 196-189.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas667 (3 games)$40,000
2Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind.221 (1 game)22,000
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela186 (1 game)12,000
4Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.456 (2 games)8,000
5Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.253 (1 game)6,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Thayer defeated Learn, 279-253; Lawrence defeated Thayer, 245-177; Lawrence defeated Monacelli, 196-186; and in the championship game, Lawrence defeated Devers, 226-221.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind. 12611 225.2 19-5-0 570 13181 
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12468 222.6 15-9-0 450 12918 
3Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas 12232 218.4 16-8-0 480 12712 
4Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind. 11206 219.4 14-10-0 420 12706 
5Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa. 12233 219.5 10-14-0 300 12533 
#6Scott Alexander, Gig Harbor, Wash. 12016 214.6 13-11-0 390 12406 $5,500
7John Forst, Salt Lake City, Utah 11867 211.9 17-7-0 510 12377 5,000
8Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 11909 212.6 13-11-0 390 12299 4,500
9Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan. 11933 213.1 12-12-0 360 12293 4,000
10Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 11856 211.7 13-11-0 390 12246 3,600
11Peter Hakim, West Babylon, N.Y. 11812 210.9 14-10-0 420 12232 3,400
12Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 11857 211.7 12-12-0 360 12217 3,200
13Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz. 11838 211.4 10-14-0 300 12138 3,000
14Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 11725 209.4 13-11-0 390 12115 2,800
15Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 11792 210.6 10-14-0 300 12092 2,600
16Steve Wunderlich, St. Charles, Mo. 11735 209.6 11-13-0 330 12065 2,400
17Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y. 11706 209.0 11-12-1 345 12051 2,300
18Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 11753 209.3 9-15-0 270 12023 2,200
19Don Moser, Wichita, Kan. 11695 208.8 10-14-0 300 11995 2,100
#20Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 11748 209.8 8-16-0 240 11988 2,000
21Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 11635 207.8 11-12-1 345 11980 1,900
22Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla. 11671 208.4 10-14-0 300 11971 1,850
23David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 11686 208.7 9-15-0 270 11956 1,800
@24John Eiss, Bloomington, Minn. 11528 205.7 7-17-0 210 11738 1,750

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Harry Sullins, Detroit$1,575
26Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, N.C.1,430
27John Tragert, Gaithersburg, Md.1,420
@28Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska1,410
@29Mark Bradley, Akron, Ohio1,400
30Dave D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio1,390
@31Michael Kubacki, Lisle, Ill.1,380
32Richard Abboud, Omaha, Neb.1,370
33Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,360
34Robert Hochrein, Dubuque, Iowa1,350
35George Branham III, Indianapolis1,335
 Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,335
37Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan.1,320
38Dave Wodka, Las Vegas, Nev.1,310
39Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.1,295
 David Traber, Woodstock, Ill.1,295
41Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,280
42Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,270
43Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas1,260
44Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif.1,250
@45Bill Rowe, Hamilton. Ontario, Canada1,240
46Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.1,230
47Brian McClure, Wichita Falls, Texas1,220
48Jim Pencak, Mayfield, Hts., Ohio1,210
49Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,200
50Danny Broadway, Houston1,190
51Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio1,180
52Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,170
53Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.1,160
54Brian Berg, Edmond, Okla.1,150
55Brad Kiszewski, Buffalo, N.Y.1,140
@56Nick Vogelgesang, Lawrenceburg, Ind.1,130
57Dennis Jacques, Monmouth, N.J.1,120
58Pete Kaczmarczyk, Warren, Mich.1,110
@59Scott Koker, Lockport, N.Y.1,100
#60Jim Johnson, Wilmington, Del.1,090

*-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Bob Learn Jr., 7436. 24th place-Ray Edwards, 6855. 60th place-Jim Johnson, 5632. #-Scott Alexander, Del Ballard Jr., Jim Johnson and Rusty Cox rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian LeClair, Pete McCordic, Bill Oakes, Bryan Goebel, Mark Thayer, Bob Handley, David Traber, Steve Jaros, Larry Stephens and Richard Wolfe ($50 each).