Tucson PBA Open



$125,000 TUCSON PBA OPEN
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz., Jun 30-Jul 4, 1992

Finally - Victory For Vespi

It was Independence Day for Bob Vespi, who forgot four previous frustrating trips to the championship round in 1992 by notching his first PBA title in the $125,000 Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes. There was good reason for fireworks after the explosive demonstration Vespi displayed in upsetting leading qualifier Ron Williams, 234-203, to collect the $18,000 first prize and a berth into the 1993 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Both players opened the championship game with strikes, and Vespi added two more strikes, while Williams didn't strike again until the fifth frame, when he was behind by 12 pins and never climbed any closer. Williams, Fort Worth, Texas, was making his second consecutive appearance among the final five and was seeking his third PBA title, but first in more than two years. He earned $9,500 as runnerup.

The ABC Sports televised finals of the 31st annual Tucson Open (PBA's second oldest continuing venue, behind only Las Vegas' Showboat Invitational) began with Vespi topping 1980's PBA Player of the Year Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas, 244-225. Vespi then defeated David Traber, Woodstock, Ill., 259-226, and defending champion Norm Duke of Albuquerque, N.M., 244-187.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla.981 (4 games)$18,000
2Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas203 (1 game)9,500
3Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M.187 (1 game)7,000
4David Traber, Woodstock, Ill.226 (1 game)5,500
5Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas225 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Vespi defeated Webb, 244-225; Vespi defeated Traber, 259-226; Vespi defeated Duke, 244-187; and in the championship game, Vespi defeated Williams, 234-203.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas 9899 235.7 18-6-0 540 10439 
#2Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M. 9912 236.0 17-7-0 510 10422 
3David Traber, Woodstock, III. 9769 232.6 14-10-0 420 10189 
4Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 9644 229.6 18-6-0 540 10184 
5Bob Vespi, Plantation, Fla. 9620 229.1 16-8-0 480 10100 
6Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9658 230.0 13-10-1 405 10063 $4,000
@7Michael Tountas, Tucson, Ariz. 9627 229.2 14-10-0 420 10047 3,600
8Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9569 227.8 15-9-0 450 10019 3,300
9Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla. 9563 227.7 15-9-0 450 10013 3,000
#10Bob Spaulding, Harrisburg, Pa. 9663 230.1 9-14-1 285 9948 2,800
11Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif. 9485 225.8 14-9-1 435 9920 2,600
12Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9545 227.3 12-12-0 360 9905 2,400
13Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 9483 225.8 12-11-1 375 9858 2,200
14Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo. 9481 225.7 11-12-1 345 9826 2,100
15Harry Sullins, Detroit 9334 222.2 12-12-0 360 9694 2,000
16Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 9311 221.7 10-14-0 300 9611 1,900
#17Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9348 222.6 8-19-0 240 9588 1,800
18Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9352 222.7 7-17-0 210 9562 1,700
19Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 9206 219.2 9-15-0 270 9476 1,600
20Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9181 218.6 9-15-0 270 9451 1,500
#21Jess Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz. 9173 218.4 9-15-0 270 9443 1,400
22Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas 9138 217.6 9-14-1 285 9423 1,300
23Brian Berg, Edmond, Okla. 9112 217.0 8-16-0 240 9352 1,250
24Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan. 9120 217.1 6-18-0 180 9300 1,200

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Brad Snell. Elk Grove, Ill.$1,190
26Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, Texas1,040
27Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, N.Y.1,010
28Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.980
 Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.980
30Scott Alexander, Gig Harbor, Wash.945
 Steve Fields, Stockton, Calif.945
32Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y.930
#33Larry Stephens, Los Angeles920
34Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts, Ohio910
35Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.900
36Dave D'Entremont, Parma, Ohio890
37Billy Young, Edmond, Okla.880
38Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan.870
39Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.860
40Danny Wiseman, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.850
41Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas840
42Rodney Wallace, Eagle Point, Ore.830
43Roger Haskell, Kent, Wash.820
44Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla.810
45Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.800
46Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.790
47Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.780
48Don Moser, Wichita, Kan.770
49Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, Mich.760
#50Bob Laster, Anaheim, Calif.745
 Thomas Young, Springfield, Mo.745
52Doug Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y.730
53Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.720

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Ron Williams, 4283. 24th place-Mark Williams, 4036. 53rd place - Hugh Miller, 3942. #-Bob Spaulding (2), Norm Duke (2), Larry Stephens, Bob Laster, David Ozio, John Cook, Jess Stayrook and Tom Crites rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Philip Ringener, Pete Weber, Danny Wiseman, Bob Logel, Kelly Coffman, Chris Warren, Ryan Shafer and Dennis Jacques ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.