AC-Delco Classic



$220,000 AC-DELCO CLASSIC
Cal Bowl, Lakewood, CA, Jan 18-22, 1994

Duke Crowned At Cal Bowl

Norm Duke used his experience to his advantage in claiming his fifth PBA title to open the 1994 season at the $220,000 AC-Delco Classic at Cal Bowl. Duke, Oklahoma City, upended leading qualifier and local favorite, Robert Smith, Moorpark, Calif., an amateur bowler, to earn the $44,000 first prize.

Second-seeded, Duke opened the championship game with four strikes, spare, and then tossed three more strikes. Smith started with a spare, opened in his second after failing to convert the 2-4-8-10 split, and then spared again before stringing a five-bagger. By then, Duke had built a 24-pin lead and coasted home for the triumph.

"Robert Smith is not an amateur in the other pro's eyes. We are honored to have him as a future star and I think he should stay an amateur for a long while still," Duke joked. "I know how he feels and it hurts for a long time. I also knew his first three or frames would be shaky."

In the opening game of the ABC Sports' telecast, first-time finalist Steve Wilson defeated Justin Hromek of Andover, Kan., 204-169. Wilson then came from behind to turn back Ken Muscato of Canandaigua, N.Y., 210-187, before falling to Duke in the semifinal, 276-213.

Duke out averaged Smith by half a pin per game over 42 games, so he felt justified in gaining the victory. And Duke assured the media representatives afterwards his earnings and average leads are not ones he regards lightly, or intends to relinquish. Smith earned $22,500 as runner-up, Wilson pocketed $13,000 for third, Muscato collected $10,000 for fourth and Hromek $8,000.

The tournament was the first of a three-year contract between PBA, AC-Delco and Cal Bowl, guaranteeing the AC-Delco Classic will be hosted here through 1996.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Norm Duke, Oklahoma City, OK523 (2 games)$44,000
@2Robert Smith, Moorpark, CA223 (1 game)22,500
3Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, FL627 (3 games)13,000
4Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY187 (1 game)10,000
5Justin Hromek, Andover, KS169 (1 game)8,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Wilson defeated Hromek, 204-169; Wilson defeated Muscato, 210-187; Duke defeated Wilson, 276-213; and in the championship game, Duke defeated Smith, 247-223.

42 GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
@1Robert Smith, Moorpark, CA 9163 218.2 16-8-0 480 9643 
2Norm Duke, Oklahoma City, OK 9177 218.5 13-11-0 390 9567 
3Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY 9004 214.4 16-8-0 480 9484 
4Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 8986 214.0 15-9-0 450 9436 
5Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, FL 8884 211.5 17-7-0 510 9394 
6Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ 8966 213.5 13-9-2 420 9386 $6,500
7Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 8936 212.8 14-10-0 420 9356 5,500
8Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 8948 213.1 12-12-0 360 9308 5,000
9Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 8974 213.7 11-13-0 330 9304 4,500
10Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX 8998 214.2 10-14-0 300 9298 4,000
11Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 8926 212.5 11-13-0 330 9256 3,600
12Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 8836 210.4 11-12-1 345 9181 3,300
13Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY 8766 208.7 13-11-0 390 9156 3,000
14Hugh Miller, Seattle 8749 208.3 13-11-0 390 9139 2,800
15Chris Warren, Dallas 8789 209.3 11-13-0 330 9119 2,600
16Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 8646 205.9 15-9-0 450 9096 2,500
17Greg Thomas, Old Town, ID 8753 208.4 10-14-0 300 9053 2,400
18Tony Figuiera Torrance, CA 8711 207.4 11-13-0 330 9041 2,300
19David Ozio, Vidor, TX 8766 208.7 9-15-0 270 9036 2,200
20Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 8698 207.1 11-13-0 330 9028 2,100
21Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 8750 208.3 8-15-1 255 9005 2,050
22Doug Kent, Canandaigua' NV 8628 205.4 10-14-0 300 8928 2,000
23Tony Westlake, Edmond, OK 8466 201.6 11-13-0 330 8796 1,950
24Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, OH 8606 204.9 5-19-0 150 8756 1,900

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA$1,850
26Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE1,690
27Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,650
28George Branham III, Indianapolis1,590
29Bryan Bailey, Grove City, PA1,580
30Harry Sullins, Ann Arbor, MI1,560
31Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL1,540
32Don Moser, San Jose, CA1,520
33Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ1,500
34Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR1,480
35David Traber, Woodstock IL1,470
36Marshall Holman, Medford, OR1,460
37John Handegard, Las Vegas1,450
38Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,440
#39Brian Voss, Atlanta1,430
40Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH1,420
41Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK1,410
42Bobby Knipple Long Beach, CA1,395
 Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,395
44Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,380
45Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,370
46Jason Couch, Winter Garden, FL1,360
#47David Cogswell, Canyon Country, A1,350
48Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,335
 Derek Williams, Groves, TX1,335
50Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,320
@51Jim Hamrick, CA1,310
52Jimmy Keeth, West Palm Beach1,300
53Donald Blatchford, Ramona, CA1,290

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Mike Aulby, 4022. 24th place-Chris Warren, 3811. 53rd-place-Donald Blatchford, 3686. #-Brian Voss and David Cogswell rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Steve Hoskins, George Branham III, Rick Steelsmith, Brett Storey, Jason Couch, Chris Warren, Chris Zuniga, Don Moser, Parker Bohn III, Michael Fletcher, Ron Williams, Chip Petiford, Dave Bolles, Kirk Von Krueger, Joe Firpo, Len Blakey, Mike Shady, Sieve Hardy, Billy Yinger, Ron Soffel, Bob Learn Jr., Jim Murtishaw, David Cogswell, Tony Rosamilia, Bryan Goebel and Frank Bellinder ($50 each). @-Non-BA member.