AMF Dick Weber Classic
$250,000 AMF DICK WEBER CLASSIC
AMF Major League Lanes/Arthur Ashe Center, Richmond, VA, Sep 30-Oct 5, 1994
Mazza Wins Sixth PBA Title
Once the dust had settled and the raining of bowling balls slowed, John Mazza stood alone in the winner's circle at the Arthur Ashe Center in the inaugural $250,000 AMF Dick Weber Classic. Leading qualifier Mazza, Shelby Township, Mich., emerged from the unique round robin arena format played before 2,000-plus fans holding the trophy and his sixth PBA title.
The four finalists bowled each other once and the top two scorers advanced to the championship game, where Mazza defeated good friend Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 216-183, for the $60,000 first prize. Mazza also had earned $5,000 for leading the 30-man invitational field following the 46 games of match play. Mazza then donated the $5,000 check to PBA's official charity, the Children's Miracle Network.
Bohn was well in control in the title game, but suffered back-to-back open frames in his ninth and 10th frames, allowing Mazza the opportunity to come back, which he did by tossing a double, nine-spare. Bohn collected $31,000 as runnerup.
"This (arena finals) is great for bowling," Mazza said. "We need to shake things up a little and this format is great in doing that As long as the fans and media are excited, more people will realize how great this sport is."
In the opening games of the ESPN telecast, Learn defeated Bohn, 258-206, and Mazza edged Joe Firpo, 259-258, with the winners of the first three games also gaining 30 bonus pins.
Bohn came back in the second game to top Firpo, 259-221, and Mazza bettered Learn, 241-220. The critical third game saw Bohn claw his way into the finals by topping Mazza, 248-234, while Firpo and Learn baffled for a berth In the title game which Firpo won, 247-244. Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla., earned $21,000 for third place and Learn took $16,000 home to Erie, Pa., for fourth.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-(Round one) Mazza defeated Firpo, 259-258; Learn defeated Bohn, 258-206. (Round two) Mazza defeated Learn, 241-220; Bohn defeated Firpo, 259-221. (Round three) Bohn defeated Mazza, 248-234; Firpo defeated Learn, 247-244. (Championship match) Mazza defeated Bohn, 216-183. *--Mazza received a $5,000 bonus for leading the field following match play. 46 GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS 30-game qualifying leader-John Mazza, 6888. 16th place-Amleto Monacelli, 6490. #-John Mazza, Steve Hoskins, Bob Spaulding (2) and David Ozio rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn (2), Chris Warren, David Ozio, John Handegard and Steve Hoskins ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.
46 GAME TOTALS
30-game qualifying leader-John Mazza, 6888. 16th place-Amleto Monacelli, 6490. #-John Mazza, Steve Hoskins, Bob Spaulding (2) and David Ozio rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn (2), Chris Warren, David Ozio, John Handegard and Steve Hoskins ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.