Choice Hotels Classic



$275,000 CHOICE HOTELS CLASSIC
Don Carter's All-Star Lanes - Sawgrass, Sunrise, Fla., Feb 7-11, 1995

D'Entremont Up To The Challenge; Wins $275,000 Choice Hotels Classic

Dave D'Entremont was not to be denied both the Choice Hotels Classic for his third PBA title, and one-game"Winning Never Gets Old" Challenge at Don Carter's All Star Lanes in Sunrise, Fla. Leading qualifier D'Entremont,Middleburg Hts., Ohio, posted a 242-214 championship game win against local favorite Tommy Evans, which wasworth the $45,000 first prize. He then outstruck PBA Senior Tour point representative Gene Stus, 268-245, for the$25,000 winner-take-all Challenge stakes in the final game.

D'Entremont started the title game with a triple, but opened in his fourth frame to temporarily hand the lead to Evans, who simply couldn't match D'Entremont's striking power the rest of the way and had to settle for the $23,000 runnerup check.

Evans, already a back-to-back champ in the PBA's first two senior tournaments of 1995, appeared headed for a clean sweep of both the tournament and Challenge crowns, much to the emotional enjoyment of his hometown fans. But D'Entremont gained the tournament lead on the final day of match play and held off all charges to wrest the title from him.

I In the Challenge match, both players matched strikes through four frames before Stus finally blinked in the fifthand D'Entremont's opening string stretched for two more strikes. After sparing in the seventh, D'Entremontadded a three-bagger and coasted home.

The ABC Sports telecast began with the Senior Tour point leaden' showdown between Stus and John Handegard, with the 1992 Senior Player of the Year bettering '91 PBA Senior Player of the Year Handegard of Las Vegas, 236-272. Stus took home a $7,500 check as the top senior finisher among the five qualifiers invited by Choice, and Handegard made $5,000.

In the second game Evans took the lanes and sidelined Dave Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., 223-177, with the 1992 PBA Player of the Year taking home a $13,000 third-place payday.

Prior to airtime, five preliminary games were contested among senior point qualifiers two, three, four and five, plus tournament seeds three, tour and flue. Evans opened his potential "double dip" day by pounding Ron Winger of Tarzana, Calif., 224-167, and then fell to Gary Dickinson, 225-193. The reigning PBA Senior Player of the Year then was defeated by Handegard in near-parted fashion, 278-231, to pair Handegard on air against nemesis Stus. Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., Evans and Winger all earned $2,500.

Ferraro then defeated good friend and two-time PBA Player of the Year Amleto Monacelli, 262-179 and first-time finalist Dennis Rakauskas, 269-236, before cooling off when the network television lights came on. Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., ultimately earned $13,000 as the tournament's third-place finisher, Rakauskas, Longwood, Fla., collected $9,000 for fourth playa and Monacelli, Venezuela, earned $7,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH242 (1 game)$45,000
2Tommy Evans, Sunrise, FL437 (2 games)23,000
3Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY708 (3 games)13,000
4Dennis Rakauskas L. wood, FL236 (7 game)9,000
5Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela179 (1 game)7,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS--Ferraro defeated Monacelli, 262-179; Ferraro defeated Rakauskas, 269-236: Evans defeated Ferraro, 223-177; and in the championship game, D'Entremont defeated Evans, 242-214. WINNING NEVER GETS OLD CHALLENGE MATCH-D'Entremont defeated Gene Stus, 268-245, for $25,000.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9501 226.2 18-5-1 555 10056 
2Tommy Evans, Sunrise, FL 9554 227.5 16-8-0 480 10034 
3Dennis Rakauskas, Longwood, FL 9364 222.9 19-3-2 600 9964 
4Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY 9489 225.9 13-10-1 405 9894 
5Am late Monacelli, Venezuela 9475 225.6 13-11-0 390 9865 
6Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9387 223.5 13-11-0 390 9777 $6,000
7Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 9236 219.9 17-7-0 510 9746 5,000
8Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9325 222.1 14-10-0 420 9745 4,500
9Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 9422 224.3 10-13-1 315 9737 4,000
10Dave Covington, Lake Wales, FL 9274 220.8 11-12-7 345 9619 3,600
11Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY 9230 219.7 12-12-0 360 9590 3,300
12Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9295 221.3 9-15-0 270 9565 3,000
13Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9129 217.4 14-10-0 420 9549 2,800
14Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 9136 217.5 12-12-0 360 9496 2,600
15Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9176 218.5 9-74-1 285 9461 2,400
16George Branham III, Indianapolis 9136 217.5 10-14-0 300 9436 2,300
#17Don Mosey, San Jose, CA 9016 214.7 13-10-1 405 9421 2,200
18Tony Brown, Boca Raton, FL 9024 214.9 11-13-0 330 9354 2,100
19Brian Eaton, Buffalo, NY 9026 214.9 9-13-2 300 9326 2,000
20Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX 9092 216.5 6-16-2 210 9302 1,900
#21Marshall Holman, Medford, OR 8917 212.3 11-13-0 330 9247 1,800
22Chris Warren, Dallas 8848 210.7 9-15-0 270 9118 1,700
23David Ozio, Vidor, TX 8927 212.5 6-18-0 180 9107 1,650
24Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH 8846 210.6 7-17-0 210 9056 1,600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO$1,360
26Norm Duke, Edmond, OK1,303
 Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,303
 Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati1,303
29Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,200
*30Bryon Smith, Winchester, OR1,390
#31Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA1,260
32Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA1,250
33Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC1,240
#34David Traber, Woodstock, IL1,230
35David Carter, Glen Mills, PA1,220
36Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,270
37Scoff Alexander, Seattle1,200
#38Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC1,190
#39Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, NC1,180
40Doug Wallace, Portland, OR1,170
41Greg Kemp, Bryan, TX1,160
42Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,150
#43Craig Auerbach, Miami1,135
 Brian Himmler, Cincinnati1,135
45Marty Trendel, Elgin, IL1,120
46Mike Taylor, San Diego1,110
47Bill Swanson, Palatine, IL1,100
48John Handegard, Las Vegas1,085
 Brett Sterley, Springfield, MO1,085
50Steven Sonnen, Oak Creek, WI1,070
#51Stoney Baker, Alpharetta, GA1,055
 Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NV1,055
53Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL1,035
 Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH1,035
55Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL1,020
56Adam Colton, Coral Springs, FL1,010
57Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK1,005

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Mike Miller, 4250. 24th place-Bob Benoit, 4028. 57th place-Gary Dickinson, 3902. #-Mark Mosayebi, Don Mosey. Gary Dickinson, Tony Rosamilia Eric Forkel, David Traber, Stoney Baker, Craig Auerbach, Guppy Troup and Marshall Hot man (2) rolled 300 games ($90.90 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bob Spaulding, Mark Turney, Rick Steelsmith, Billy . finger, Jeff Morin, Mike Azcarate, Brian Voss, Jason Couch, Chris Warren, Jimmy Keeth, Ron Palombi Jr., Tommy Evans and Tony Lanning ($50 each).