Northwest Classic



$115,000 NORTHWEST CLASSIC
Celebrity Bowl, Kennewick, WA, Jul 7-11, 1995

Handegard Becomes Oldest PBA National Champion

John Handegard beat the odds in the Northwest Classic at Celebrity Bowl in Kennewick, Wash., as he captured his first PBA title. At age 57, Handegard, Las Vegas, is now (he oldest player to win a PBA national tournament.

A 10-time PBA senior champion, Handegard rolled through four opponents to collect the $18,000 top prize and a berth into the 1996 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

"Unimaginable...unbelievable...this is the biggest win of my career," said Handegard after his astonishing win. "I can't stop smiling. I've never felt anything like I'm feeling right now."

Handegard's four opponents had a combined 44 national titles. Fifth-seeded, Handegard first disposed of '95 leading money winner Mike Aulby, 215-205. Aulby, Indianapolis, coming off wins at the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions and the American Bowling Congress (ABC) Bud Light Masters, needed two strikes and two pins in the final frame to lock up the win. The 23-time champion failed, leaving the 2-pin on his first ball.

In the second game of the ESPN finals, Norm Duke's bid to become the 16th millionaire in PBA history was thwarted by Handegard. Duke, Edmund, Okla., never led in the match as Handegard rolled nine strikes, including the last five in a row for the 239-225 win. A first or second-place finish would have put Duke over $1 million in career earnings.

In the semifinal game Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan., opened with six strikes against Handegard, but faltered in the eighth frame when he left the 4-6-10 split. That opened the door for Handegard who went on to win, 237-235.

In the title match against six-time champion Mark Williams, Handegard threw 10 strikes in his first 11 shots en route to a 278-247 victory. Williams hasn't won since 1988.

Handegard replaced PBA Hall of Famer Buzz Fazio as the oldest to win a national tournament. Fazio was 56 years and 307 days old when he won the Northern California Open in 1965.

Duke also entered his name into the PBA record book. He and Doug Wallace rolled to a 300 tie in the 19th game of match play. They became only the fourth duo to accomplish the feat. In fact, Duke was involved in a 300 game tie with Purvis Granger at the 1987 Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas. The other record holders are Tom Baker and Pete Weber (Denver, 1981) and David Ozio and Mike Edwards (San Antonio, 1993).

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1John Handegard, Las Vegas969 (4 games)$18,000
2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX247 (1 game)9,500
3Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS235 (1 game)6,000
4Norm Duke, Edmund. OK225 (1 game)5,000
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis205 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Handegard defeated Aulby, 215-205; Handegard defeated Duke, 239-225; Handegard defeated Goebel, 237-235; and in the championship game, Handegard defeated Williams, 278-247.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 10039 239.0 19-5-0 570 10609 
2Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9939 236.6 19-5-0 570 10509 
#3Norm Duke, Edmund, OK 10040 239.1 14-9-1 435 10475 
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9023 233.9 14-10-0 420 10243 
#5John Handegard, Las Vegas 9792 233.1 12-11-1 375 10167 
6Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9866 234.9 10-14-0 300 10166 $3,500
7Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9760 232.4 12-12-0 360 10120 3,200
8Danny Wiseman. Baltimore 9676 230.4 13-11-0 390 10066 3,000
9Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9583 228.2 16-8-0 480 10063 2,800
10Michael Azcarate, Pembroke Pines, FL 9610 228.8 13-11-0 390 10000 2,600
11Mike DeVaney, Escondido, CA 9601 228.6 13-11-0 390 9991 2,400
12Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9503 226.3 13-10-1 405 9908 2,200
13Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9519 226.6 11-12-1 345 9864 2,100
14Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 9533 227.0 11-13-0 330 9863 2,000
15Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 9545 227.3 10-13-1 315 9860 1,900
16Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9513 226.5 11-13-0 330 9843 1,800
#17Doug Wallace, Portland, OR 9496 226.1 10-13-1 315 9811 1,700
18Brian Voss, Atlanta 9505 226.3 10-14-0 300 9805 1,600
19Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9443 224.8 11-13-0 330 9773 1,500
20Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL 9389 223.6 9-15-0 270 9659 1,450
21Len Blakey, Tacoma. WA 9269 220.7 10-14-0 300 9569 1,400
22Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA 9287 221.1 9-15-0 270 9557 1,350
#23Rick Berry, Lake Forest, CA 9252 220.3 9-15-0 270 9522 1,300
24Hugh Miller, Seattle 9174 218.4 6-18-0 180 9354 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*#25David Leverage, Poughkeepsie, NV$1,180
26Dennis Jacques, Grand Rapids. MI1,030
 Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,030
28Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL1,000
29Chris Warren, Dallas980
30David Ozio, Vidor, TX970
31Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK960
#32Tim Criss, Bel Air MD950
33Butch Super, Lake Havasu City, AZ940
34Greg Gomen, Portland, OR930
35David Cogswell, San Fernando. CA920
36Bryon Smith, Winchester, OR910
37George Branham III, Indianapolis900
38Dennis Bailey, Vancouver. WA890
39Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA875
 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX875
47Jeff Hickenbottom, Thous. Oaks, CA860
42Robby Porter, Portland, OR850

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Mark Williams, 4330. 24th place-Bob Spaulding, 4003. 42nd place-Robby Porter, 3910. #-Rick Berry, Tim Criss, Norm Duke, John Handegard, David Leverage, Doug Wallace and Mark Williams rolled 300 games $142.86 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Len Blakey, Parker Bohn III, Gene Bruihl, Jason Porter, Chris Warren and Mark Williams ($50 each).