Bud Light Championship



$200,000 BUD LIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sayville Bowl, Sayville, NY, Apr 16-20, 1996

Ringener Ends 17 Years Of Frustration

Philip Ringener ended a 17-year drought by defeating Joe Firpo, 226-224, to earn his first PBA title. The win was worth $40,000 and qualified Ringener for his first Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

"I can't express the way I feel right now," said Ringener. "I've wanted this for so long and I've been so close. I've never had this feeling before."

Ringener entered the title match as the Tour's most prolific non-champion, having amassed $456,256 in career earnings and finishing second four times. His most recent second-place came at the 1995 Bud Light Championship when he missed a pair of single-pin spares and lost by one pin.

The finals were once again held in an arena setting at the State University of New York-Stony Brook and a capacity crowd looked on as Ringener dueled Firpo shot-for-shot in the final match. Firpo stepped up in the 10th needing a double and two pins to earn his first singles title (his lone win is a doubles title). Firpo got the first strike, but left a four-pin on his second shot to give Ringener the win.

Earlier matches saw Bill Oakes defeat Mike Scroggins, 235-202, and Dave D'Entremont, 279-258, before falling to Firpo in the semifinal match, 268-216. Oakes, Lawton, Okla., earned $12,000 for third, D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, collected $9,000 for fourth and Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas received $7,000 for fifth.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX226 (1 game)$40,000
2Joe Firpo, Bedford, TX492 (2 games)21,000
3Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK730 (3 games)12,000
4Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH258 (1 game)9,000
5Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX202 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Oakes defeated Scroggins, 235-202; Oakes defeated D'Entremont, 279-258; Firpo defeated Oakes, 268-216; and in the championship game, Ringener defeated Firpo, 226-224.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 9513 226.5 19-5-0 570 10083 
2Joe Firpo, Bedford, TX 9467 225.4 15-9-0 450 9917 
#3Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9412 224.1 16-7-1 495 9907 
4Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 9230 219.8 17-6-1 525 9755 
5Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 9359 222.8 13-11-0 390 9749 
6Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9325 222.0 14-10-0 420 9745 $6,000
7Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 9219 219.5 15-9-0 450 9669 5,500
8Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9245 220.1 14-10-0 420 9665 5,000
9Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9203 219.1 13-11-0 390 9593 4,600
10David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9184 218.7 13-10-1 405 9589 4,300
11Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9281 221.0 9-15-0 270 9551 4,000
12Brian Eaton, Buffalo, NY 9210 219.3 9-15-0 270 9480 3,800
13Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9095 216.6 12-12-0 360 9455 3,600
14Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9119 217.1 11-13-0 330 9449 3,400
15Don Moser, San Jose, CA 9092 216.5 11-12-1 345 9437 3,200
16Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA 9126 217.3 9-14-1 285 9411 3,000
17Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC 9156 218.0 8-16-0 240 9396 2,800
18George Branham III, Indianapolis 9095 216.6 9-14-1 285 9380 2,600
19Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 9070 216.0 9-14-1 285 9355 2,400
20Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH 8955 213.2 12-12-0 360 9315 2,300
21Ray Edwards, Centereach, NY 8913 212.2 11-13-0 330 9243 2,200
22Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 8917 212.3 9-14-1 285 9202 2,100
23Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA 8891 211.7 9-15-0 270 9161 2,000
24Tim Scheerer, Newark, DE 8806 209.7 7-17-0 210 9016 1,950

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Stoney Baker, Alpharetta, GA$1,660
t*26Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY1,730
27Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY1,580
28Wayne Webb, Barberton, OH1,560
29Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,540
30Michael Azcarate, Sunrise, FL1,515
 Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS1,515
32David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,500
33Barry Marcus, Old Bridge, NJ1,490
34Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY1,480
35Bryan Bailey, Grove City, PA1,455
 Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY1,455
#Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ1,455
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,455
39Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,430
40Steve Wishner, Port Chester, NY1,420
41Jeff Hickenbottom, Thousand Oaks, CA1,410
42Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ1,400
43Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS1,390
44John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI1,380
45Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA1,370
46Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL1,360
47Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,350
48Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS1,335
 Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY1,335
50Eddie Kline, Sound Beach, NV1,320
51Andy Neuer, Milton, PA1,310
52Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ1,300
53John Handegard, Las Vegas1,290

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bob Spaulding, 4220. 24th place-Steve Hoskins, 3897. 53rd place-John Handegard, 3805. #-Norm Titus and Dave D'Entremont rolled 300 games ($500 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Ed Richardson, Tim Criss, Del Ballard Jr., Chris Warren, Brian LeClair, Amleto Monacelli and Steve Wilson ($50 each). t-Non-PBA member.