Kessler Classic



$85,000 KESSLER CLASSIC
Astro Bowl, Greenwood, Ind., Oct 19-23, 1979

Roth Toasts Another Record

Mark Roth became the first bowler in PBA history to win $100,000 in three separate years as he topped Joe Berardi, 226-200, for the $11,000 first prize and his fifth victory of the year in the Kessler Classic in Indianapolis. Roth trailed early in the title game, once by 22 pins, before connecting on five strikes from the fifth through ninth frames. A seven-pin conversion in the 10th frame clinched the win for Roth, who had won the top-seeded position at Astro Bowl by 106 pins.

Berardi, looking for his third title of the year, rolled 736 his first three matches in surging from fourth place to the championship match. His first victim was Art Trask, 257-212, followed by Gil Sliker, 237-151, and Dennis Lane, 242-227.

It was the PBA's first tournament in the Indianapolis area since 1963.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Roth, North Arlington, N.J.226 (1 game)$11,000
2Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.936 (4 games)6,000
3Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.227 (1 game)5,000
4Gil Sliker, Washington, N. J.151 (1 game)4,000
5Art Trask, Miami, Fla.212 (1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Berardi defeated Trask, 257-212; Berardi defeated Sliker, 237-151; Berardi defeated Lane, 242-227, and in the championship game, Roth defeated Berardi, 226-200.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Roth, North Arlington, N. J. 9266 220.6 17-7-0 510 9776 
2Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9250 220.2 14-10-0 420 9670 
3Gil Sliker, Washington, N. J. 9092 216.4 17-7-0 510 9602 
4Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N. Y. 9150 217.8 15-9-0 450 9600 
5Art Trask, Miami, Fla. 9054 215.5 16-8-0 480 9534 
6Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 9119 217.1 13-11-0 390 9509 $3,050
7Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 9035 215.1 11-13-0 330 9365 2,500
8Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8892 211.7 14-10-0 420 9312 2,200
9Dan Roche, Downey, Calif. 8885 211.5 13-11-0 390 9275 2,000
10Arnie Goldman, Chicago 8897 211.8 12-12-0 360 9257 1,900
11Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash. 8874 211.2 12-11-1 375 9249 1,800
12Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 8812 209.8 13-10-1 405 9217 1,700
13Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 8845 210.5 12-12-0 360 9205 1,600
14Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 8912 212.1 9-15-0 270 9182 1,500
15Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8757 208.5 10-13-1 315 9072 1,450
16Rich Martinez, Yuba City, Calif. 8739 208.0 11-13-0 330 9069 1,400
17Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 8764 208.6 9-14-1 285 9049 1,350
18Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif. 8678 206.6 12-12-0 360 9038 1,300
19Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif. 8704 207.2 10-14-0 300 9004 1,250
20Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 8608 204.9 13-11-0 390 8998 1,200
#21Joseph Groskind, Memphis, Tenn. 8686 206.8 10-14-0 300 8986 1,150
22Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 8710 207.3 9-15-0 270 8980 1,100
23Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N. Y. 8629 205.4 9-15-0 270 8899 1,050
24Keith Craycraft, New Martinsville, W. Va. 8439 200.8 5-19-0 150 8587 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25John Voso, Euclid, Ohio$965
26Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.860
27George Pappas, Charlotte, N. C.830
28Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.810
29Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan.800
30Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.790
31Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.780
32Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.770
33Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.760
34Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.750
35Mike Aulby, Indianapolis740
36Dale Glenn, Northridge, Calif.730
37Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa.720
38Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.710
39Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore.700
40David Long, Long Beach, Calif.690
41Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.680
42Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash.660
 Teata Semiz, Fairfield, N.J.660
 Jeff Valentine, Hopkinton, Mass.660
45Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio640
46Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio630
47Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.620
48Ron Young, Youngstown, Ohio610

*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Bill Spigner, 4,039. 24th place - Jay Robinson, 3,818. Joseph Groskind received $100 for 300 game. PRO-AM CASHERS - Wendell Davis, Wayne Webb, Dave Husted, Mark Roth, Jerry Hamilton, and Louie Moore.