Pennzoil Open



$125,000 PENNZOIL OPEN
Gable House Bowl, Torrance, Calif., Jun 9-13, 1981

Baker Drives To Pennzoil Title

Tom Baker closed with eight straight strikes to top Mike Aulby, 247-205, in the inaugural $125,000 Pennzoil Open in Torrance, California.

Top-seeded Baker trailed Aulby by one pin after four frames of the title match before going "off the sheet" with strikes to collect the $20,000 first prize and his second PBA title. His first had come one year earlier in the 1980 Northern California Open.

Aulby had gotten to the championship game with a high scoring, 255-246, win over Guppy Troup in which the southpaw Aulby rolled strikes in eight of his first nine frames yet still had to convert a 3-5-6-9 spare in the l0th to win. Troup, coming back from a broken ankle during the Winter Tour, had topped Bill Spigner, 235-203, after Spigner had opened the finals with a 232-228 decision against Wayne Webb.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.247 (1 game)$20,000
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis460 (2 games)11,000
3Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.481 (2 games)7,500
4Bill Spigner, Chicago435 (2 games)6,000
5Wayne Webb, Tucson, Ariz.228 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Spigner defeated Webb, 232-228; Troup defeated Spigner, 235-203; Aulby defeated Troup, 255-246; and in the championship game, Baker defeated Aulby, 247-205.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 9296 221.3 15-8-1 465 9761 
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9174 218.4 13-9-2 420 9594 
3Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla. 9133 217.4 15-9-0 450 9583 
4Wayne Webb, Tucson, Ariz. 9175 218.4 12-12-0 360 9535 
5Bill Spigner, Chicago 9141 217.6 13-11-0 390 9531 
**6Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9016 214.6 16-7-1 495 9511 $4,050
7Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9146 217.7 11-13-0 330 9476 3,600
8David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9106 216.8 12-12-0 360 9466 3,200
9Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9065 215.8 13-11-0 390 9455 3,000
10Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 9063 215.7 13-11-0 390 9453 2,800
11Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 8987 213.9 15-9-0 450 9437 2,600
12Ken Fernandez, Rogue River, Ore. 9018 214.7 13-10-1 405 9423 2,400
13Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan. 9009 214.5 13-11-0 390 9399 2,200
14Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 9048 215.4 10-14-0 300 9348 2,100
15Mitch Jabczenski, Taylor, Mich. 9010 214.5 11-13-0 330 9340 2,000
16Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 8971 213.5 11-13-0 330 9301 1,900
17Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 8934 212.7 12-12-0 360 9294 1,800
18Eddie Ressler Jr., Nashua, N.H. 8915 212.2 12-12-0 360 9275 1,700
19Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif. 8796 209.4 13-11-0 390 9186 1,600
20Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 8897 211.8 9-15-0 270 9167 1,500
21Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 8790 209.2 11-13-0 330 9120 1,400
22Pete McCordic, Houston 8745 208.2 7-16-1 225 8970 1,300
23Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 8743 208.1 7-16-1 225 8968 1,240
24Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 8720 207.6 7-16-1 225 8945 1,180

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Rich Hartman, Alton, Ill.$1,105
26Mike Kelly, Seattle, Wash.1,030
27Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.1,020
28Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.1,010
29Jim Clark, Seattle, Wash.1,000
30Dave Johnson, Ashtabula, Ohio990
31Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.980
32Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.970
33Neil Sammons, Van Nuys, Calif.960
34Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.945
 Layton Shirley, Puyallup, Wash.945
36John Handegard, Medford, Ore.925
 Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.925
38Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y.910
39Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho900
40Kenny Hall, Albany, N.Y.890
41Boysie Huber, St. Louis875
 Jim Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore.875
43Jeff Morin, Cleveland860
44Bo Bowden, Dallas850
45Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.840
46Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.830
47Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.820
48Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio810

* - Match Play Alternate. ** -TV finals alternate. #-Steve Wunderlich and Wayne Webb rolled 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader - Guppy Troup, 4043. 24th place - Ernie Schlegel, 3853. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) Bill Coleman, Carmen Salvino, Mark Williams, AI Stonum, Bob Handley, Jim Winklepleck.