Denver Open



$95,000 DENVER OPEN
Celebrity Fun Center, Denver, Colo., Jul 3-7, 1981

Baker Goes On Record Spree

Tom Baker rewrote the record book in five categories and upped his personal winning streak to three straight tournaments in the $95,000 Denver Open.

Baker won the Pennzoil Open before skipping the next event in Tucson. He teamed with Joe Hutchinson to win the Showboat-PBA Doubles Classic and got off to a fast start in the Mile High City with national tour records over six and 12 games. Later he bested Barry Asher's 10-year-old record, for 42-game pin-fall by three pins while easily recording the highest overall total, including bonus pins, ever witnessed on tour.

With a 300-300 tie against Pete Weber in the fifth round, Baker entered the record book as a participant in the highest scoring PBA match. Almost anti-climactic was Baker's, 191-178, championship game victory over Art Trask who needed a double in the 10th frame to win but left a 1-2-4-10 "washout."

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.191 (1 game)$12,000
2Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.886 (4 games)7,000
3Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.223 (1 game)6,000
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis213 (1 game)5,000
5Al Stonum, S. San Francisco212 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Trask defeated Stonum, 257-212; Trask defeated Aulby, 227-213; Trask defeated Weber, 224-223; and in the championship game, Baker defeated Trask, 191-178.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 10383 247.2 15-8-1 465 10848 
#2Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9861 234.7 13-10-1 405 10266 
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9829 234.0 14-10-0 420 10249 
4Al Stonum, S. San Francisco 9804 233.4 11-11-2 360 10164 
5Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 9534 227.0 17-6-1 525 10059 
**6Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 9611 228.8 13-11-0 390 10001 $3,550
7Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9550 227.3 14-8-2 450 10000 3,000
8Freddy McClerkin, Aurora, Colo. 9505 226.3 15-8-1 465 9970 2,800
9Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan. 9575 227.9 13-11-0 390 9965 2,600
10Bo Bowden, Dallas 9451 225.0 15-9-0 450 9901 2,400
11Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y. 9460 225.2 14-10-0 420 9880 2,200
12Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 9607 228.7 9-15-0 270 9877 2,000
13Tom Kohler, Tucson, Ariz. 9406 223.9 13-11-0 390 9796 1,800
14Pete McCordic, Houston 9416 224.1 11-13-0 330 9746 1,700
15Matt Surina, Seattle, Wash. 9353 222.6 12-12-0 360 9713 1,600
16Nick Tjotjos, Cleveland 9313 221.7 10-14-0 300 9613 1,500
17Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 9202 221.0 10-14-0 300 9582 1,400
18Rich Carrubba, Irvine, Calif. 9203 219.1 11-13-0 330 9533 1,300
19John Brashears, Mesquite, Texas 9220 219.5 10-14-0 300 9520 1,250
#20Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash. 9289 221.1 7-16-1 225 9514 1,200
21David White, Oklahoma City, Okla. 9192 218.8 10-14-0 300 9492 1,150
#22Bob Roy, Englewood, Colo. 9299 221.4 6-18-0 100 9479 1,100
23Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9140 217.6 11-13-0 330 9470 1,050
24Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore. 9134 217.4 9-14-1 285 9419 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
**25Frankie May, Reading, Pa.$980
26Ken Hall, Albany, N.Y.860
27Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.820
 Rich Martinez, Yuba City, Calif.820
29Dan Allen, Lakewood, Colo.805
30Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.770
31Tony Acosta, Hialeah, Fla.760
32Greg Damaskos, Yakima, Wash.750
33Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.740
34Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.730
35Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.720
36Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs, Colo.705
 Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo.705
38Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.690
#39Shannon Starnes, Ft. Worth, Texas680
40Jim Dyck Jr., Cheney, Wash.665
 Gip Lentine, Rowland Hts., Calif.665
42Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.650
43Ken Fernandez, Rogue River, Ore.640
44Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.630
45Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.620
46Randy Donaldson, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.610
47Shawn Christensen, Denver, Colo.600
48Jim Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore.590

* - Match Play Alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 18-game qualifying leader- Baker, 4469. 24th place- Kohler, 4036. t7 Fred Mattson, Bob Roy, Ted Hannahs, Rick Jones, Shannon Starnes, Tom Baker (2) and Pete Weber (2) rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) - Henry Gonzalez, Tom Laskow, Sam Zurich, Jeff Bellinger, Guppy Troup, Randy Donaldson, Tom Baker, J.B. Blaylock, Frank Ellenburg, Rich Carrubba, Bob Glass, Bo Bowden, Mike Miller, Joe Hutchinson, Clarke Moore, Billy George, Earl Anthony, Al Formicola, Bob Sanderson, Sam Flanagan, George Pappas and Mike Sparacino. ($100 each) - Tommy Hudson and Nelson Burton Jr.