Aqua Fest Mr. Gatti's Open



$110,000 AQUA FEST/MR. GATTI'S OPEN
Highland Lanes, Austin, Texas, Aug 13-17, 1982

Skidmore Slides By Four

Gary Skidmore fired a title-winning, 10th-frame strike in defeating Mike Aulby, 218-204, to collect his first PBA championship in the $110,000 Aqua Fest/Mr. Gatti's Open in Austin, Texas.

It was along climb for Skidmore, the fourth-seeded bowler competing in a national tour TV finals for the first time. The 28-year-old right-hander began by defeating veteran Gary Dickinson and newcomer Alan Granat before registering a brilliant 279 against No. 2-seed Dave Husted.

In the final game Aulby, top-seeded by 198 pins, held a 16-pin advantage through six frames but could not put the match away. Skidmore rallied for a ninth-frame strike to set the stage for the dramatic final-frame pressure toss that earned him a berth in the Firestone Tournament of Champions and the $15,000 top prize.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.909 (4 games)$15,000
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis204 (1 game)8,000
3Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.205 (1 game)6,000
4Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo.139 (1 game)5,000
5Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas177 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Skidmore defeated Dickinson, 192-177; Skidmore defeated Granat, 220-139; Skidmore defeated Husted, 279-205; and in the championship match, Skidmore defeated Aulby, 218-204.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9640 229.5 15-8-1 454 10105 
#2Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9382 223.3 17-6-1 525 9907 
3Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo. 9320 221.9 14-10-0 420 9740 
4Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N. M. 9335 222.2 11-12-1 345 9680 
5Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 9309 221.6 11-12-1 345 9654 
#**6Ken Fernandez, Grants Pass, Ore. 9202 219.0 14-10-0 420 9622 $3,550
7Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9241 220.0 12-12-0 360 9601 3,000
8Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 9083 216.2 17-7-0 510 9593 2,800
9Tom Robards, Carmichael, Calif. 9181 218.5 13-10-1 405 9586 2,600
10Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 9268 220.6 9-14-1 285 9553 2,500
11Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 9213 219.3 11-13-0 330 9543 2,400
12Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif. 9104 216.7 13-11-0 390 9494 2,300
13Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 9128 217.3 10-12-2 330 9458 2,200
14Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 9038 215.1 12-12-0 360 9398 2,100
15Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 9044 215.3 11-13-0 330 9374 2,000
16Bruce Carter, Round Rock, Texas 9024 214.8 11-13-0 330 9354 1,900
17Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan. 8982 213.8 11-13-0 330 9312 1,800
#18Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 8917 212.3 13-11-0 390 9307 1,700
19Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 8948 213.0 11-13-0 330 9278 1,600
20Kyle Shedd, Downey, Calif. 8894 211.7 12-12-0 360 9254 1,500
21Pat Dickey, Woodlands, Texas 8924 212.4 10-14-0 300 9224 1,400
22Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 8846 210.6 7-15-2 240 9086 1,300
23Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore. 8831 210.2 8-16-0 240 9071 1,200
24Mike Steinbach, Alsip, 111. 8629 205.4 10-14-0 300 8929 1,100

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y.$995
*26Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,055
27Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.960
28Roger Haskell, Renton, Wash.935
 Shannon Starnes, Ft. Worth, Texas935
30Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif.920
31Amleto Monacelli, Millburn, N.J.910
32Bill Lillard Jr., Houston900
33Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.890
34Skee Foremsky, Conroe, Texas880
35Kevin Gillette, Florence, Ky.870
36Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.860
37Del Ballard, Dallas850
38Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.840
39Doug Laird, Grand Island, Neb.830
40Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.810
 Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.810
 Wayne Webb, Indianapolis810
43Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.790
#44John Green, Manassas, Va.780
45Michael Friedrichs, Glendale, Ariz.770
46Michael Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.760
47Tony Acosta, Hialeah, Fla.750
48Paul McCordic, Houston740

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Robards, 4087. 24th place Fernandez, 3863. # -Gary Fox, David Phelps, Dave Husted, Ken Fernandez, Jimmie Pritts and John Green bowled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Billy George, Bob Phalen, Marshall Holman, Larry Gray, Rick Vittone and Jimmie Pritts Jr. ($50 each).