Firestone Tournament Of Champions



$200,000 FIRESTONE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 17-21, 1984

Durbin Unstoppable In Firestone

Mike Durbin became the first bowler tow in the Firestone Tournament of Champions three times, doing it the same week he was enshrined in the PBA Hall of Fame.

Durbin, the 1972 and '82 victor at Riviera Lanes, came from fourth place in the championship round, rolling 950 for four games while overwhelming his last three opponents.

Steve Cook, the 1981 Firestone winner, was Durbin's first victim, falling 205-188 in what proved to be the closest match of the day.

Then Durbin fell into dead stroke, routing George Pappas, 255-191; Joe Salvemini, 244-198; and top-seeded Mike Aulby; 246-163. Durbin's 13th PBA title was worth $40,000, pushing his career PBA earnings past $600,000 of which more than 25 percent has been a result of the Firestone.

"I would not mind if every tournament was here at Riviera," said the 42-year-old Durbin.

Earlier in the week Durbin realized one of his most sought bowling goals when he was ceremoniously placed into the PBA Hall of Fame along with PBA Public Relations Director Bud Fisher and veteran Glenn Allison.

In the exciting tournament days that followed, Cook built up nearly a 500-pin advantage before faltering badly during the last two rounds of match play and barely clinging to the fifth spot in the championship round.

Meanwhile Aulby, who had not seen action on the PBA Tour for more than a month due to illness, came on strong to outdistance Salvemini by 115 pins for the top-seeded position. Veteran strokers Pappas and Durbin completed the championship round field, representing the immediate past president and current president of the PBA.

In the title game, Aulby opened in the fourth and fifth frames while Durbin, who was zeroed in on the pocket, built a 52-pin lead. The match never tightened with Durbin on top going away.

The win enabled Durbin to move a notch ahead of Earl Anthony, Dave Davis and Jim Godman, each of who has won the Firestone twice.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio950 (4 games)$40,000
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis163 (1 game)22,000
3Joe Salvemini, Reno, Nev.198 (1 game)15,000
4George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.191 (1 game)10,000
5Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.188 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Durbin defeated Cook, 205-188; Durbin defeated Pappas, 255-191; Durbin defeated Salvemini, 244-198; and in the championship game, Durbin defeated Aulby, 246-163.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10379 216.2 17-7-0 510 10889 
2Joe Salvemini, Reno, Nev. 10294 214.4 16-8-0 480 10774 
3George Pappas, Charlotte, N. C. 10288 214.3 15-9-0 450 10738 
4Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls. Ohio 10374 216.1 12-12-0 360 10734 
5Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 10275 214.0 13-11-0 390 10665 
**6Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 10100 210.4 15-9-0 450 10550 $5,850
7Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 10154 211.5 12-12-0 360 10514 5,000
8Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio 10056 209.5 15-9-0 450 10506 4,500
#9Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 10011 208.5 13-11-0 390 10401 4,000
10Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 10081 210.0 10-14-0 300 10381 3,500
11Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y. 10016 208.6 11-12-1 345 10361 3,200
12Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 9932 206.9 14-10-0 420 10352 3,000
13Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 10019 208.7 10-14-0 300 10319 2,900
14Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 9962 207.5 11-13-0 330 10292 2,800
15Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 9886 205.9 11-13-0 330 10216 2,700
16Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J. 9810 204.3 13-11-0 390 10200 2,600
17Wayne Webb, Carmel, Ind., 9912 206.5 9-15-0 270 10182 2,500
18Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 9836 204.9 11-12-1 345 10181 2,400
19Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9837 204.9 10-13-1 315 10152 2,300
20Don Genalo, N. Merrick, N.Y. 9813 204.4 11-13-0 330 10143 2,200
21Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 9819 204.5 9-15-0 270 10088 2,100
22Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 9807 204.3 9-15-0 270 10077 2,000
23Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla. 9669 201.4 9-14-1 285 9954 1,900
24Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 9631 200.6 10-14-0 300 9931 1,800

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis$1,775
26Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore.1,700
27Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,700
28Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.1,700
29Rickie Sajek, Highland, Ind.1,650
30Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.1,650
31Dick Weber, St. Louis1,650
32Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,650
33Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.1,600
34Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,600
35Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,600
36Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.1,600
37Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,550
38Dale Eagle, Chicago1,550
39Randy Lightfoot, St. Chas., Mo.1,550
40Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn.1,550
41Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif.1,500
 Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.1,500
43Bill Spigner, Chicago1,500
44Dennis Jacques, Belford, N.J.1,500
45Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,450
46Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa.1,450
47Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.1,450
48Mike Lastowski, Baltimore, Md.1,450
49Bob Chamberlain, Pontiac, Mich.1,400
50Steve Westberg, Cottage Gr., Ore.1,400
51Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,400
52Butch Soper, Newport Beach., Calif.1,400

* - Match play alternate. **-TV finals alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Steve Cook, 5296. 24th place -Art Trask, 4963. # - Gary Dickinson rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS - Steve Martin, Gary Dickinson, Hugh Miller, Mark Baker, Steve Cook, Tommy Hudson, Darryl Bower, Johnny Petraglia ($50 each). Marshall Holman and Tom Baker ($25 each).
SQUAD PRIZES - High Block: Steve Fehr-1,808, Mark Baker-1,813, Gary Dickinson-1,844, Mike Aulby-1,870, Mike Durbin-1,822 and George Pappas-1,754 ($500 each). High Game: Joe Salvemini-288, Sam Zurich-269, Gary Dickinson-300, Steve Cook-289, Joe Salvemini-289 and Ernie Schlegel-279 ($250 each). High Game of tournament Dickinson-300 ($500).