Denver Open



$115,000 DENVER OPEN
Celebrity Sports Center, Denver, May 22-26, 1984

Gant "Mile High" At Denver

John Gant, a 26-year-old rookie on the PBA Tour, lived up to his advance notices and captured the $115,000 Denver Open.

He won two games including the title match against leading qualifier Steve Cook, 223-173, to notch his first PBA victory and firmly establish himself as leading contender for Sporting News PBA Rookie of the Year honors.

Gant, who averaged 229 during the 42 games of qualifying and match play, eliminated Pete Weber, 255-215, for the right to face Cook In a battle of southpaws.

Weber looked tough in the early going as he first outscored newcomer Gerry Kesler, 232-215, and then hometown favorite Henry Gonzalez, 252-200. Shawn Christensen tied a PBA record when he rolled three perfect games at the Celebrity Sports Center during the week.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa.478 (2 games)$16,000
2Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.173 (1 game)8,250
3Pete Weber, St. Louis699 (3 games)6,000
4Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.200 (1 game)5,000
5Gerry Keslar, Seward, Neb.215 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Weber defeated Keslar, 232-215; Weber defeated Gonzalez, 252-200; Gant defeated Weber, 255-215; and in the championship game, Gant defeated Cook, 223-173.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9531 226.9 17-7-0 510 10041 
2John Gant, Pittsburgh, Pa. 9642 229.5 12-12-0 360 10002 
3Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo. 9538 277.0 12-12-0 360 9898 
4Pete Weber, St. Louis 9275 220.8 16-8-0 480 9755 
5Gerry Keslar, Seward, Neb. 9266 220.6 14-10-0 420 9688 
**6Mike Morris, Fargo, N.D. 9161 218.1 15-8-1 465 9626 $3,550
#7Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 9225 219.6 13-11-0 390 9615 3,000
8Bob Chamberlain, Pontiac, Mich. 9297 221.3 10-13-1 315 9612 2,800
9Bobby Jacks, New Orleans 9238 219.9 12-12-0 360 9598 2,600
10Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb. 9149 217.8 14-9-1 435 9584 2,500
11Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 9274 220.8 10-14-0 300 9574 2,400
#12Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore. 9180 218.5 12-12-0 360 9540 2,300
13Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 9120 217.1 13-11-0 390 9510 2,200
14Keith Kolozsi, Xenia, Ohio 9092 216.4 13-10-1 405 9497 2,100
15Norm Duke, Mt. Pleasant, Texas 9060 215.7 14-10-0 420 9480 2,000
16Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chino, Calif. 9146 217.7 11-13-0 330 9476 1,900
17Pete McCordic, Houston 9144 217.7 10-14-0 300 9444 1,800
18Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 9088 216.3 10-14-0 300 9388 1,700
19David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8999 214.2 12-12-0 360 9359 1,600
20Mark Fahy, Chicago 8965 213.5 10-14-0 300 9269 1,500
21Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8947 213.0 9-15-0 270 9217 1,400
22Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz. 8848 210.6 12-12-0 360 9208 1,300
23Randy Johnson, Webster Groves, Mo. 8671 206.4 10-14-0 300 8971 1,250
24Mike Barish, Bothell, Wash. 8715 207.5 5-19-0 150 8865 1,200

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mike Aulby, Indianapolis$1,160
+Roger Haskell, Renton, Wash.1,070
27Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,050
28Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,040
#29Shawn Christensen, Denver, Colo.1,030
30Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.1,020
#31Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,010
32Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.995
 Joe Salvemini, Reno, Nev.995
34Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio980
35Jim Miller, Mesa, Ariz.965
 Kent Wagner, Allentown, Pa.965
37Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.950
38Tom Robards, Carmichael, Calif.940
39Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas930
40John Forst, La Grange, Ill.920
41Ralph Smith, Colo. Springs, Colo.910
42Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore.900
43Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif.890
44Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio880
45Scott Buckingham, Anchorage, Alaska865
 Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill865
47Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.850
48Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas840
49Sam Zurich, Hicksville, N.Y.830
50Dennis Jacques, Belford, N.J.820
51Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.805
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis805
53Daniel Eberl, Tonawanda, N.Y.395
 Steve Giljum, Crestwood, Mo.395

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Gerry Keslar, 4143. 24th place -.Brian Voss, 3953. 53rd place - Dan Eberl and Steve Giljum, 3866. # -Shawn Christensen (3), Marshall Holman, Carmen Salvino, George Steinbach, Bob Learn Jr. and Steve J. Martin rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS Hugh Miller, Mats Karlsson, Dave Husted, Bruce Carter, Jack Frost, Mark Williams, Billy Young Jr., Tom Milton, John Gant, Mike Bouvia, Avery LeBlanc and Matt Surina ($50 each). +-Aulby defeated Haskell in a roll-off for alternate spot.