Greater Los Angeles Open



$125,000 GREATER LOS ANGELES OPEN
Gable House Bowl, Torrance, Calif., Jan 7-12, 1985

Martin Marks Comeback In Torrance

After two years of nagging injuries and no victories, Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn., broke loose in the championship finals of the $15,000 Greater Los Angeles Open to capture his seventh PBA victory and the $18,000 first prize.

He topped leading qualifier Mark Roth, 244-192, in the championship game.

Martin, who qualified fifth, opened his first two games against George Pappas, and Larry Laub, with four-baggers In registering 233-203 and 257-202 victories.

Against his next opponent, Gary Skidmore, Martin's pin production dropped off rapidly as he fell behind by 33 pins in the fourth frame. Then, as Skidmore suffered back-to-back splits, Martin moved two boards to his left, and went into the lead with a three-bagger and coasted home, 192-170.

Against Roth, Martin's newly found line of play more than held up as Roth simply could not hold onto the ball properly. He left a 4-6-7 split in the second frame and was open in the third as Martin pulled away with a double and three game-ending strikes. Martin also had won here at Gable House in 1980.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.926 (4 games)$18,000
2Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.192 (1 game)9,500
3Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.170 (1 game)7,000
4Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.202 (1 game)5,500
5George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.203 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Martin defeated Pappas, 233-203; Martin defeated Laub, 257-202; Martin defeated Skidmore, 192-170, and in the championship game, Martin defeated Roth, 244-192.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9330 222.1 20-4-0 600 9930 
2Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 9235 219.8 17-7-0 510 9745 
3Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz. 9032 215.0 16-7-1 495 9527 
#4George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9008 214.4 17-7-0 510 9518 
#5Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 9124 217.2 12-11-1 375 9499 
**6Bob Chamberlain, Pontiac, Mich. 8987 213.9 14-10-0 420 9407 $4,075
7Bruce Carter, New Braunfels, Texas 9009 214.5 13-11-0 390 9399 3,600
8Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 8914 212.2 14-10-0 420 9334 3,300
9Wayne Webb, Indianapolis 8948 213.0 12-12-0 360 9308 3,000
10Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 8914 212.2 13-11-0 390 9304 2,800
11Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chino, Calif. 8838 210.4 13-11-0 390 9228 2,600
12Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 8798 209.4 12-12-0 360 9158 2,400
13Dexter Harrod, Redding, Calif. 8789 209.2 12-12-0 360 9149 2,200
14Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis 8714 207.4 14-10-0 420 9134 2,100
15Don Genalo, N. Merrick, N.Y. 8915 212.2 6-18-0 180 9095 2,000
16Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 8740 208.0 11-13-0 330 9070 1,900
17Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8766 208.7 10-14-0 300 9066 1,800
18Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 8773 208.8 9-15-0 270 9043 1,700
19Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 8684 206.7 11-13-0 330 9014 1,600
20Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif. 8737 208.0 9-15-0 270 9007 1,500
21Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J. 8726 207.7 9-15-0 270 8996 1,400
22Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 8672 206.4 9-15-0 270 8942 1,325
23Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb. 8570 204.0 9-15-0 270 8840 1,270
24Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo. 8444 201.0 5-19-0 150 8594 1,220

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.$1,205
26Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,090
27Charlie Lacy, Midland, Texas1,080
28Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif.1,065
 Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,065
30Jerry Buchholz, Santa Clara, Calif.1,050
31Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,040
32Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.1,030
33Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,020
34Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla.1,010
35Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio1,000
36Mike Bouvia, Portland, Ore.985
 Bill Peters, Englewood, Ohio985
38Del Warren, Rockledge, Fla.970
39Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.955
 Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.955
41Guppy Troup, Neptune Beach, Fla.940
42Roger LeBlanc, Burbank, Calif.930
43Bobby Jacks, New Orleans920
44Mike Steinbach, Alsip, Ill.910
45Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.900
46Jim Winklepleck, Portland, Ore.890
47Jerry Miller, Twin Falls, N.D.880
48Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio870
49Mark Fahy, Chicago860
50Keith Kolozsi, Dayton, Ohio850
51Lynn Austermuhl, Anchorage, Alaska835
 Gerry Keslar, Seward, Neb.835
53Dale Eagle, Chicago820

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. # - George Pappas and Steve J. Martin rolled 300 games ($100 each). 18-game qualifying leader - Steve J. Martin, 4117. 24th place - Bob Chamberlain, 3843. 53rd place - Dale Eagle, 3713. PRO-AM CASHERS - Steve Fehr, Hugh Miller, Mitch Jabczenski, Gil Sliker, Mark Roth, Bill Spigner, Bruce Carter, Joe Hutchinson and Dennis Jacques ($50 each).