Firestone Tournament Of Champions



$250,000 FIRESTONE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 22-26, 1986

Million Dollar Marshall Wins Second Firestone T Of C

"This is my greatest moment as a bowler!" yelled a jubilant Marshall Holman, holding a $50,000 check and the trophy symbolic of his second victory in the prestigious $250,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

The Medford, Ore., pro duplicated his 1976 win at Riviera Lanes with a 233-211 decision over Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif., in the title match.

The victory was Holman's 20th on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour, but that was only the first of several milestones he achieved during pro bowling's biggest showcase.

The $50,000 check - the largest in PBA history - put him over the $1 million mark ($1,020,619), making him professional bowling's third millionaire, joining Earl Anthony and Mark Roth. Holman also became the fifth player to win the Firestone more than once and the sixth to win 20 titles.

"I know Earl passed the million dollar mark by winning the Toledo Trust PBA National in Toledo and Mark did it by winning a national tournament in Detroit, so I thought, 'What a great place to do it - the Firestone,' " Holman said.

Before capturing his fourth major title (he also owns a pair of BPAA U.S. Open wins), Holman watched as Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio, eliminated Mike Aulby, 224-210, in the opening game of the nationally televised finals (ABC Sports).

Baker, returning to the T of C after failing to qualify in 1985, then stopped Genalo, 227-190, and edged Firestone "rookie" Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla., 215-202, to reach the title match.

During the semifinal match, Baker was distracted when Warren accidentally dropped a pair of scissors in the seventh frame with Baker on the approach. Baker stepped off the approach, but then left a solid 4-9 split. That left Warren within striking distance. Baker struck out in the 10th for the win, but his problems on the approach were not over.

In the title match against Holman, Baker stuck at the foul line in the third frame on lane 28 and left the "Greek Church" (4-6-7-9-10 split) to fall behind by 28 pins. Holman, however, failed to take advantage of the situation and made a costly error in the fourth by missing a two-pin.

Baker struck in the fourth and had the opportunity to cut his deficit to just five pins with a strike in the fifth. He got the strike, but his foot went over the foul line, negating the double.

"During the commercial break (prior to his fourth frame) I saw a big black mark on the approach," Baker said. "Lichy (PBA Player Services Director Larry Lichstein) took it out with some steel wool and it seemed OK.

"Then on my next shot there, I slid too far and only fouled by about a foot," he joked. "But, hey, things like this happen. I came back to make a match out of it and I'm proud of myself."

Baker spared after the foul and then struck on his next four shots. By that time Holman had put together a string of five strikes to put the match away.

"I don't know what happened on that two-pin," said Holman. "I must have taken a mental vacation. I guess I didn't know what I was doing. But the only reason I won this tournament is because I had really good carry."

Earlier in the week, after taking the lead in the fifth round, Holman saw a rare opportunity to match a feat by PBA Hall of Famer Mike Durbin. "Mike won the Firestone in 1972 and then again in 1982," Holman noted. "Well, I won it in 1976 and I wanted to do it again in 1986.

"I just hope I don't have to wait another 10 years to win it again," he said.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.233 (1 game)$50,000
2Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.653 (3 games)28,000
3Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.202 (1 game)20,000
4Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio414 (2 games)15,000
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis210 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Genalo defeated Aulby, 224-210; Baker defeated Genalo, 227-190; Baker defeated Warren, 215-202; and in the championship game, Holman defeated Baker, 233-211.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 10558 220.0 15-9-0 450 11008 
2Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla. 10538 219.5 15-9-0 450 10988 
3Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 10520 219.2 15-9-0 450 10970 
4Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 10550 219.8 13-10-1 405 10955 
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10564 220.1 11-12-1 345 10909 
6Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 10491 218.6 11-11-2 360 10851 $8,500
7Jim Stefanich, Joliet, III. 10446 217.6 12-12-0 360 10806 7,300
8Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 10422 217.1 12-12-0 360 10782 6,300
9Guppy Troup, Neptune Beach, Fla. 10344 215.5 14-i0-0 420 10764 5,500
10Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 10340 215.4 13-10-1 405 10745 5,000
11Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 10395 216.6 11-12-1 345 10740 4,500
12Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla., 10336 215.3 12-12-0 360 10696 4,000
#13Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 10317 214.9 12-12-0 360 10677 3,500
14Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 10232 213.2 13-10-1 405 10637 3,200
15Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 10286 214.3 11-12-1 345 10631 3,000
16Pete Weber, St. Louis 10269 213.9 12-12-0 360 10629 2,800
17Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 10232 213.2 12-11-1 375 10607 2,700
18Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 10206 212.6 11-11-2 360 10566 2,600
19Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 10207 212.6 11-13-0 330 10537 2,500
#20Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 10134 211.1 10-13-1 305 10449 2,400
21Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 10115 210.7 11-13-0 330 10445 2,300
22David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 10093 210.3 9-14-1 285 10378 2,200
23Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 10014 208.6 11-13-0 330 10344 2,150
24Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 9918 206.6 4-19-1 135 10053 2,100

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Tony Cariello, Des Plaines, Ill.$2,050
26Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,900
27Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J.1,900
28Mat Acosta, Manteca, Calif.1,900
29Bill Spigner, Chicago1,850
30Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind.1,850
31Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,850
32George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,850
33Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,800
 Dick Weber, St. Louis1,800
35Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.1,800
36Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.1,800
37Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa.1,750
38Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,750
39Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,750
40Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,750
41Wayne Webb, Indianapolis1,700
42Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.1,700
43Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.1,700
44Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,700
45Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hts., Mich.1,650
46Peter Hakim, Forest Hills, N.Y,1,650
47Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,650
48Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.1,650
49Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.1,600
50Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio1,600
51filly Walden, Troy, Mo1,600
52Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,600

* - Match play alternate. # - Steve Wunderlich and Bob Handley rolled 300 games. Wunderlich received $500 for rolling the first in the tournament and Handley received $100. 24-game qualifying leader - Mark Baker, 5341. 24th place - Johnny Petraglia, 5111. PRO-AM CASHERS - Joe Berardi ($100). Don Genalo, Marshall Holman, Guppy Troup and Tom Baker ($50 each). SQUAD PRIZES - High Blocks: Gary Dickinson-1837, Tom Milton-1907, Jim Stefanich-1910, Mike Aulby-1851, Pete Weber-1781, Mike Aulby- 1859 ($500 each). High Games: Steve Wunderlich-300, Tom Baker and Steve Wunderlich-289 ($125 each), Bob Handley-300, Mark Baker-290, Johnny Petraglia-269, Billy Young Jr.-280 ($250 each).