Greater Buffalo Open



$110,000 GREATER BUFFALO OPEN
Thruway Lanes, Cheektowaga, N.Y., Aug 1-6, 1986

Boomer Bellinger Bombs Buffalo

Two non-champions on the PBA Tour battled in the championship game of the Buffalo Open, with Jeff Bellinger emerging the victor against Randy Johnson, 203-181. Initially aggressive in their match, both players were cautious in the closing frames, not wanting to make a mistake and allow the other an opportunity to capitalize.

Bellinger had both television and championship game experience, while Johnson was making his national television debut. Despite solid single-pin leaves in the sixth and crucial ninth frames, Bellinger hung on to pocket the $15,000 top prize and an invitation to the 1987 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Bellinger spared in the 10th frame, but a bad shot and resulting six count on his fill ball allowed Johnson the opportunity to throw a strike and spare for the victory. Johnson tallied six on his first shot, however, to spell his defeat.

The championship round at Thruway Lanes began with PBA Senior sensation and ABC Hall of Famer Les Zikes bowing to Ron Palombi Jr., 255-206. Brian Voss then downed Palombi, 195-152, as Bellinger entered the scene to defeat Voss, 259-212.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.462 (2 games)$15,000
2Randy Johnson, St. Louis181 (1 game)8,000
3Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.407 (2 games)5,500
4Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.407 (2 games)4,500
5Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.206 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Palombi defeated Zikes, 255-206; Voss defeated Palombi, 195-152; Bellinger defeated Voss, 259-212; and in the championship game, Bellinger defeated Johnson, 203-181.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Randy Johnson, Webster Groves, Mo. 9664 230.1 15-9-0 450 10114 
2Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 9556 227.5 14-8-2 450 10006 
3Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 9447 224.9 12-10-2 390 9837 
4Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9339 222.4 15-8-1 465 9804 
5Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 9264 220.6 14-7-3 465 9729 
6Storm DeVincent, Tamarac, Fla. 9297 221.4 12-11-1 375 9672 $3,500
7Mike Jasnau, Wichita, Kan. 9235 219.1 14-10-0 420 9655 3,000
8Tony Westlake, Altus, Okla. 9210 219.3 14-9-1 435 9645 2,700
9Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore. 9174 218.4 15-9-0 450 9624 2,500
10Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 9257 220.4 12-12-0 360 9617 2,400
11Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla. 9190 218.8 13-11-0 390 9580 2,300
12Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa. 9247 220.2 11-13-0 330 9577 2,200
13Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9208 219.2 12-12-0 360 9568 2,100
14Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 9231 219.8 11-13-0 330 9561 2,000
15Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9139 217.6 11-13-0 330 9469 1,850
 Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N. M. 9109 216.8 12-12-0 360 9469 1,850
17Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 9099 216.7 12-12-0 360 9459 1,700
18Carl Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y. 9097 216.6 12-12-0 360 9457 1,600
19George Branham III, Arleta, Calif. 9132 217.4 9-15-0 270 9402 1,500
#20Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. 9062 215.7 10-14-0 300 9362 1,400
21Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9031 215.0 10-14-0 300 9331 1,350
22Randy Canales, Poway, Calif. 8956 213.2 7-15-2 240 9196 1,300
23Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8974 213.7 6-18-0 180 9154 1,250
24Mark Valenti, Buffalo, N.Y. 8856 210.9 9-15-0 270 9126 1,200

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.$1,010
*26Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.1,105
27Bill Peters, Englewood, Ohio990
#28Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.980
29Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio970
30Derek Banks, Chicago960
31Peter Hakim, Forest Hills, N.Y.950
32Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y.940
#33Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y.930
34Bobby Jacks, New Orleans920
35Tom Laskow, Commack N.Y.900
 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.900
 Larry Womack, Morro Bay, Calf.900
38Dave Tulak, Monroe, Rich.880
39Michael Dool, Hilton, N.Y.870
40Rick Sajek, Coral Springs, Fla.860
41Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.850
42Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.840
43Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hts., Mich.830
44Mike Faliero, Buffalo, N.Y.820
45Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.810
46Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.800
@47Sean Perry, Buffalo, N.Y.785
 Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla.785
#49Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.770
50Dennis Angelbeck, Tiffin, Ohio755
 Ron Ramicone, Houston755
@52Dennis Hunt, Buffalo, N.Y.740
53Pat Sullivan, Vestal, N.Y.730

* - Match play alternate. @ - Non-PBA member. 18-game qualifying leader - Randy Johnson, 4248. 24th place - DelWarren, 3857. 53rd pace -Pat Sullivan, 3806. #-Tom Crites, Tommy Kress, Leroy Monacelli, Dale Eagle, GaryBasile, Brian Brazeau and Rey Perez rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHES - Amleto Monacelli GeorgeBranham III, Dennis Jacques, Gary Cea, Randy Pedersen, Jeff Bellinger, Gary Shultis, Bill Peters and BrianBrazeau ($50 each), Ron Williams and Dave Ferraro ($25 each).