Kodak Invitational



KODAK INVITATIONAL
Marcel's Olympic Bowl, Rochester, N.Y., Nov 3-8, 1986

Baker Clicks In Kodak

Tom Baker from neighboring Buffalo, who practically owned the 1985 Fall Tour, took up where he left off a year ago by winning the Kodak Invitational and a check for $27,000.

Baker upset leading qualifier Steve Wunderlich, 212-205, in the championship game of the $150,000 event, to record his seventh PBA title and his first since winning the Budweiser Classic a year ago at Columbus. Baker was leading the field going into the position round game at Marcel's Olympic Bowl, but a loss to Wunderlich dropped him to third with leading money winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. moving to second for the NBC-TV finals.

In the opening game, fifth-seeded John Gant suffered an unbelievable five splits while losing to Randy Pedersen, 187-158. Baker then stepped in and ousted Pedersen by a 230-173 count. Next against Williams, Baker opened with a double and maintained a slight lead all the way to a 198-189 win, setting the stage for the title game.

Baker opened a 14-pin lead in the seventh frame with a double, but Wunderlich also doubled to pull to within four pins. However, a wiggling seven-pin in the 10th frame prevented Wunderlich from putting heavy pressure on Baker and when Baker struck on his first ball in the 10th frame it was all over.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.640 (3 games)$27,000
2Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis205 (1 game)14,000
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.189 (1 game)8,000
4Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.360 (2 games)6,500
5John Gant, Independence, Ky.158 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Pedersen defeated Gant, 187-158; Baker defeated Pedersen, 230-173; Baker defeated Williams, 198-189; and in the championship game, Baker defeated Wunderlich, 212-205.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 9032 215.0 14-9-1- 435 9467 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9051 215.5 13-11-0 390 9441 
3Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 9007 214.5 14-10-0 420 9427 
4Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 8994 214.1 13-11-0 390 9384 
5John Gant, Independence, Ky. 8988 214.0 13-11-0 390 9378 
6Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 8956 213.2 12-12-0 360 9316 $4,500
7Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 8876 211.3 13-11-0 390 9266 4,000
8George Branham III, Arleta, Calif. 8833 210.3 14-10-0 420 9253 3,500
9Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8762 208.6 14-9-1 435 9197 3,200
10Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 8665 206.3 15-9-0 450 9115 3,000
11Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz. 8772 208.9 11-13-0 330 9102 2,800
12Mark McClain, Rochester, N.Y. 8702 207.2 13-11-0 390 9092 2,600
13Harry Sullins, Roseville, Mich. 8718 207.6 12-12-0 360 9078 2,500
14Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8689 206.9 12-12-0 360 9049 2,400
15Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8724 207.7 10-14-0 300 9024 2,300
16Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis 8625 205.4 12-12-0 360 8985 2,150
 Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 8655 206.1 11-13-0 330 8985 2,150
#18Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 8644 205.8 10-14-0 300 8944 2,000
19Bo Bowden, Dallas 8573 204.1 12-12-0 360 8933 1,900
20Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8625 205.4 10-14-0 300 8925 1,800
21Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 8707 207.3 7-17-0 210 8917 1,700
22Carmen Salvino, Chicago 8592 204.6 10-14-0 300 8892 1,600
23Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8524 203.0 12-12-0 360 8884 1,500
24Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio 8481 201.9 10-14-0 300 8781 1,380

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.$1,360
26Jimmy Certain, Toledo, Ohio1,230
27Pete McCordic, Houston1,220
28Frank Edwards, Moscow, Pa.1,205
 Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.1,205
30Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.1,185
 Joseph Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla.1,185
32Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,170
33Ron Ramicone, Houston1,160
34Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,150
35Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis1,140
36George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,125
 Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.1,125
38Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo.1,105
 Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.1,105
40Bobby Jacks, Union City, Calif.1,090
41Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,080
42Gerry Keslar, Kansas City, Kan.1,070
43Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,060
44Dave Davis, Orlando, Fla.1,050
45Butch Soper, Los Angeles1,040
46James A. Miller, Mesa, Ariz.1,030
47Billy Cathey, Duncanville, Texas1,020
48Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,010
49Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.1,000
50Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.990
51Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.980
52Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.970
53Mike Aulby, Indianapolis960

* - Match play alternate. # - Jimmy Keeth and Amleto Monacelli rolled 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader - Tom Baker, 3998. 24th place - Mike Edwards, 3745. 53rd place - Mike Aulby, 3661. PRO-AM CASHERS Rod Pasteur, Art Trask, Jim Harvey, Brian Voss ($50 each), David Ozio, Ron Palombi and Norm Duke ($33.33 each).