Budweiser Classic



$150,000 BUDWEISER CLASSIC
Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Columbus, Ohio, Nov 24-29, 1986

Ferraro "Gant" Be Stopped

Throughout his respectable bowling career, 27-year-old Dave Ferraro never before had won a singles championship. But fate took a fortuitous turn when Ferraro turned back John Gant, 254-221, to claim the $150,000 Budweiser Classic and its $27,000 first prize.

Ferraro opened with six strikes and never looked back against Gant, who appeared unbeatable coming off a 277-223 victory against Ron Palombi Jr. With his victory, Ferraro also qualified for the 1987 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

A third generation bowling proprietor, Ferraro insisted, "The first win is more important than the money. This gives me new confidence. I started a little jittery, but the first few strikes loosened me up,"In the opening game of the NBC Sports-televised finals, Palombi topped Charlie Tapp, 237-214, and advanced past rookie Purvis Granger, 190-181, before bowing to Gant. Gant had qualified for the championship finals for the third time in four tournaments on the five-city Fall Tour. He also took the lead in the PBA's coveted high average competition with a 214.66 mark.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.254 (1 game)$27,000
2John Gant, Independence, Ky.498 (2 games)14,000
3Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.650 (3 games)8,000
4Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.181 (1 game)6,500
5Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn.214 (1 game)5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Palombi defeated Tapp, 237-214; Palombi defeated Granger, 190-181; Gant defeated Palombi, 277-223; and in the championship game, Ferraro defeated Gant, 254-221.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9228 219.7 16-8-0 480 9708 
#2John Gant, Independence, Ky. 9356 222.8 10-13-1 315 9671 
3Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 9217 219.5 14-10-0 420 9637 
4Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn. 9161 218.1 15-8-1 465 9626 
5Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9171 218.4 14-10-0 420 9591 
6Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9181 218.6 13-11-0 390 9571 $4,500
7Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 9103 216.7 14-10-0 420 9523 4,000
8Bobby Jacks, Union City, Calif. 9070 216.0 15-9-0 450 9520 3,500
9Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 9155 218.0 12-12-0 360 9515 3,200
10Chris MacLellan, St. Louis 9052 215.5 15-9-0 450 9502 3,000
11Michael Dool, Hilton, N.Y. 9017 214.7 15-9-0 450 9467 2,800
12Peter Hakim, Forest Hills, N.Y. 9045 215.4 12-11-1 375 9420 2,600
13Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9042 215.3 12-12-0 360 9402 2,500
14James Dunham Jr., Indianapolis 8980 213.8 10-14-0 300 9280 2,400
15Butch Soper, Los Angeles 8917 212.3 11-13-0 330 9247 2,300
16George Branham III, Arleta, Calif. 8881 211.5 12-12-0 360 9241 2,200
17Chuck Pierce, Dallas 8906 212.0 10-13-1 315 9221 2,100
18Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 8892 211.7 10-14-0 300 9192 2,000
19Mike Lucente, Detroit 8800 209.5 12-12-0 360 9160 1,900
20Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 8822 210.0 11-13-0 330 9152 1,800
21Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 8842 210.5 10-14-0 300 9142 1,700
22Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 8741 208.1 10-14-0 300 9041 1,600
23Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8775 208.9 7-17-0 210 8985 1,500
24Guppy Troup, Tucker, Ga. 8654 206.0 6-18-0 180 8834 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mickey Higham, Charlotte, N.C.$1,380
26Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio1,225
 Mike Truitt, Rockford, Ill.1,225
28Jimmy Certain, Milwaukee, Wis.1,210
29Sam Zurich, Hernando Bch., Fla.1,200
30Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,180
 Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,180
 Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,180
33Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.1,160
34David L. Rosenburg, Rolla, Mich.1,150
35Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,140
36Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.1,125
 Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,125
38Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,110
39Mats Karlsson, Sweden1,100
40Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,085
 Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,085
42Dennis Jacques, Middletown, N.J.1,070
43Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,060
44Storm DeVincent, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.1,045
 Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.1,045
46Arnie Goldman, Roseville, Mich.1,030
#47Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,020
48Tim Menge, Cleveland1,010
49Chris Goddard, Zephyr Cove, Nev.995
 Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio995
#51Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.980
52Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis965
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas965

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - John Gant, 4142. 24th place - Tom Crites, 3814. 52nd place Rowdy Morrow and Mark Williams (tie), 3765. # - Sam Maccarone, Del Ballard Jr. and John Gant rolled perfect games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS -Jim Pencak, Mats Karlsson, Brad Bohling, Dennis Jacques, Butch Soper and Brian Voss ($50 each).