Bowlers Journal Florida Open



$140,000 BOWLERS JOURNAL FLORIDA OPEN
Galaxy Lanes-Venice, Venice, Fla., Feb 16-21, 1987

Murtishaw Writes Victory Story

"I was going to send my wife and son home to save some money, but now I can afford to keep them out here." So said the PBA's newest champion, Jim Murtishaw, following his victory over Hugh Miller, 226-199, in the $140,000 Bowlers Journal Florida Open, which also was his first paycheck of 1987.

Murtishaw, Vista, Calif., first had to defeat 52-year-old PBA champ Teata Semiz, 191-189, in a tightly contested semifinal game, before pairing off against tournament leader Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.

The $23,000 first prize also carried with it an invitation to the 1987 Firestone Tournament of Champions and, even more important to Murtishaw, at least one year's exemption from Pro Tour Qualifier (PTO) competition.

Miller had led the tournament, co-sponsored by Bowlers Journal magazine, the Florida Bowling Proprietors' Association and Galaxy Lanes-Venice, by 346 pins entering the ABC Sports-televised championship round and watched the opening matches as Semiz overcame two 4-6-7 leaves and open frames with seven strikes, including his crucial double against Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn., to advance, 208-207. Next up was Dallas' Chuck Pierce, appearing in his second championship finals, who bowed to Semiz, 203-181, before Murtishaw came on the scene.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.417 (2 games)$23,000
2Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.199 (1 game)12,000
3Teata Semiz, Paterson, N.J.600 (3 games)8,000
4Chuck Pierce, Dallas181 (1 game)6,000
5Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.207 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Semiz defeated Martin, 208-207; Semiz defeated Pierce, 203-181; Murtishaw defeated Semiz, 191-189; and in the championship game, Murtishaw defeated Miller, 226-199.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 9223 219.6 13-11-0 390 9613 
2Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif. 8787 209.2 16-8-0 480 9267 
3Chuck Pierce, Dallas 8706 207.3 17-6-1 525 9231 
4Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8738 208.0 15-9-0 450 9188 
5Teata Semiz, Paterson, N.J. 8796 209.4 13-11-0 390 9186 
6Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich. 8730 207.9 14-10-0 420 9150 $4,000
7Andrew Neuer, E. Longmeadow, Mass. 8816 209.9 11-13-0 330 9146 3,600
8Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 8714 207.5 12-12-0 360 9074 3,300
9Sam Maccarone, Glassboro. N.J. 8773 208.9 10-14-0 300 9073 3,000
10Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8676 206.6 13-11-0 390 9066 2,800
11John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 8721 207.6 11-13-0 330 9051 2,600
12Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 8662 206.2 12-12-0 360 9022 2,500
13Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 8751 208.4 9-15-0 270 9021 2,400
14Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu, Ariz. 8587 204.5 14-10-0 420 9007 2,300
15Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 8637 205.6 12-12-0 360 8997 2,200
16Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo. 8677 206.6 10-14-0 300 8977 2,100
17Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 8610 205.0 12-12-0 360 8970 2,000
18Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8617 205.2 11-12-1 345 8962 1,900
19Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles. Mo. 8626 205.4 11-13-0 330 8956 1,800
20Harry Sullins, Detroit 8640 205.7 10-14-0 300 8940 1,700
21Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 8547 203.5 12-12-0 360 8907 1,600
22Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 8443 201.0 11-12-1 345 8788 1,540
23Butch Soper, Los Angeles, Calif. 8369 199.3 11-13-0 330 8699 1,485
24Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla. 8347 198.7 6-17-1 195 8542 1,435

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Bobby Jacks, New Orleans$1,400
26Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,270
27Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,260
28Charlie Tapp, Woodbury, Minn.1,250
29Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,235
 Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas1,235
31Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.1,220
32Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,210
33Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif.1,200
34Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,190
35Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,180
36Adam Colton, Coral Springs, Fla.1,170
37Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.1,155
 Todd Thompson, Grand Terrace, Calif.1,155
39Mark Fahy, Chicago1,140
40Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.1,130
41Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.1,115
 Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,115
43Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,100
44Ted Thompson, Sarasota, Fla.1,090
45David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,080
46Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,070
47Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,055
 Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,055
49Peter Hakim, Forest Hills, N.Y.1,040
50Brian Brazeau, Milwaukee, Wis.1,030
51George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,020
52Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.1,005
 Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,005

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Hugh Miller, 4132. 24th place - Steve Martin, 3689. 52nd place Jimmie Pritts Jr. and Del Warren 3601. PRO-AM CASHERS - Carmen Salvino, Pete McCordic, Dennis Jacques, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Mark Williams and Brian Voss ($50 each).