Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 22-28, 1987

Randy Is Dandy In PBA National Championship

"This is the greatest day of my life!" So said Randy Pedersen shortly after an exhilarating victory against top-seeded Amleto Monacelli, 233-222, to win the prestigious $260,000 Toledo Trust PBA National Championship at Ducat's Imperial Lanes. Pedersen powered past three opponents for the $49,000 first prize and collected his second PBA championship, which also was worth a three-year Firestone Tournament of Champions exemption.

Monacelli, still seeking his first title, finished as runnerup for the fifth time in his career and the Barquisimeto, Venezuela, pro also was frustrated as tournament leader for the third time. He started slowly in the championship game with three spares while Pedersen opened a lead with a double. Monacelli rallied late in the game and despite a clutch finishing double by Pedersen, the top seed could have pulled out the victory with a pair of 10th-frame strikes. Monacelli gave it his best effort, leaving a 4-pin on his first shot.

Visibly emotional afterward, Monacelli said, "I can only keep knocking on the door. I was confused on the right lane and never got loose enough. I felt my shot in the 10th was flush and should have carried. I wanted to finish last, having won five match play games Friday night by striking out."

The opening game in this second jewel of professional bowling's "Triple Crown" paired David Ozio, Vidor, Texas, against Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. Weber seemed well on his way in quest of his 10th PBA title and surpassing $100,000 in yearly winnings as Ozio opened in his first two frames. However, just as quickly the tides turned for both, and Weber struggled to carry while Ozio struck in six of his remaining frames to advance, 206-190.

Pedersen then entered the scene and bounced Ozio, 237-190. Next up was second-seeded Marshall Holman, stalking the National Championship to place him in exclusive company alongside Johnny Petraglia and Billy Hardwick as the only players to have won the "Triple Crown."

Oddly, Holman, Medford, Ore., came unglued immediately after opening with two strikes and left the 4-6-9-10. After failing to convert, he then left the 7-10 split and Pedersen had yet to miss. His string of strikes ended at 10, falling two short of a $100,000 True Value Hardware Stores perfect game bonus to humble Holman, 289-180.

Pedersen said, "I know Marshall was done when he became distracted by his back-to-back breaks. I was not going to be intimidated by these guys - the greatest bowling talents in the world! I was more nervous in my first game than when I had 10 in a row. My luck was incredible," he said.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.759 (3 games)$49,000
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela222 (1 game)25,000
3Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.180 (1 game)15,000
4David Ozio, Vidor, Texas396 (2 games)10,000
5Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.190 (1 game)8,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Ozio defeated Weber, 206-190; Pedersen defeated Ozio, 237-190; Pedersen defeated Holman, 289-180; and in the championship game, Pedersen defeated Monacelli, 233-222.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12688 226.6 17-7-0 510 13198 
2Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 12540 223.9 17-7-0 510 13050 
&3Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 12548 224.1 14-10-0 420 12968 
 Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 12518 223.5 15-9-0 450 12968 
5David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 12370 220.9 16-7-1 495 12865 
6Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 12354 220.6 15-9-0 450 12804 $7,000
7Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis 12454 222.4 10-14-0 300 12754 6,000
#8Ron Palombi, Jr., Erie, Pa. 12230 218.4 13-10-1 405 12635 5,000
9Jeffrey Mackey, Mexico, Mo. 12327 220.1 10-14-0 300 12627 4,500
10Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 12339 220.3 9-14-1 285 12624 4,000
11Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 12309 219.8 9-13-2 300 12609 3,500
12David D'Entremont, Cleveland, Ohio 12229 218.4 12-11-1 375 12604 3,200
13Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 12177 217.4 14-10-0 420 12597 3,000
14Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 12221 218.2 12-12-0 360 12581 2,800
15Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 12232 218.4 9-13-2 300 12532 2,600
16Paul Renteria, Tucson, Ariz. 12129 216.6 13-11-0 390 12519 2,500
+17John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 8937 223.4 8-0-0 240 9177 2,063
18Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 12087 215.8 11-13-0 330 12417 2,300
19Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 12097 216.0 10-14-0 300 12397 2,200
#20Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich. 12049 215.2 11-13-0 330 12379 2,100
21John Kirker Jr., Norwich, Conn. 11987 214.1 10-14-0 300 12287 2,000
#22Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 12029 214.8 8-15-1 255 12284 1,900
23Jeff Dreyfus, Fort Wayne, Ind. 11974 213.8 8-16-0 240 12214 1,800
24Steve Lang, Indianapolis 11860 211.8 8-16-0 240 12100 1,700


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H.$1,983
 Bob Goike, Belleville, Mich.1,565
#27Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,550
28Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,540
29Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,530
30Richard Bramwell, Escondido, Calif.1,520
31Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla.1,510
#32Sam Zurich, Hernando Beach, Fla.1,500
 John Forst, Woodridge, Ill.1,530
34Joe Salvemini, Branford, Conn.1,480
35Robert Lawrence. Austin, Texas1,470
36Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla.1,460
37Jim Gostovich, New Baltimore, Mich.1,450
38Mats Karlsson, Sweden1,440
39Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.1,430
40Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,420
41Mike Faliero, Buffalo, N.Y.1,410
42David Traber, Cedarburg, Wis.1,400
43Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo.1,385
 Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif.1,385
45Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.1,370
46Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.1,360
47Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,350
48Donald Landfried, Greenville, Pa.1,340
49Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.1,330
50Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore.1,320
51Ron Williams, Cahokia, IIL1,310
52Ted Thompson, Sarasota, Fla.1,300
53Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.1,290
54Mark Stibora, Brooklyn, Ohio1,280
55Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,270
56Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla.1,260
57Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,250
58Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,240
59Bill Ryan Jr., Dayton, Ohio1,230
60Eddy Kelley, Amarillo, Texas1,220
61Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,210
62Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,200
63Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.1,185
 Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,185
65Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.1,170
66Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.1,160
67Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.1,150
68Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.1,140
69Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N .Y.1,130
70Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.1,120
#71Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hts., Mich.1,105
 Gil Sliker, Sarasota, Fla.1,105
73Pete Kaczmarczyk, Warren, Mich.1,090
74Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz.1,075
 Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla.1,075
76Larry Womack, Morro Bay, Calif.1,060
77Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis.1,050
78Ron Nazzaro, Boca Raton, Fla..1,040
79Wayne Webb, Merritt Island, Fla.1,030
80Guppy Troup, Tucker, Ga.1,020
81John Gant, Independence, Ky.1,010
82Michael Dool, Hilton, N.Y.1,000
83Tom Hinz, Joliet, Ill.990
84George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.980
85Kim Buell, Indianapolis970
86Del Warren, Lake Worth. Fla.960
87Ronald Matney, Taylor, Mich.950
88Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.940
89Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas930
90Jim Riner, Pueblo West, Colo.920

32-game qualifying leader - Randy Pedersen, 7253. 24th place - Paul Renteria, 7012. 90th place - Jim Riner, 6647. & Pedersen defeated Weber, 236-224, in a roll-off for the third-seeded position. # - Jorge Rivas, Dave Tulak, Bob Chamberlain, Sam Zurich, Dale Strike, Brian Voss, Art Trask, Ron Palombi Jr. and Tim Weisbrod rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - John Forst, Robert Lawrence, Pete McCordic, Ricky Corona, Mark Williams, Jim Stefanich, Mike Truitt, Art Trask, Billy Young Jr., Nelson Burton Jr., Bobby Jacks, Ron Palombi Jr., Kevin McGerr, Amleto Monacelli, Jimmy Certain, Joe Firpo, Jim Harvey, Ryan Shafer, Randy Lightfoot, Leroy Bornhop, Magic Gray, Jim Tilton, Kent Wagner, Parker Bohn III, Del Warren and Marc McDowell ($50 each).
+ - John Mazza replaced Jimmie Pritts Jr. after 16 games of match play. He received a 177-pin penalty - the difference between their qualifying scores (42 pins) and bonus pins Pritts earned (135). They split 17th and 25th-place money. Mazza received an additional $80 for acting as alternate for 16 games. * - John Forst received $40 for acting as alternate for the final eight games of match play.