AMF O'Connor Bowl West, Toronto, Canada, Aug 24-26, 1987

Roth Rules Invitational

Mark Roth won his second consecutive PBA tournament bowled and in the process moved to within $3,966 of Earl Anthony's all-time PBA money earnings mark. Roth defeated Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, 258-202, in the inaugural Number 7 PBA Invitational, a unique 16-man event featuring 12 top professional bowlers selected from the PBA point list and four Canadian amateurs competing in a single elimination bracket format. Roth earned $16,889 for his four match game victories and ran his career money figure to $1,270,055. Anthony looms just ahead with $1,274,021.

Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J., had last competed in the Greater Buffalo Open on Aug. 12, which he captured for his 33rd PBA crown. For Monacelli, this was his eighth runnerup finish in as many championship matches.

Roth began the tournament's 15th and final game with the first seven strikes and had the title well in hand following Monacelli's open sixth frame. The next goal immediately facing Roth was the $100,000 (Canadian) perfect game incentive offered by sponsoring Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Inc., but he was thwarted by a ringing 10-pin on his next attempt.

Roth nearly was ousted in the event's very first game, but Canadian amateur Steve Lee, Sudbury, Ontario, opened in his eighth, ninth and 10th frames and Roth advanced, 200-174.


Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 235 Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 243

Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 188 Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 182

Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 257 Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 216

Pete Weber, St. Louis 212 Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 210

Hirsh Schnayer, Laval, Quebec 205 W.R. Williams, Stockton, Calif. 247

Pete McCordic, Houston 176 Conn Casey, Toronto 233

David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 266 Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 200

Norm Kowalchuk, Allah, Saskatchewan 182 Steve Lee, Sudbury, Ontario 174

Palombi, Weber, McCordic, Holman and Voss earned $2,403


Mark Roth 268 Amleto Monacelli 246

Dave Husted 246 Walter Ray Williams Jr. 236

Dave Ferraro 279 Kent Wagner 199

Hirsh Schnayer 195 David Ozio 183

Husted, Williams and Ozio earned $3,504


Mark Roth 255 Amleto Monacelli 258

Dave Ferraro 228 Kent Wagner 234

Ferraro and Wagner earned $6,193


Mark Roth 258 $16,889Amleto Monacelli 202 $10,696