Ducat's Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 11-17, 1990

Jim Pencak's Second Victory A "Major"; Wins Society Bank PBA Nat'l Championship

On this St. Patrick's Day, it was, fittingly, a battle for the green in the $280,000 Society Bank PBA National Championship at Ducat's Imperial Lanes. When the smoke finally cleared, it was Jim Pencak who enjoyed the "luck 'o the Irish" in donning the green champion's blazer and pocketing the $54,000 greenbacks for his second PBA title and first "major."

Pencak, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, won four games and topped Chris Warren in the title match, 223-214, to gain a three-year exemption to the Firestone Tournament of Champions.

"I've worked a long time to get to this point and now things are falling into place," Pencak said. "This is quite a start to my career," the 10-year PBA member joked.

Both finalists spared to open the title game, then Pencak posted a three-bagger, spare and strike to lead by 10 in the sixth frame. Warren then knotted the match in the eighth with his own three-bagger. After sparing in the ninth, he left the difficult 6-7-10 split on his first 10th-frame shot, but converted it. Pencak then got up in his 10th needing only eight, spare and strike to clinch. He struck on his first ball and the rest was simply a formality.

"I was relieved I didn't have to shoot a (10th frame) spare," Pencak said. "The best mark is always a strike. This title means a lot since it's a major, but my first win will always be special, too," Pencak recounted. "I made a big move in changing balls in my second game and felt if I could get out of the gate, everything would be all right." Pencak was 8-0 in his last two championship round appearances in PBA singles competition, with his first win coming from the fourth-seeded position at the LaMode Classic in Green Bay, Wis., last summer.

The opening game of the ABC Sports-televised finals was a tough, 183182, victory Pencak eked out against reigning PBA Player of the Year Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela. Monacelli had won the previous week's tournament at Columbus, Ohio, and needed a double in his 10th frame to advance here, but left a solid 8-pin on his first shot of the 10th frame.

Next up for Pencak was first-time finalist Doug Kent of Canandaigua, N.Y., who bowed, 267-172. In the semifinal game, Pencak opened with a four-bagger against 1986 PBA National Champion Tom Crites of Tampa, Fla., and cruised home, 227-191. Crites earned $15,000 for third, Kent collected $10,000 and Monacelli $8,000.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jim Pencak, Mayfield Heights, Ohio900 (4 games)$54,000
2Chris Warren, Dallas214 (1 game)28,000
3Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.192 (1 game)15,000
4Doug Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y.172 (1 game)10,000
5Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela182 (1 game)8,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Pencak defeated Monacelli, 183-182; Pencak defeated Kent, 267-172; Pencak defeated Crites, 227-192; and in the championship game, Pencak defeated Warren, 223-214.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Chris Warren, Dallas 12579 224.6 15-8-1 465 13044 
2Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 12609 225.2 10-13-1 315 12924 
3Doug Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y. 12443 222.2 16-8-0 480 12923 
4Jim Pencak, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 12504 223.3 13-10-1 405 12909 
5Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12406 221.5 16-7-1 495 12901 
#6Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 12425 221.9 13-9-2 420 12845 $7,000
7Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 12418 221.8 14-10-0 420 12838 6,000
8Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 12456 222.4 12-11-1 375 12831 5,000
9Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 12413 221.7 13-11-0 390 12803 4,500
10Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla. 12407 221.6 13-11-0 390 12797 4,000
11Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 12367 220.8 13-9-2 420 12787 3,700
12Bryan Alpert, Las Vegas, Nev. 12420 221.8 11-12-1 345 12765 3,400
13Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 12322 220.0 14-9-1 435 12757 3,200
14Jack Jurek. Lackawanna, N.Y. 12293 219.3 14-10-0 420 12713 3,000
15Frank Ellenburg. Mesa. Ariz. 12231 218.4 16-8-0 480 12711 2,900
#16Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 12344 220.4 11-13-0 330 12674 2,800
17Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, III. 12296 219.6 12-12-0 360 12656 2,700
18Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas 12302 219.7 8-16-0 240 12542 2,600
19Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C. 12241 218.6 10-14-0 300 12541 2,500
#20David Traber, Woodstock, 111. 12251 218.8 8-16-0 240 12491 2,400
21Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass. 12224 218.3 8-16-0 240 12464 2,300
22Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 12187 217.6 8-16-0 240 12427 2,200
23Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 12010 214.5 8-15-1 255 12265 2,150
24Bill Busby Topeka, Kan. 11914 212.8 6-18-0 180 12094 2,100


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Bob Learn Jr., Erie. Pa..$1,815
26Richard Abboud, Omaha, Neb.1,775
 Rick Steelsmith, Wichita. Kan.1,775
28Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich.1,740
*29Ron Williams, Ft. Worth, Texas1,850
30Pete McCordic, Houston1,720
31W. R. Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,710
32Jerry Krupa, Richmond, Ind.1,700
33Mark Baker, Huntington Beach, Calif.1,685
 David D'Entremont, Cleveland, Ohio1,685
35George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,670
36Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.1,660
37Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,650
38Purvis Granger, Columbus, Ohio1,640
39Don Moser, San Jose, Calif.1,625
 Steve Shellenbarger, Mount Clemens, Mich.1,625
41Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla.1,610
42Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.1,600
43Mark Fahy, Chicago1,590
44Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.1,580
45Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.1,570
46Jim Tilton, Valencia, Calif.1,560
47Bill Heltzel Jr., York, Pa.1,550
48Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,540
49Dave Arnold, Mesa, Ariz.1,530
50Todd Thompson, Reno, Nev.1,520
51Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,510
52Bill Oakes, Irving, Texas1,500
53Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio1,490
54Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.1,480
55Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,465
 Mike Taylor, San Diego, Calif.1,465
57Dennis Rakauskas, Clarks Summit, Pa.1,450
58Norm Duke, Ft. Worth, Texas1,440
59Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, Va.1,430
60Doug Johnson, Willard, Ohio1,420
61Marshall Misenar, Moraga, Calif.1,410
62Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.1,400
63Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md.1,390
64Tony Marrese, Hilton Head, S.C.1,380
65Steve Jakubowski, Toledo, Ohio1,370
66Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,360
67Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.1,350
68Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque. N.M.1,340
69Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan.1,330
70Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,320
71Mike Shady, Ripon, Wis.1,310
72Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.1,300
73Michael Whittington, Richmond, Va.1,290
74Danny Broadway, Houston1,280
75Chuck Tompkins, Columbus, Ohio1,270
 Brian Brazeau, Milwaukee, Wis.1,260
77Mike Kilgannon. Valley Stream, N.Y.1,250
78Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo.1,240
79Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.1,230
80Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis1,220
81Duane Fisher, Gloucester Twp., N.J.1,210

*-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Tom Crites, 7499. 24th place-Marc McDowell, 7004. 81st place-Duane Fisher, 6655. #-Don Genalo, David Traber, Brian Voss, Chris Warren (2), Frank Edwards and Mike Taylor rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Joe Firpo, Mark Baker, Dave Husted, Brian Voss, Mike Edwards, Wayne Webb, Kevin McGerr, David Traber, Jim Pencak, Curtis Odom, Tom Crites, Ron Palombi, Marc McDowell, Bill Oakes, Amleto Monacelli, Bryan Alpert and Roy Buckley ($50 each).