Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Apr 24-28, 1990

Ferraro's Frustration Ends At Firestone

"Where's the white jacket?" Dave Ferraro asked shortly after winning the $250,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions to end a frustrating 17 months in which he'd been absent from the winner's circle. Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., was top-seeded for the ABC Sports televised championship finals and defeated best friend and roommate Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla., 226-203.

Ferraro, who pocketed the $50,000 first prize for his fifth PBA title, was anxious to be fitted for the traditional white blazer emblematic of winning pro bowling's most exclusive tournament.

Westlake had just come off an impressive 258-209 thumping of defending Firestone champ Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas, in the semifinal and looked to be well on his way toward improving one place from his only other Firestone appearance (runner-up in 1988). Westlake opened with a double, and Ferraro immediately found trouble by missing the 2-10 split in his first frame. Down by 21 pins through three frames, Ferraro then unleashed a five-bagger, while Westlake managed a double mid-match for the only other strikes of his game. Westlake then sealed his fate by missing a 4-pin conversion in the ninth and came away with $28,000 for second place.

"This is something nobody will forget," Ferraro said. "I'm not saying I'm going to the Hall of Fame, but this is a step toward it. Just look at the guys inducted this week-Marshall Holman and Joe Berardi both won the Firestone."

Ohio continues to be a favorable site for Ferraro's success, having claimed three of his five PBA crowns in the Buckeye state. In fact, Ferraro chose the scarlet and gray of Ohio State when selecting the colors for his PBA champion's banner to be displayed at all tournaments in which he competes.

When asked to account for his shortcomings in the championship game, Westlake said, "My ball was hitting half-pocket and Dave's hits were all flush, so he deserved to win. Having qualified for the telecast in the last three tournaments I bowled, I expected to bowl well here."

Both finalists complimented each other's matching lifestyle as roommates.

"We don't like to stay up late and we do have a lot of similarities," Ferraro said.

Westlake joked, "He exercises a lot and I don't. About his missed 4-pin, he said, "Even Larry Bird misses a free throw sometimes."

All five finalists agreed justice had been served in the field retaining their qualifying positions following the championship round.

In the opening game, Don Genalo of Perrysburg, Ohio, defeated Mark Baker, Huntington Beach, Calif., 227-182. Genalo then bowed to Ballard, 220190, and ended the week $15,000 richer for fourth place.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.226 (1 game)$50,000
2Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.461 (2 games)28,000
3Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas429 (2 games)20,000
4Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio417 (2 games)15,000
5Mark Baker, Huntington Beach, Calif.182 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Genalo defeated Baker, 227-182; Ballard defeated Genalo, 220-190; Westlake defeated Ballard, 258-209; and in the championship game, Ferraro defeated Westlake, 226-203.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 10930 227.7 18-6-0 540 11470 
2Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 10903 227.1 16-8-0 480 11383 
3Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 10745 223.9 14-9-1 435 11180 
4Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 10660 222.1 15-9-0 450 11110 
5Mark Baker, Huntington Beach, Calif. 10669 222.3 12-12-0 360 11029 
6Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash. 10621 221.3 13-11-0 390 11011 $8,500
7Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla. 10597 220.8 13-10-1 405 11002 7,300
8Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 10602 220.9 12-10-2 390 10992 6,300
9David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 10576 220.3 13-10-1 405 10981 5,500
10Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 10648 221.8 10-12-2 330 10978 5,000
11Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 10565 220.1 13-11-0 390 10955 4,500
12Dale Eagle, Evansville, Ind. 10535 219.5 13-10-1 405 10940 4,000
13Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 10526 219.3 12-12-0 360 10886 3,500
14Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J. 10565 220.1 10-13-1 315 10880 3,200
15Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10467 218.1 12-11-1 375 10842 3,000
16Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif. 10451 217.7 12-12-0 360 10811 2,800
17Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 10412 216.9 12-12-0 360 10772 2,700
18Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 10331 215.2 12-12-0 360 10691 2,600
19Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 10325 215.1 8-14-2 270 10595 2,500
20Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas 10226 213.0 12-12-0 360 10586 2,400
21Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo. 10243 213.4 9-15-0 270 10513 2,300
22Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 10186 212.2 8-16-0 240 10426 2,200
23Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md. 10161 211.7 7-17-0 210 10371 2,150
24Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich. 10184 212.2 6-18-0 180 10364 2,100


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Chris Warren, Dallas$2,050
26Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.1,900
27Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.1,900
28Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,875
#Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas1,875
30Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,850
31Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.1,850
32Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.1,850
33Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.1,800
34Jim Pencak, Mayfield Heights, Ohio1,800
35Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.1,800
36Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,800
37Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,750
38Guppy Troup, Daytona Beach, Fla.1,750
39Richard Abboud, Omaha, Neb.1,750
40Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.1,750
41Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla.1,700
42Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind.1,700
43Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,700
44Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,700
45George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,650
46Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich.1,650
47Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,650
48Harry Sullins, Ann Arbor, Mich.1,650
49Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,600
50Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,600
51Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.1,600
52Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass.1,600

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Mark Baker, 5435. 24th place-Danny Wiseman, 5160. 52nd place-Jimmie Pritts Jr., 1557 (withdrew after eight games). PRO-AM CASHERS-Tom Baker, Ron Palombi Jr., Mark Baker, Tony Westlake, Jimmie Pritts Jr., George Pappas, Mats Karlsson and Wayne Webb ($50 each).
#-Robert Lawrence rolled a 300 game ($600). Squad Prizes-High Block: Amleto Monacelli-1956; Dave Ferraro-1942; Del Ballard Jr.-1931; Tony Westlake-1927; Mark Baker-1919; Dale Eagle-1862 ($500 each). High Games: Robert Lawrence300; Amleto Monacelli-299; Tony Westlake-289; Mark Roth-289; Mike Aulby-287 and Brian Voss-280 ($250 each).