Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Apr 23-27, 1991

Ozio Wins Firestone For 3rd Title Of 1991

Second-seeded David Ozio overcame the distraction of a 40-minute bomb threat delay from a crank call to defeat Amleto Monacelli, 236-203, for the $250,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions crown at Riviera Lanes. It was his ninth PBA title and third of the year, with the $50,000 first prize in his first "major" pushing him atop the PBA's yearly earnings list with $138,885.

Ozio, Vidor, Texas, said, "I really wanted to lead this tournament. If he (Monacelli) bowled better, I could accept that, but I wanted to take a run at him. A number of people told me they've never seen me more focused than this week."

The title game saw both finalists strike in their opening frames, while Ozio tacked on a second strike, then opened after leaving the 4-6-7 split. Monacelli, Venezuela, spared in his second, struck, and then missed converting a 5-pin leave, from which he couldn't recover. Ozio then launched a six-bagger and was never headed. Monacelli, a two-time champion this year and the reigning PBA Player of the Year, earned $28,000 as runner-up.

"It was a shock when Amleto missed the 5-pin," Ozio said. "I just knew he was going to shoot 240 and I'd have to beat that for all the cheese. This definitely puts me in the hunt for Player of the Year. I've always wanted to win a 'major' and this puts a notch in my gun handle."

Monacelli said, "The only distraction I had was missing the 5-pin, which is about the worst thing a professional bowler can do, but I am not ashamed. Not striking in the ninth frame was my major mistake my speed was too slow."

In the opening game, Chris Warren of Dallas defeated Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind., 248-224. Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., then defeated Warren, 230-218, and Ozio beat Miller in the semifinal game, 240-227.

With his victory, Ozio also earned a five-year exemption into the Firestone Tournament of Champions, which is made up of 52 champions and is the most exclusive of professional bowling's "major" titles.

Of the delay, Ozio said, "You just can't let it bother you. 1 was more concerned with the time lost. We were all pretty relaxed and even talked about setting up pins in the parking lot to decide the champion of champions!"


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1David Ozio, Vidor, Texas476 (2 games)$50,000
2Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela203 (1 game)28,000
3Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.457 (2 games)20,000
4Chris Warren, Dallas466 (2 games)15,000
5Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind.224 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Warren defeated Devers, 248-224; Miller defeated Warren, 230-218; Ozio defeated Miller, 240-227; and in the championship game, Ozio defeated Monacelli, 236-203.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 10565 220.1 13-11-0 390 10955 
2David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 10529 219.4 13-11-0 390 10919 
3Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 10303 214.7 18-6-0 540 10843 
4Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind. 10322 215.0 16-8-0 480 10802 
5Chris Warren, Dallas 10426 217.2 10-14-0 300 10726 
6Harry Sullins, Detroit 10310 214.8 12-11-1 375 10685 $8,500
7Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., Ohio 10174 212.0 14-8-2 450 10624 7,300
8Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M. 10185 212.2 14-10-0 420 10605 6,300
9Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 10225 213.0 12-12-0 360 10585 5,500
10Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 10077 209.9 15-7-2 480 10557 5,000
11Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 10241 213.4 10-14-0 300 10541 4,500
12Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 10150 211.5 13-11-0 390 10540 4,000
13Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 10068 209.8 15-9-0 450 10518 3,500
14Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla. 10268 213.9 7-16-1 225 10493 3,200
15Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 10087 210.2 13-11-0 390 10477 3,000
16Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 10080 210.0 12-12-0 360 10440 2,800
17Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10103 210.5 11-13-0 330 10433 2,700
18Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 10053 209.4 11-11-2 360 10413 2,600
19Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash. 10047 209.3 8-16-0 240 10287 2,500
20Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9938 207.0 11-12-1 345 10283 2,400
21John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 9919 206.7 11-13-0 330 10249 2,300
22Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 9871 205.7 9-14-1 285 10156 2,200
23Bruce Hollen, Baltimore 9838 205.0 7-15-2 240 10078 2,150
24Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9781 203.8 7-17-0 210 9991 2,100


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis$2,050
26Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla.1,900
27Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.1,900
28Billy Young Jr., Edmond, Okla.1,900
29Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.1,850
30Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich.1,850
31Joe Salvemini, Oklahoma City, Okla.1,850
32Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.1,850
33Steve Wunderlich, St. Charles, Mo.1,800
34Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla.1,800
35Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,800
36John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,800
37Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo,1,750
38Earl Anthony, Cornelius, Ore.1,750
39Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.1,750
40Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,750
41Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan.1,700
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,700
43Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,700
44Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,700
45Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.1,650
46George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,650
47Duane Fisher, Gloucester Twp., N.J.1,650
48Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.1,650
49Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,600
50Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,600
51Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, Ohio1,600
52Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.1,600

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Amleto Monacelli, 5338. 24th place-Wayne Webb, 5001. 52nd place Mark Roth, 4635. PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian Voss, Tom Baker, Jim Pencak, Randy Pedersen, Joe Berardi and George Pappas ($50 each). Squad Prizes-High Block: Amleto Monacelli-1952; Chris Warren-1916; Amleto Monacelli-1859; David Ozio-1829; Harry Sullins-1811; Dave Ferraro-1805 ($500 each). High Games: Chris Warren-278 ($750); Amleto Monacelli-289; Billy Young Jr.-288; Chris Warren-278; Brian Voss-269; Dave Ferraro-269 ($250 each).