Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Apr 21-25, 1992

McDowell Presides Over An Emotional Firestone

PBA President Marc McDowell bolstered his already-impressive resume another notch with his first "major" victory in the prestigious $300,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions at Riviera Lanes. McDowell, 29, of Madison, Wis., topped leading qualifier Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio, 223-193, for the $60,000 first prize and a five-year exemption into future Firestones.

Third-seeded McDowell exhibited his presidential powers first against sentimental crowd favorite Danny Wiseman of Baltimore in the semifinal game of the ABC-TV finals. Wiseman had struggled with his emotions week-long in front of media witnesses who had discovered his father's terminal cancer diagnosis and knew this tournament could be father Albert's final opportunity to see his son succeed. McDowell out dueled Wiseman, 248-235, and a teary Wiseman then hugged his dad upon exiting, as did McDowell, which drew a standing ovation from those in attendance.

McDowell said, "Against Danny, I knew I'd have to throw great shots and that match was the key. I was surprisingly calm and really kept my emotions in check. I'm just coming into my prime now and if I can win the Firestone Tournament of Champions I can win any tournament."

The championship game was nearly anti-climatic, as McDowell began with five strikes and opened in his sixth frame, but by then held a comfortable 29-pin margin, and Genalo never threatened. Against Wiseman, McDowell had to come from behind and strung a six-bagger late in the game to knock Wiseman's TV record to 12-4. McDowell cited positive reinforcement tapes prepared by Wisconsin clinical hypnotherapist Jack Blumenthal for his calming and said, "I gave Jack's son lessons in exchange for his personalized tapes. I guess I owe the kid some more lessons now! It feels good to be considered the PBA Player of the Year favorite now, but I also was the leading candidate following the first week of 1992 (when he won the AC-Delco Classic at Torrance, Calif.). Now, I'm back where we started the year," he said. "Quite frankly, though, I don't think I was capable of winning this tournament last year.

Genalo was competing in just his third tournament of 1992 and summed up his disappointment simply by saying, "Thirty-three thousand dollars (amount of his second-place check) is a heck of a consolation prize." Genalo felt his positive mental outlook week-long accounted for his climb to the leading qualifier position.

The championship round began with two-time Firestone runnerup Tony Westlake outstriking first-time Tournament of Champions qualifier Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y., 255-225. Wiseman then began his personal mission and ousted Westlake, Edmond, Okla., 256-221. Wiseman earned $24,000 for third place, Westlake $18,000 for fourth and Edwards collected $12,000.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.471 (2 games)$60,000
2Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio193 (1 game)33,000
3Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md.491 (2 games)24,000
4Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.476 (2 games)18,000
5Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y.225 (1 game)12,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Westlake defeated Edwards, 255-225; Wiseman defeated Westlake, 256-221; McDowell defeated Wiseman, 248-235; and in the championship game, McDowell defeated Genalo, 223-193.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 11063 230.5 15-9-0 450 11513 
2Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 10781 224.6 15-9-0 450 11231 
3Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md. 10725 223.4 16-8-0 480 11205 
4Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 10757 224.1 14-10-0 420 11177 
#5Ray Edwards, Centereach, N.Y. 10816 225.3 12-12-0 360 11176 
6Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 10721 223.4 14-10-0 420 11141 $10,500
7Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif. 10761 224.2 12-12-0 360 11121 9,000
8Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 10656 222.0 15-9-0 450 11106 8,000
9Jess Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz. 10729 223.5 12-12-0 360 11089 7,300
10Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 10700 222.9 12-12-0 360 11060 6,500
11Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 10606 221.0 13-10-1 405 11011 6,500
12Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 10607 221.0 13-11-0 390 10997 5,500
13Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla. 10600 220.8 12-11-1 375 10975 5,000
14Jim Pencak, Mayfield Hts., Ohio 10671 222.3 10-14-0 300 10971 4,500
15Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 10626 221.4 11-13-0 330 10956 4,000
16Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas 10634 221.5 10-14-0 300 10934 3,600
17Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 10585 220.5 11-13-0 330 10915 3,200
18Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 10533 219.4 11-13-0 330 10863 3,000
19Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, 111. 10465 218.0 11-13-0 330 10795 2,800
20Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10389 216.4 13-11-0 390 10779 2,700
21Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 10347 215.6 12-12-0 360 10707 2,600
22Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla. 10373 216.1 8-16-0 240 10613 2,500
23John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 10207 212.7 9-15-0 270 10477 2,450
24Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind. 10207 212.7 6-18-0 180 10387 2,400


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas$2,180
*26Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M.2,270
27Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan.2,150
28Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA2,150
29Gene Stus, Allen Park, Mich.2,100
30Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.2,100
31Doug Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y.2,100
32Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.2,100
33Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.2,050
34Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.2,050
35Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.2,050
36Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.2,050
37Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.2,000
38Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas2,000
39Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.2,000
40Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif.2,000
41Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.1,950
42Alan Bishop, Louisville, Ky.1,950
43Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,950
44Brian Voss, Boca Raton, Fla.1,950
45Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas1,900
46Jimmy Keeth, W. Palm Beach, Fla.1,900
47Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.1,900
48Bruce Hamilton, Seattle, Wash.1,900
49Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,850
50David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,850
51Chris Warren, Dallas1,850
52Harry Sullins, Detroit1,850

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Don Genalo, 5465. 24th place-Scott Devers, 5162. 52nd place-Harry Sullins, 4714. PRO-AM CASHERS-Johnny Petraglia, Scott Devers, Chris Warren, Bob Handley, Bob Learn Jr., Danny Wiseman, Wetter Ray Williams Jr. and Jess Stayrook ($50 each). SQUAD PRIZES-High Block: Jess Stayrook-1871, Bob Benoit-1931, Don Genalo-1913, Gary Dickinson-1868, Marshall Holman-1940, Ray Edwards-1921 ($500 each). High Game: Doug Kent-287, Amleto Monacelli-290, Gene Stus-299, Bob Benoit and Eric Forkel-279, Marshall Holman-290, Ray Edwards-300 ($250 each). #-Ray Edwards received an additional $600 for rolling a 300 game.