ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, PA, Aug 19-23, 1994

Randy Pedersen Earns Title No.10

Randy Pedersen defeated Bob Vespi in the title match of the Greater Harrisburg Open to earn his first title of the year and 10th of his 13-year career.

Top-seeded, Pedersen rolled past a red-hot Vespi, 210-166, to earn the $16,000 first prize. Pedersen trailed only once in the match after failing to convert the 1-2-10 washout in the opening frame. Pedersen then rolled three consecutive strikes after Vespi opened in the first frame and failed to strike until the eighth.

Vespi earned a spot in the title match after rolling past three opponents in the stepladder format. He opened the ESPN televised finals with a 249-246 win over 1993 PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. Williams pocketed $3,000 in his ninth television appearance of the year. Williams finished runnerup to Brian Davis In last year's Greater Harrisburg Open.

Vespi then advanced to meet 21-time titlist Pete Weber. Weber opened the game with three consecutive strikes before struggling in the middle four frames, culminating with a failed conversion of the 2-10 split Vespi went on to win the match, 231-215, relegating Weber to fourth place and $4,000.

Vespi was nearly perfect in the semifinal game opening with nine strikes in a row and cruising to a 279-180 win over Chris Warren. Vespi failed to earn a $10,000 300-game bonus from PBA when he left the two-pin standing on his first shot in the 10th frame.

Vespi was making his third consecutive appearance In the championship round of the Greater Harrisburg Open. The first of his two titles came here in 1992. He followed that with a third-place finish last year.

Pedersen pushed his career television record to 27-11 with the win. He was appearing In his third championship round of the year and was most pleased with his wife Becky sharing his 10th title.

"My wife has never seen me win a title," Pedersen said "The most Important thing about today was that she was here to share this with me."


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, Fla.210 (1 game)$16,000
2Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, Fla.925 (4 games)8,500
3Chris Warren, Dallas180 (1 game)5,000
4Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.215 (1 game)4,000
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA246 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Vespi defeated Williams, 249-246; Vespi defeated Weber, 231-215; Vespi defeated Warren, 279-180; and in the title match, Pedersen defeated Vespi, 210-166.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, Fla. 9325 222.0 18-6-0 540 9865 
#2Chris Warren, Dallas 9413 224.1 15-9-0 450 9863 
3Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 9481 225.7 10-14-0 300 9781 
4Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, Fla. 9239 219.9 17-7-0 510 9749 
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Ca. 9282 221.0 15-9-0 450 9732 
6Doug Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y. 9228 219.7 16-8-0 480 9708 $2,650
7Kirk Von Krueger, Pensacola, Fla. 9108 216.9 15-9-0 450 9558 2,400
8Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 9171 218.4 11-12-1 345 9516 2,300
9Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9124 217.2 13-11-0 390 9514 2,200
10Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas 9043 215.3 15-9-0 450 9493 2,100
11Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9036 215.1 14-10-0 420 9456 2,000
#12Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, N.C. 9078 216.1 12-12-0 360 9438 1,900
13Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX 9040 215.2 13-11-0 390 9430 1,800
14Jim Johnson, Wilmington, Del. 8973 213.6 13-11-0 390 9363 1,700
15Bob Spaulding, Mechanicsburg, Pa 9106 216.8 8-16-0 240 9346 1,600
16Len Blakey, Tacoma, Wash. 8942 212.9 11-13-0 330 9272 1,500
17Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 8905 212.0 10-14-0 300 9205 1,400
18Steve Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 8885 211.5 10-13-1 315 9200 1,300
19Jeff Germann, Wheeling, W. Va. 8951 213.1 8-16-0 240 9191 1,200
20Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, Ohio 8876 211.3 7-17-0 210 9086 1,100
&21Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 8842 210.5 7-9-0 210 9052 953
22Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 8783 209.1 7-17-0 210 8993 1,050
23Andrew Neuer, Milton, Pa. 8682 206.7 9-15-0 270 8952 1,025
24David Traber, Woodstock, 111. 8676 206.6 7-17-0 210 8886 1,000


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
&25Ken McNeely, Morgantown, N.C.$913
26Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.735
 Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va.735
28Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ720
29Don Moser, San Jose, CA715
30Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH710
31Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City, OK703
 Pete Maybank II, Cheboygan, MI703
33Willie Willis, Hamden, Conn.695
34Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.690
35Bob Benoit, Topeka, KA680
 Jim Gibson Jr., LeCrescenta, CA680
 Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, PA680
38George Branham III, Indianapolis, IN670
39Brian Voss, Atlanta, GA665
40Brian Davis, Casselberry, FA660
41Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.655
42Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS.700
43Chris Hooper, Maple Springs, N.Y.645
44Dennis Horan, San Diego, CA640
45Jay Burgess, Houston, TX633
 Jim Lee, Riverside, CA633
47Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX625
48George Conover, Neptune, N.J.618
 Rick Graham, Lancaster, PA618
50Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md.610
51Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, PA605
52Tony Ament, Hackensack, N.J.600
53Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.595

18-game qualifying leader-Bob Spaulding, 4157. 24th place-Amleto Monacelli, 3858. 53rd place-Tom Baker, 3753. #--Chris Warren and Mark Mosayebi rolled 300 games ($300 each). &-Roger Bowker replaced Ken McNeely who withdrew due to illness after 26 games. Bowker was penalized 284 pins, the difference between their qualifying totals (704) and the bonus pins McNeely accumulated (780). Bowker and McNeely split money for 21st and 25th combined ($973). Bowker received $40 for serving as alternate for eight games. PRO-AM CASHERS-Joe Salvemini, Bryan Goebel, Brian Himmler Mark Williams, Wayne Webb, Joe Firpo, Darryl Bower, Kent Burgan, Steve Todd, Jimmy Johnson (Columbus), Mark Roth. John Mazza, Jon Carter, Eric Forkel ($50 each).