AMF Major League Lanes/Arthur Ashe Center, Richmond, VA, Sep 30-Oct 5, 1994

Mazza Wins Sixth PBA Title

Once the dust had settled and the raining of bowling balls slowed, John Mazza stood alone in the winner's circle at the Arthur Ashe Center in the inaugural $250,000 AMF Dick Weber Classic. Leading qualifier Mazza, Shelby Township, Mich., emerged from the unique round robin arena format played before 2,000-plus fans holding the trophy and his sixth PBA title.

The four finalists bowled each other once and the top two scorers advanced to the championship game, where Mazza defeated good friend Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 216-183, for the $60,000 first prize. Mazza also had earned $5,000 for leading the 30-man invitational field following the 46 games of match play. Mazza then donated the $5,000 check to PBA's official charity, the Children's Miracle Network.

Bohn was well in control in the title game, but suffered back-to-back open frames in his ninth and 10th frames, allowing Mazza the opportunity to come back, which he did by tossing a double, nine-spare. Bohn collected $31,000 as runnerup.

"This (arena finals) is great for bowling," Mazza said. "We need to shake things up a little and this format is great in doing that As long as the fans and media are excited, more people will realize how great this sport is."

In the opening games of the ESPN telecast, Learn defeated Bohn, 258-206, and Mazza edged Joe Firpo, 259-258, with the winners of the first three games also gaining 30 bonus pins.

Bohn came back in the second game to top Firpo, 259-221, and Mazza bettered Learn, 241-220. The critical third game saw Bohn claw his way into the finals by topping Mazza, 248-234, while Firpo and Learn baffled for a berth In the title game which Firpo won, 247-244. Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla., earned $21,000 for third place and Learn took $16,000 home to Erie, Pa., for fourth.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*1John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI (3-1)1,010 (4 games)$60,000
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ (2-2)956 (4 games)31,000
3Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL (1-2)756 (3 games)21,000
4Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA (1-2)752 (3 games)16,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-(Round one) Mazza defeated Firpo, 259-258; Learn defeated Bohn, 258-206. (Round two) Mazza defeated Learn, 241-220; Bohn defeated Firpo, 259-221. (Round three) Bohn defeated Mazza, 248-234; Firpo defeated Learn, 247-244. (Championship match) Mazza defeated Bohn, 216-183. *--Mazza received a $5,000 bonus for leading the field following match play.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 10456 227.3 30-16-0 990 11446 
2Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 10471 227.6 27-19-0 920 11391 
3Parker Bohn III, Freehold, NJ 10417 226.4 28-18-0 885 11302 
4Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 10332 224.6 28-18-0 940 11272 
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 10268 223.1 29-16-1 980 11248 $12,000
6Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 10368 225.3 25-21-0 830 11198 10,000
#7Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 10403 226.1 22-23-1 755 11158 8,500
#8David Ozio, Vidor, TX 10237 222.5 27-19-0 900 11137 7,250
9Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 10247 222.7 23-21-2 810 11057 6,500
10Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 10130 220.2 26-19-1 895 11025 5,800
11Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 10146 220.5 26-20-0 860 11006 5,250
#12Bob Spaulding, Mechanicsburg, PA 10236 222.5 22-23-1 730 10966 4,800
13Brian Voss, Atlanta 10102 219.6 26-20-0 860 10962 4,500
14Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 10192 221.5 23-23-0 760 10952 4,250
15Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 10209 221.9 21-25-0 660 10869 4,100
16Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 10092 219.3 22-24-0 700 10792 4,000


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
17Don Moser, San Jose, CA$3,150
18Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS3,100
19John Handegard, Las Vegas3,050
20Justin Hromek, Andover, KS3,000
@21Thomas Holt, Lubbock, TX2,950
22Chris Warren, Dallas2,900
@23Rainer Puisis, Germany2,850
@24Brian Graham, Lincoln, NE2,800
25David Traber, Woodstock, IL2,750
26Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO2,700
27Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY2,650
28Dick Weber, St. Louis2,600
29Eugene McCune, Munster, IN2,550
30Hisamitsu Matsui, Japan2,500

30-game qualifying leader-John Mazza, 6888. 16th place-Amleto Monacelli, 6490. #-John Mazza, Steve Hoskins, Bob Spaulding (2) and David Ozio rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn (2), Chris Warren, David Ozio, John Handegard and Steve Hoskins ($50 each). @-Non-PBA member.