Sayville Bowl, Sayville, NY, Mar 14-18, 1995

Stayrook: "Yes I Am!" Bud Light Champion

Fueled by the contagious enthusiasm of 4,000-plus fans (as in fanatics) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook's Indoor Sports Complex, less Stayrook plowed past four opponents to earn his second title of the year at the $200,000 Bud Light Championship.

Fifth-seeded following the 42 games of qualifying and match play at Leisure Bowling Centers' host Sayville Bowl, Stayrook's consistency paid off. His 237-236 victory against leading qualifier Philip Ringener secured his fifth PBA title at the first of four "arena" final venues of the winter schedule.

Ringener, of Big Spring, Texas, unfortunately best known as the Tour's most prolific non-champion, opened the final game with five strikes to jump to a 20-pin lead. Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz., started a five-bagger of his own in the fourth frame while Ringener unbelievably missed single-pin spares in his sixth (4-pin) and seventh (8-pin) frames. Obviously shaken, Ringener spared the 2-4-5-8 in his eighth and then struck cut, which forced Stayrook's strike, spare finish for the victory. Ringener, now saddled with five second-place finishes, collected $19,000 as runnerup.

Stayrook said, "What an afternoon! I really feel bad for Philip-he bowled so well all week and then to have mishaps cost him...He gave me a pop in the 10th and I took advantage of it. I tried to save some energy for each game. You don't lead tournaments if you're a bad spare-shooter, so I was shocked when he missed those two."

In the first game of the ABC Sports-televised finals, Stayrook defeated Ken McNeely of Morgantown, W. Va., who was making his second consecutive appearance among the final five, 238-225. Bowling on the same Brunswick lane installation where he had captured last year's Great Lakes Classic at Grand Rapids, Mich., Dave Ferraro didn't fare as well on this day and bowed, 269-237. Stayrook next bombed defending Bud Light champion Andy Neuer of Milton, Pa., 235-170, to earn his spot opposite Ringener for the championship.

Neuer earned $11,000 for his third-place finish, Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., took home $9,000 for fourth place and McNeely made $7,000 for fifth.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ979 (4 games)$37,000
2Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX236 (1 game)19,000
3Andy Neuer, Milton, PA170 (1-game11,000
4Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY237 (1-game9,000
5Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC225 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Stayrook defeated McNeely, 238-225; Stayrook defeated Ferraro, 269-237; Stayrook defeated Neuer, 235170; and in the championship game, Stayrook defeated Ringener, 237-236. The championship round was held at the Indoor Sports Complex, State University of New York-Stony Brook.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 9595 228.5 18-6-0 540 10135 
2Andrew Neuer, Milton, PA 9572 227.9 14-9-1 435 10007 
3Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY 9547 227.3 14-9-1 435 9982 
4Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC 9493 226.1 14-10-0 420 9913 
5Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9461 225.3 15-9-0 450 9911 
6Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 9391 223.6 15-9-0 450 9841 $6,000
7Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9332 222.2 16-7-1 495 9827 5,750
8Bob Spaulding, Mechanicsburg, PA 9445 224.9 10-13-1 315 9760 5,500
9John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9466 225.4 9-14-1 285 9751 5,250
10Tony Lanning, Lewisville TX 9354 222.7 12-11-1 375 9729 5,000
#11Ed Richardson, Corpus Cristi, TX 9309 221.6 13-11-1 390 9699 4,750
t12Jeff Morin Rockaway, NJ 9326 222.1 12-12-0 360 9686 4,500
13Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9318 221.9 11-13-0 330 9648 4,250
14Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 9272 220.8 12-12-0 360 9632 4,000
15Rick Steelsmith Wichita, KS 9317 221.8 9-13-2 300 9617 3,800
16Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9183 218.6 11-13-0 330 9513 3,600
#17Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9079 216.2 14-10-0 420 9499 3,400
18Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 9152 217.9 11-13-0 330 9482 3,200
19George Branham III, Indianapolis 9116 217.1 12-12-0 360 9476 3,000
20Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9125 217.3 9-14-1 285 9410 2,800
21Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ 9091 216.5 9-15-0 270 9361 2,600
22Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9066 215.9 8-16-0 240 9306 2,400
23Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 8847 210.6 10-13-1 315 9162 2,300
24Dave Covington, Lake Wales, FL 8770 208.8 5-19-0 150 8920 2,200


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, TX$1,970
26Adam Cotton, Coral Springs, FL1,800
#27Mark Erdmann, Bloomington, IL1,760
28Dennis Rakauskas, Longwood, FL1,730
29Don Moser, San Jose. CA1,673
 Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, NC1,673
 Billy Young, Tulsa, OK1,673
32Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY1,630
33Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA1,610
34Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL1,590
35Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ1,570
36Doug Wallace, Portland, OR1,560
37Hugh Miller, Seattle1,550
38Kirk van Krueger, Pensacola, FL1,540
39Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, MD1,530
40Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,520
41Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL1,510
42Brian Eaton, Buffalo, NY1,495
 Marshall Holman, Medford, OR1,495
tt44Rudy Kasimakis, Levittown, NY1,475
 Jeff Lizzi, Medford, NY1,475
46Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,460
47Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL1,450
48Joe Baca, Dublin, CA1,440
49Steve Jams, Bolingbrook, IL1,425
 Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,425
51Richard Wolfe, Arlington, VA1,410
52Todd Brannigan, Deer Park, NY1,395
 Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS1,395

t-Jeff Morin defeated Mark Scroggins in a one game roll-off, 198-197 *-Match play alternate 18-game qualifyingleader-Ryan Shafer, 4194. 24th place-Jeff Morin and Mark Scroggins 4005. 52nd place-Todd Brannigan and KellyCoffman, 3918. #--Jack Jurek, Bryan Goebel (2), Mark Erdmann and Ed Richardson rolled 300 games ($200 each).
PRO-AM CASHERS-Dave Husted, Mike Edwards, Walter Ray WiIliams Jr., Dave Bolles, Ray Edwards, Wayne WebbAndy Neuer, Tommy Delutz, Scott Alexander Eric Forkel, Eugene McCune, Steve Jaros, Marty Letscher, Mark Roth($50 each). Dave D'Entremont and David Cogswell ($25 each), tt-Non-PBA member.