Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Feb 26-Mar 3, 1984

Chamberlain "Finds Himself" PBA National Championship

Bob Chamberlain completed a personal and professional metamorphosis by triumphing in the $200,000 Toledo Trust PBA National Championship to earn the $38,000 first prize.

Advancing from the fifth-seeded position, Chamberlain topped leading qualifier Dan Eberl, 219-191, in the championship match to earn his first PBA victory.

Less than 14 months earlier, Chamberlain had admitted himself to an alcohol rehabilitation program, a move which effectively set the Pontiac, Mich., right-hander on a path toward wearing the green jacket of the PBA's National champion.

Chamberlain edged veteran Roy Buckley by a mere two pins to qualify for the championship round. He began his ascent in the stepladder format by routing Gil Sliker, 256-226.

His next match against PBA Hall of Famer Jim Stefanich was the closest. The comeback-minded Stefanich led most of the game, but opened the door with a 10th frame split enabling Chamberlain to pull out a 232-225 decision.

Another Hall of Famer and veteran ABC-TV commentator, Nelson Burton Jr., stood in Chamberlain's path. But Chamberlain steamrolled past, 254-200.

At stake in the final game between Chamberlain and Eberl was a seven-year exemption into the Firestone Tournament of Champions, freedom from the Tour's rabbit squads and an $18,000 difference between first and second place. Neither player had ever been in contention to win a PBA title before.

Eberl started the match disastrously with a 4-6-7-10 split on his first shot. Chamberlain miscued for a third frame open before finding the line for a three-bagger.

When Eberl could not close the gap, Chamberlain clinched it with a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame. For his four games, Chamberlain totaled 961, a 240 average to succeed Earl Anthony, the 1981-83 National champion at Imperial Lanes.

A 35-year-old right-hander, Chamberlain had excelled in Detroit area leagues for several years. But not until achieving sobriety was he afforded the sponsorship opportunity to compete regularly on the Tour. An inspirational story resulted.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bob Chamberlain, Pontiac, Mich.961 (4 games)$38,000
2Dan Eberl, Tonawanda, N.Y.191 (1 game)20,000
3Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis200 (1 game)11,000
4Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.225 (1 game)8,000
5Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.226 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Chamberlain defeated Sliker, 256-226; Chamberlain defeated Stefanich, 232-225; Chamberlain defeated Burton, 254-200; and in the championship game, Chamberlain defeated Eberl, 219-191.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dan Eberl, Tonawanda, N.Y. 12225 218.3 16-8-0 480 12705 
2Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 12116 216.3 19-4-1 585 12701 
3Jim Stefanich, Joliet, III. 12214 218.1 12-12-0 360 12574 
4Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 12071 215.5 16-8-0 480 12551 
5Bob Chamberlain, Pontiac, Mich. 11942 213.2 16-7-1 495 12437 
#**6Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio 11925 212.9 17-7-0 510 12435 $5,050
7Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W.Va. 12017 214.5 13-10-1 405 12422 4,100
8Bob Goike, Detroit, Mich. 11930 213.0 16-8-0 480 12410 3,600
9Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 12069 215.5 9-15-0 270 12339 3,300
10Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore. 11904 212.5 14-10-0 420 12324 3,000
11Keith Kolozsi, Xenia, Ohio 11853 211.6 15-9-0 450 12303 2,800
12Roger Haskell, Renton, Wash. 11778 210.3 14-9-1 435 12213 2,600
13Mitch Jabczenski, Taylor, Mich. 11934 213.1 9-15-0 270 12204 2,400
14Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 11835 211.3 12-12-0 360 12195 2,300
15Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 11838 211.3 11-13-0 330 12168 2,200
16Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 11852 211.6 10-13-1 315 12167 2,100
17Bobby Jacks, New Orleans 11822 211.1 11-13-0 330 12152 2,000
#18Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn. 11797 210.6 11-12-1 345 12142 1,900
19Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 11706 209.0 10-14-0 300 12006 1,800
20Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore. 11691 208.7 8-16-0 240 11931 1,700
21Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 11689 208.7 6-18-0 180 11869 1,600
22Wayne Webb, Carmel, Ind. 11614 207.3 6-18-0 180 11794 1,500
23Joe Losurdo, Oswego, N.Y. 11460 204.6 10-14-0 300 11760 1,400
24Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla. 11148 199.0 4-20-0 120 11268 1,350


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25John Wilcox, Shavertown, Pa.$1,335
26Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,240
27Pete McCordic, Houston1,220
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,220
 Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.1,220
30Dave Frame, Lincoln, Neb.1,195
 Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.1,195
32Lynn DeCamp, Leavittsburg, Ohio1,180
33Wayne Mackay, Canada1,170
34Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.1,160
35John Forst, La Grange, III1,150
36Chuck Pierce, Dallas, Texas1,140
37Jimmy Certain, Milwaukee, Wis.1,130
38Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va.1,120
39Rickie Sajek, Highland, Ind.1,110
40Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,095
 Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,095
42Mark Fahy. Chicago1,080
43James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio1,070
44Randy Johnson, W. Groves, Mo.1,055
 Chas. Del Plato, Bricktown, N.J.1,055
46Paul Moser, Brockton, Mass.1,040
47Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,025
 Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.1,025
49Paul Gibson, O'Fallon, Ill.1,000
 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.1,000
 John Scaletta, Franklin Park, Ill.1,000
52Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.980
53Steve Lewis, Columbus, Ohio970
54Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.960
55John Masiello, Buffalo, N.Y.950
56Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio940
57Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.930
58Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz.920
59Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.910
60Brad Bohling, Thornton, Colo.895
 Charlie Gadd, Brownsville, Pa.895
62Dave Kappel, Chicago880
63Joe Viscomi, N. London, N.C.870
64Steve Giljum, Crestwood, Mo.860
65Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y..850
66Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.840
67Rich Carrubba, Pleasanton, Calif.830
68Scott Buckingham, Anchorage, Alaska820
69Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.810
70Rich Hartman, Collinsville, Ill.800
71Ted Malicki, Maple Heights, Ohio790
72Mike Lastowski, Baltimore, Md.780
73Pete Weber, St. Louis770
74Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.760
75Jim Ragnoni, Elyria, Ohio750
76Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.740
77Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.730
78Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.720
79Robert Worrall, Flagstaff, Ariz.710
80Paul Koeppel, Maumee, Ohio700
81Greg Nesbit, Pittsburgh, Pa.685
 Jim Porter, Hollywood, Fla.685
83Allen Powell, Adrian, Mich.670
84Ken Amos, Elkhart, Ind.660
85Terry Franz, Mr. Vernon, Ohio650
86Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela640
67Casey Berry, Albuquerque, N.M.620
 Bill Meeker, Lima, Ohio620
 Don Sylvia, N. Bedford, Mass.620
90AI Thompson. Worthington, Ohio600

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. # - Charlie Tapp and Roy Buckley rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Henry Gonzalez. Bill Spigner, Sam Maccarone, Tom Baker, Bob Learn Jr., Mike Llaneza, AI Stonum, Rich Hartman, Rowdy Morrow, Robert Worrall, Ted Hannahs, Bobby Jacks, Dave Kappel, Dave Ferraro, Mark Roth and Martin Letscher ($50 each). 32-game qualifying leader - Jeff Bellinger, 7105. 24th place - Guppy Troup, 6761. 90th place - AI Thompson, 6393.