Greater Los Angeles Open



$125,000 GREATER LOS ANGELES OPEN
Gable House Bowl, Torrance, Calif., Jan 26-31, 1987

Karlsson, McCordic Love L.A.

Southern California has proven to be friendly confines for Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden, who won his second PBA title in as many visits to the sunny area by capturing the $125,000 Greater Los Angeles Open, 235-181, against Ricky Corona. But the results at host center Gable House Bowl proved even more financially fruitful for Houston's Pete McCordic, who notched the first perfect game on national television (ABC Sports) since 1974 and collected the $100,000 True Value bonus for the effort.

McCordic began the championship finals with his 12-bagger in downing Wayne Webb, 300-249, much to the delight of an enthusiastic Gable House audience. Then, obviously physically and emotionally drained from his perfect game effort, McCordic bowed to Karlsson in the next game, 234-206.

Karlsson had earned his first PBA title on the 1986 Summer Tour at nearby Riverside in the Southern California Open, becoming the first foreign-resident PBA champ. He continued his charge in the semifinal game against John Gant, the PBA Tour's average leader in '86, defeating the lefthander, 235-226.

Enter Corona, the tournament leader and local favorite from Diamond Bar, Calif., and the PBA Western Region's 1985 Rookie and Player of the Year. Corona fell behind early and Karlsson closed with three strikes and a spare to coast in the winner.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden704 (3 games)$18,000
2Ricky Corona, Diamond Bar, Calif.181 (1 game)9,500
3John Gant, Independence, Ky.226 (1 game)7,000
4Pete McCordic, Houston506 (2 games)5,500
5Wayne Webb, Indianapolis, Ind.249 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - McCordic defeated Webb, 300-249; Karlsson defeated McCordic, 234-206; Karlsson defeated Gant, 235-226; and in the championship game, Karlsson defeated Corona, 235-181.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Ricky Corona, Diamond Bar, Calif. 9605 228.7 14-8-2 450 10055 
2John Gant, Independence, Ky. 9524 226.8 15-8-1 465 9989 
3Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 9512 226.5 15-9-0 450 9962 
#4Wayne Webb, Indianapolis 9419 224.3 16-8-0 480 9899 
#5Pete McCordic, Houston 9442 224.8 15-9-0 450 9892 
#6Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9483 225.8 11-13-0 330 9813 $4,000
7Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 9326 222.0 16-8-0 480 9806 3,600
8Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 9282 221.0 13-11-0 390 9672 3,300
9Donny Davis, Dallas 9370 223.1 10-14-0 300 9670 3,000
10Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla. 9290 221.2 12-12-0 360 9650 2,800
11Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, III. 9293 221.3 11-12-1 345 9638 2,600
#12Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla. 9306 221.6 11-13-0 330 9636 2,400
13Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J, 9260 220.5 10-14-0 300 9560 2,200
14Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9139 217.6 13-11-0 390 9529 2,100
15Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9206 219.2 10-13-1 315 9521 2,000
16David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 9111 216.9 13-11-0 390 9501 1,900
17Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif., 9073 216.0 12-12-0 360 9433 1,800
18Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 9212 219.3 7-17-0 210 9422 1,700
19Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 9159 218.1 8-16-0 240 9399 1,600
20Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 8938 212.8 14-10-0 420 9358 1,500
21Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio 9057 215.6 9-15-0 270 9327 1,420
22Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 8973 213.6 11-13-0 330 9303 1,360
23Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 8974 213.7 8-15-1 255 9229 1,300
+24Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 5081 220.9 3-2-0 90 5171 1,270

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.$1,175
26George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,120
27Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.1,110
28Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.1,090
29Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,075
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis1,075
31Randy Pederson, Santa Maria, Calif.1,060
32Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.1,050
33Dennis Horan Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.1,040
34Hugh Miller, Mercer Island. Wash.1,030
35Tim Schwerdtfeger, Las Vegas, Nev.1,020
36Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.1,010
37Chuck Pierce, Dallas1,000
38Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla..990
39Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.980
40John Mazza, Mt. Clemons, Mich.995
41Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif.960
42Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela950
43Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.940
44Jerry Miller, Twin Falls, Idaho930
45Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.920
46Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz.910
47Nick Melnikoff, Pacifica, Calif.900
48Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D.890
49Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.880
50Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.870
51Tom Baker, Buffalo. N.Y.855
 Rusty Greiner, Richmond, Calif.855
53Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.840

18-game qualifying leader - Marc McDowell, 4192. 24th place - Randy Lightfoot, 3969. 53rd place - Walter Ray Williams Jr. . 3864. # - Ron Palombi Jr., Rod Pasteur, Wayne Webb, Mike Aulby and Pete McCordic ($100,000 bonus from True Value Hardware Stores) rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Earl Anthony, Mats Karlsson, Jim Pencak, Mike Aulby. Richard Bramwell and John Mazza ($50 each.)+ - Purvis Granger replaced Pete Weber after 19 games of match play. He received a 457-pin penalty - the difference between their qualifying scores (187 pins) and bonus pins Weber earned (270). They split 24th and 27th-place money. Granger received an additional $95 for acting as alternate for 19 games. John Mazza earned $25 for acting as alternate for the final five games of match play.