Topic: 1986 Budweiser Classic - 11/29/1986

Once again, thank you to the biggest Dave Ferraro fan in the world, Tom R. for providing this tape to me.

The date was Nov. 29, 1986. The championship match of the '86 Bud Classic featured two of the most contrasting styles you can have, Dave Ferraro vs. John Gant. Up until this point, Ferraro had been on TV only 3 times. His prior time, he lost to Mark Baker 279-278 for the highest losing score on TV, up until that time. The experience of that probably helped Ferraro this time around, as he was solid in his victory over Gant, thus capturing his first PBA title. On a side note, the announcing team of Jay Randolph and Earl Anthony was one of my favorites for bowling.

According to Tom R., Ferraro still operates his family's bowling center in Kingston, NY.

The clips come in two parts:

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Part 2:

Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Columbus, Ohio, Nov 24-29, 1986
Ferraro "Gant" Be Stopped

Throughout his respectable bowling career, 27-year-old Dave Ferraro never before had won a singles championship. But fate took a fortuitous turn when Ferraro turned back John Gant, 254-221, to claim the $150,000 Budweiser Classic and its $27,000 first prize.

Ferraro opened with six strikes and never looked back against Gant, who appeared unbeatable coming off a 277-223 victory against Ron Palombi Jr. With his victory, Ferraro also qualified for the 1987 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

A third generation bowling proprietor, Ferraro insisted, "The first win is more important than the money. This gives me new confidence. I started a little jittery, but the first few strikes loosened me up,"In the opening game of the NBC Sports-televised finals, Palombi topped Charlie Tapp, 237-214, and advanced past rookie Purvis Granger, 190-181, before bowing to Gant. Gant had qualified for the championship finals for the third time in four tournaments on the five-city Fall Tour. He also took the lead in the PBA's coveted high average competition with a 214.66 mark.


Pos. Name, City/State Total Amount

1 Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 254 (1 game) $27,000
2 John Gant, Independence, Ky. 498 (2 games) 14,000
3 Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 650 (3 games) 8,000
4 Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La. 181 (1 game) 6,500
5 Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn. 214 (1 game) 5,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Palombi defeated Tapp, 237-214; Palombi defeated Granger, 190-181; Gant defeated Palombi, 277-223; and in the championship game, Ferraro defeated Gant, 254-221.