PBA Bowling Tour: 1984 Season

This is a recap of the 1984 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 26th season, and consisted of 34 events. With Earl Anthony now retired, it was the bowler with the second-highest career wins, Mark Roth, who stepped up to take his fourth PBA Player of the Year honor. Roth won four titles in 1984, upping his career title count to 31 (second to Anthony's 41), and won his first major title at the BPAA U.S. Open. Roth had previously qualified for the TV finals in ten major championships without winning.[1] Adding to his accolades, Roth also became the PBA's second career millionaire (after Anthony) when he took the title at the Greater Detroit Open, and he capped the season by winning the Angle Touring Players Championship.[2]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1984 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 2 – December 1, 1984
PBA Tour
Season MVPMark Roth
PBA Tour seasons

Bob Chamberlain, a 35-year-old who had toiled on and off the PBA Tour (mostly off) and had recently returned from treatment for alcoholism,[3] won his first ever PBA Tour event at the Toledo Trust PBA National Championship. Meanwhile, Mike Durbin became the first three-time winner in the Firestone Tournament of Champions, having previously won in 1972 and 1982.[4]

Nelson Burton, Jr. broke a 12-year-old record for a four-game TV series when he toppled 1,050 pins en route to the title at the AMF Angle Open.[5]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
Rolaids Open Brunswick Wonderbowl Anaheim, California Jan 2–7 Wayne Webb (13)
AC-Delco Classic Mel's Southshore Bowl Alameda, California Jan 9–14 Butch Soper (2)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 15–21 George Pappas (9)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Jan 23–28 Hugh Miller (4)
Miller High Life Classic Don Carter's Kendall Lanes Miami, Florida Jan 30 – Feb 4 Mark Baker (1)
AMF Angle Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Feb 6–11 Nelson Burton, Jr. (17)
True Value Open Landmark Plaza Recreation Center Peoria, Illinois Feb 13–18 Ted Hannahs (2)
Meister Brau Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Feb 20–25 Rickie Sajek (1)
Toledo Trust PBA National Championship Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Feb 26 – Mar 3 Bob Chamberlain (1)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Mar 5–10 Gary Skidmore (3)
BPAA U.S. Open Arena Bowl Oak Lawn, Illinois Mar 12–17 Mark Roth (28)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 19–24 Rickie Sajek (2)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Capital Plaza Hyattsville, Maryland Mar 27–31 Dale Eagle (2)
Long Island Open Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Apr 2–7 Ernie Schlegel (3)
Greater Hartford Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Apr 9–14 Jimmie Pritts, Jr. (2)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 17–21 Mike Durbin (13)
Seattle Open Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington May 14–19 Don Genalo (3)
Denver Open Celebrity Sports Center Denver, Colorado May 22–26 John Gant (1)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona May 29 – Jun 2 Ron Polombi, Jr. (1)
Southern California Open Active West Town Square Lanes Riverside, California Jun 5–9 Gary Skidmore (4)
Kessler Open Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Dublin, California Jun 12–16 Wayne Webb (14)
Showboat Doubles Classic Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jun 19–23 Mark Roth (29),
Marshall Holman (17)
Aqua Fest Mr. Gatti's Open Highland Lanes Austin, Texas Jul 19–24 Pete Weber (3)
Houston Open Copperfield Bowl Houston, Texas Jul 26–31 Brian Voss (2)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Aug 3–7 Mark Williams (1)
Buffalo Open Suburban Lanes Buffalo, New York Aug 10–14 George Pappas (10)
Molson Golden Bowling Challenge Rose Bowl Lanes Windsor, Ontario Aug 17–21 Pete Weber (4)
Columbia Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Ponderosa Bowl San Antonio, Texas Oct 16–20 Louis Blancarte,
John Forst (1)
Indianapolis Open Woodland Bowl Indianapolis, Indiana Oct 23–27 Mike Aulby (5)
True Value Open Westgate Lanes Fairview Park, Ohio Oct 30 – Nov 3 Charlie Lacy (1)
Greater Detroit Open Satellite Bowl Dearborn Heights, Michigan Nov 6–10 Mark Roth (30)
Brunswick Memorial World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 11–14 Mike Aulby (6)
Budweiser Classic Columbus Square Bowling Palace Columbus, Ohio Nov 19–24 Guppy Troup (7)
Angle Touring Players Championship George Pappas' Park Lanes Charlotte, North Carolina Nov 27 – Dec 1 Mark Roth (31)


  1. ^ "1984 BPAA U.S. Open". PBA.
  2. ^ "1984 Greater Detroit Open". PBA.
  3. ^ "1984 Toledo Trust PBA National Championship". PBA.
  4. ^ "1984 Firestone Tournament of Champions". PBA.
  5. ^ "1984 Angle Open". PBA.

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