We have BREAKING NEWS from the Pete! Not only do we have a new leader on the final day of this year’s Classic, but he made a push to set one of the all-time high score in the history of the Petersen Classic.
Matt Staninger from Elon, NC shot an incredible 1,792, the highest score at the Pete since Tony Sparando’s winning score of 1,799 in 1946. Even with several delays due to lane breakdowns, Matt didn’t seem fazed as he appeared completely focused, setting his sights on the top spot and a run at potentially writing some new Petersen history.
Matt started with games of 203, 216, 258 and 256, giving him an astounding 933 four-game set (+133, a 233 average). After the break, his over-200 scoring pace continued with games of 229, 236 and 201, giving him a total of 1,599 through his first 7 games. Heading into the final game, Matt only needed a score of 37 to take over the lead. Game 8 was Matt’s only sub-200 game as he posted a 193 to finish with his remarkable 1,792.
Matt’s amazing performance was 132 pins shy of the all-time Petersen high score. The highest 8-game set in Petersen history was a 1,924 shot by Dominick DeVito at the 12th Petersen Classic in 1924. DeVito was a three-time Pete Champ, also winning the 2nd and 5th editions of the Classic back in 1922 and 1923. In the early days of the Pete, the tournament was held twice each year.
The “unofficial” final standings will be posted on the Petersen website on Tuesday.