Tucson Open - Archived Standings
$60,000 TUCSON OPEN
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz., Jul 15-18, 1977
Pappas Snaps Roth's Skein
George Pappas thwarted Mark Roth's bid to rewrite the PBA record books when he eked out a two-pin victory in the $60,000 Tucson Open.
Seeking an unprecedented fourth straight victory, Roth entered the position round game 44 pins behind the leader Pappas. And although Roth defeated Pappas, 235-223, in the final contest, he fell short of another victory when he failed to strike on his final ball.
It was Pappas' fifth career title and earned him the $6,000 top prize.
Pappas didn't move into the top position until only one game remained in the 42-game contest. He supplanted Dennis Lane, the leader until that point, then protected the margin in the final game.
Roth finished second, giving him a string of fourth, first, first, first and second finishes in five weeks, while Marshall Holman was third, Lane fourth and Tommy Hudson fifth.
*Alternate. (Includes $75). 18-game qualifying leader-Les Zikes, 4056. 24th place-Dan Roche, 3827. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each)-Tom Wright, Dave Frame, Mike Durbin, Wayne Webb, Rick Minier, Rick Smyth, Paul Colwell, Pete Couture, Doug Heim.