Houston Open



$60,000 HOUSTON OPEN
Stadium Bowl, Houston, Texas, Jul 22-25, 1977

Salvino Spooks Hudson

Veteran Carmen Salvino took advantage of a final-frame collapse by Tommy Hudson to win the $6,000 first prize in the $60,000 Houston Open.

Trailing by 50 pins at the start of the 42nd and final game, PBA Hall of Famer Salvino began with five straight strikes to open a commanding lead. He fell off a bit the final five frames before finishing first with a 221.

Needing only a mark in the last frame to sew up the crown, Hudson had the ball hang on his thumb on his first ball and left the 1-2-4-7. He felled all but the head pin on his next shot, resulting in a 196 game and a runnerup finish.

The title was Salvino's 16th and first in 12 months.

"There's no excuse for what I did," explained a dejected Hudson. "I blew it. I'm a professional and when you need a mark to win you should get it."

Salvino said, "I feel very, very bad for Tommy. But when you get to be my age (42), you'll take a title any way you can get 1t."

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Carmen Salvino, Chicago 9305 20-4-0 600 9905 $6,000
2Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9405 16-7-1 495 9900 3,500
3Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 9218 17-7-0 510 9728 3,000
4Pete Couture, Windsor, Conn. 9223 16-7-1 495 9718 2,500
5Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga, Calif. 9278 13-i1-0 390 9668 2,000
6Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9238 10-13-1 315 9553 1,800
7Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 9177 12-12-0 360 9537 1,600
8Larry Laub, San Francisco 9168 12-12-0 360 9528 1,400
*9Don Bell, Santa Maria, Calif. 9132 12-12-0 360 9492 1,350
10Mike Alfieri, La Crosse, Wis. 9100 12-11-1 375 9475 1,300
11Jeff Mattingly. Tacoma, Wash. 9064 13-10-1 405 9469 1,250
12Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9100 10-13-1 315 9415 1,200
13Joe McQuillan, West Los Angeles 9067 11-12-1 345 9412 1,150
14Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9066 10-12-2 330 9396 1,100
15Mike Matosich, San Bruno, Calif. 9041 i1-13-0 330 9371 1,050
16Rick Minier, Akron, Ohio 9099 8-15-1 255 9354 1,000
17Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8980 11-12-1 345 9325 950
18Jay Robinson, Los Angeles 8929 13-11-0 390 9319 900
@19Russ Shields, Seabrook, Calif. 9063 7-17-0 210 9273 850
20Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb. 8861 11-12-1 345 9206 800
21Neil Burton, Lincoln, Neb. 8812 12-12-0 360 9172 750
22Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 8780 10-13-1 315 9095 700
23Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 8816 8-16-0 240 9056 650
24Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 8777 6-17-1 195 8972 600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.$565
26Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.480
27Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.470
28Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y.460
29Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas445
 John Wilcox, Montoursville, Pa.445
31Bo Bowden, Dallas, Tex.435
32Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.430
33John Elledge, Sacramento, Calif..425
34Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.420
35Jack Lee, Enid, Okla.415
36Paul Moser, Medford, Mass.410
37Wayne Graham, Miami, Fla.402.50
 Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.402.50
39Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif.395
40Jack Biondolillo, Houston337.50
 Dale Glenn, Glendale, Calif.387.50
42Pete McCordic, Houston377.50
 Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.377.50
44John Welsh, Dallas370
45Doug Heim, Tonawanda, N.Y.365
46Rick Chang, Fullerton, Calif.360
47John Voso, Euclid, Ohio355
48Dave Soutar. Kansas City, Mo.350

*Alternate (Includes $75). @Non-PBA member. 18-game qualifying leader-Fenton, 4239. 24th place--Certain, 3909. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each)-Rich Carrubba, Marshall Holman. Ernie Schlegel, Curt Schmidt, Butch Soper, Fred Conner, Norm Meyers. Dave Frame, Jack Lee, Louie Moore, Dennis Swayda, Dave Bash, Steve Jones, Pete Couture, Mike Matosich, Pat Malone, Dee Munsell, Norm Meyers, Gil Sliker, Mike Kelly. PTQ INCENTIVES -$75-Neil Burton. $50-Pete McCordic, Rich Bower, Jack Biondolillo. $25-Frank Ellenburg, Lee Taylor. $12.50-Scott Kelly, Kirk Foster.