Houston Open - Archived Standings
$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."
*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.