Buffalo Open



$60,000 BUFFALO OPEN
Thruway Lanes, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug 12-15, 1977

Wright On!

After performing with little distinction in his first four years on the tour, Tom Wright came through in the clutch to win his first title, the $60,000 Buffalo Open.

With the final position round game remaining, the blond righthander owned a 27-pin lead over rookie Craig Cutsor. Wright jumped to a quick 22-pin lead early in the match and was never threatened after that, eventually posting a 233-214 victory for an edge of 75 pins at the finish.

"I'd been bowling so poorly all Summer that I had made up my mind before Buffalo began that I was going home to work on my game," Wright said. "I'm glad I changed my mind at the last minute."

In 16th place at the end of qualifying, Wright advanced to sixth after the opening block of match play, fourth after the second session, then broke into the lead with two games remaining.

Joe Berardi was third followed by Bus Oswalt and Todd Strebel.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Tom Wright, Millbrae, Calif. 8893 16-8-0 480 9373 $6,000
2Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif. 8757 18-6-0 540 9297 3,500
3Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y. 8870 12-10-2 390 9260 3,000
4Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind. 8862 12-11-1 375 9237 2,500
5Todd Strebel, Monroe, N.Y. 8776 13-10-1 405 9181 2,000
6Mike Durbin. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8786 13-11-0 390 9176 1,800
7Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 8820 11-12-1 345 9165 1,600
8Carmen Salvino, Chicago 8671 15-8-1 465 9136 1,450
9Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 8724 13-11-0 390 9114 1,350
10Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 8747 11-11-2 360 9107 1,300
11Doug Heim. Buffalo, N.Y. 8669 13-11-0 390 9059 1,250
12Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8672 12-12-0 360 9032 1,200
13John Denton, Midland, Texas 8636 12-11-1 375 9011 1,150
14Keith Craycraft, N. Martinsville. W. Va. 8647 11-13-0 330 8977 1,100
15Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 8646 11-13-0 330 8976 1,050
16Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8718 8-15-1 255 8973 1,000
17Dale Glenn, Glendale, Calif. 8541 13-10-1 405 8946 950
18Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 8531 13=10-1 405 8936 900
19Paul Moser, Medford, Mass. 8512 11-11-2 360 8872 850
20Bob Shaffer, Cleveland, Ohio 8623 7-17-0 210 8833 800
21Dennis Lane, Kingsport. Tenn. 8574 8-16-0 240 8814 750
22Steve Tripp. Weathersfield, Conn. 8481 9-14-1 285 8766 700
23Mike Christie, Watervliet, N.Y. 8333 11-12-1 345 8678 650
24Rich Bower, Ford City, Pa. 8314 7-17-0 210 8524 600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Jim Godman, Miami, Fla.$510
*26Elledge, Sacramento, Calif.570
27Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio480
28Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.470
29Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho460
30Pete McCordic, Houston, Texas455
31Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.450
32John Simonelli, Rochester, N.Y.445
33Mike Fiedler, Lockport, N.Y.440
34Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.435
35Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.430
36Vince Pantuso, Troy Hills, N.J.425
37Bobby Holmes, Washington, D.C.417.50
 Phil Norton, Erie, Pa.417.50
39Chuck Pierce, Dallas, Texas410
40Mike Marks, Grand Rapids, Mich.405
41Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.400
42Wayne Graham, Miami, Fla.395
43Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.390
44Roy Buckley, Columbus. Ohio382.50
 Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J.382.50
46Dave Bash, Parkersburg, W. Va.375
47Bob Moore, Waynesburg, Pa.365
48Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.365
49Frankie May, West Reading, Pa.357.50
 Emmett Shutes, State College. Pa.357.50
51Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y.350
52Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio345
53Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas340
54Don Bell, Santa Maria, Calif.332.50
 Tim Hale, Middleton, Ohio332.50
56Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio325
@57Chuck Tingley, Tonawanda, N.Y.320
58Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.315
59Mike Matosich, San Bruno, Calif.310
60Wendell Davis, Johnson City, Tenn.305
61Larry O'Neill, Alexandria, Va.300
@62Phil Dewey, Buffalo, N.Y.300
@63Joe Jack, Buffalo, N.Y.300
@64Eric Manudrell, Buffalo, N.Y.300

*Alternate (Includes $75). @Local entry (non-PBA Member). 18-game qualifying leader -Oswalt, 3932. 24th place-Glenn, 3722. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each)-Timmy Certain, Ed DiTolla, George Pappas, Joe Berardi, Ernie Schlegel. $25--George Manuel, Fred Conner.