New England Open



$60,000 NEW ENGLAND OPEN
Lang's Bowlarama, Cranston, R.I., Aug 26-29, 1977

Spigner Enters Winner's Circle

Spurred on by a partisan crowd, Bill Spigner steamed to victory in the $60,000 New England Open to win his first title.

The bespectacled Spigner averaged almost 240 in each of his 16 match play games on the final day of competition to register an impressive 361-pin victory over Mark Roth.

Spigner, who began the day in fifth place, nearly 200 pins behind then leader Steve Neff, dropped only two contests in the concluding sessions.

In winning first place money of $6,000, Spigner became the third consecutive first-time champion on the tour. Tom Wright won the Buffalo Open two weeks earlier and Steve Westberg the Great Adventure Open one week earlier.

Neff tumbled to fourth while Dennis Lane was third.

Ed Jablonski rolled the tourney's only 300 game.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 9715 20-4-0 600 10315 $6,000
2Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 9579 12-11-1 375 9954 3,500
3Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9464 15-9-0 450 9914 3,000
4Steve Neff, Sarasota 9486 11-13-0 330 9816 2,500
5Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9417 11-13-0 330 9747 2,000
6Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 9397 11-12-1 345 9742 1,800
7Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga, Calif. 9314 13-10-1 405 9719 1,600
8Eddie Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 9262 14-9-1 435 9697 1,450
9Paul Colwell, Tucson 9310 12-12-0 360 9670 1,350
10John Petraglia, Staten Island 9258 13-10-1 405 9663 1,300
11Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9360 10-14-0 300 9660 1,250
12Pete Couture, Windsor, Conn. 9293 11-12-1 345 9638 1,200
13Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 9245 12-11-1 375 9620 1,150
14Dale Glenn, Glendale, Calif. 9191 13-10-1 405 9596 1,100
15Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9181 13-11-0 390 9571 1,050
16Larry Laub, San Francisco 9131 13-10-1 405 9536 1,000
17Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio 9179 11-13-0 330 9509 950
18Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 9148 12-12-0 360 9508 900
19Wayne Graham, Miami 9195 10-14-0 300 9495 850
20Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9133 11-13-0 330 9463 800
21Wendell Davis, Johnson City, Tenn. 9149 10-14-0 300 9449 750
22Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 9091 8-15-1 255 9346 700
23Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 9026 10-14-0 300 9326 650
24Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J. 9104 7-17-0 210 9314 600

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.$580
26Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio485
 John Denton, Midland, Tex.485
28Tim Harahan, Hawthorne, Calif.470
29George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.460
30Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.450
31Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.440
32Rick Smyth, Anchorage, Alaska430
33Barry Warshafsky, Chelmsford, Mass.420
34Todd Strebel, Monroe, N.Y.410
35Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.395
 Rick Minier, Akron, Ohio395
37Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.380
38Matt Surina, Longview, Wash.375
39Scott Kelly, Redlands, Calif.370
40Dave Soutar, Kansas City365
41Dave Davis, Atlanta360
42Tom Kress, Rochester, N.Y.355
43Jim Frazier, Spokane, Wash.350
44Toe Berardi, New York, N.Y.342.50
 Pete McCordic, Houston342.50
46Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.335
47Rich Iula, Bronx, N.Y.330
48John Voso, Euclid, Ohio325
49Frankie May, West Reading, Pa.320
50Tom Baker, Buffalo315
51Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa.310
52John Weltzien, Huntley. Ill.305
@53George Le Cain, Peabody, Mass.300

*Alternate (Includes $75). @Local entry. #Ed Jablonski received $100 for 300 game. 18-game qualifying leader-Roth, 4232. 24th place Glenn, 3976. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each)-Jimmy Certain, Dave Soutar, John Elledge, Bill Straub, Dave Frame, Tom Laskow, George Pappas, John Voso, John Petraglia, Emmett Shutes, Jeff Magas, John Denton, Paul Colwell, Joe Hutchinson, Dennis Lane, Steve Neff.