Various Centers, Hawaii, Nov 25-Dec 4, 1977
Hawaiian To Hudson
Tommy Hudson captured his fourth PBA title of the season when he won the Hawaiian Invitational, traditionally the final stop on the PBA tour.
Second-seeded into the televised finals, Hudson rolled big games against defending champion Larry Laub and top-seeded Dale Glenn to walk off with the $2,000 top prize.
The field included nine of the PBA's leading money winners for the 1977 season, plus representatives from Hawaii, Japan and Australia.
Glenn led the 37-game match play test virtually from the start, then waited through three elimination matches as Laub first knocked out Bones Yamasaki of Honolulu, representing Japan, 221-205. Laub then ousted Marshall Holman, 257-194, but his 246 effort in the next game wasn't good enough as Hudson rolled to victory with a nearperfect 278 score.
In the title game against Glenn, Hudson rolled to a 254-234 victory.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Laub defeated Yamasaki, 221-205; Laub defeated Holman, 257-194; Hudson defeated Laub, 278-246, and in the championship game, Hudson defeated Glenn, 254-234. 37-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. @Represented Japan. PRO-AM CASHERS-Certain $100; Couture $75; Anthony, Laub $50; Hudson $25.
*Alternate. @Represented Japan. PRO-AM CASHERS-Certain $100; Couture $75; Anthony, Laub $50; Hudson $25.