Lite Classic



$100,000 LITE CLASSIC
Gable House, Torrance, Calif., Jan 4-7, 1978

Mark One For Roth

Mark Roth picked up right where the 1977 season left off when he took first place in the 1978 Winter Tour opener, the $100,000 Lite Classic.

Seeded second, Roth defeated Joe Nuzzo, 236-181, to earn a spot in the championship game against top-seeded Lee Taylor. Roth, who was bowling with a painfully infected right ring finger, won the match, 212-192, for his ninth PBA championship.

The fourth-seeded Nuzzo began by edging Gary Dickinson, 224-223, and then ousted local favorite Larry Gray of Torrance, 247-245, to move into the semifinal game against No. 2 seeded Roth.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.448 (2 games)$15,000
2Lee Taylor, San Diego,192 (1 game)8,000
3Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio652 (3 games)6,000
4Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif.245 (1 game)5,000
5Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth223 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Nuzzo defeated Dickinson, 224-223; Nuzzo defeated Gray, 247-245; Roth defeatedNuzzo, 236-181, and in the championship game Roth defeated Taylor, 212-192.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Lee Taylor, San Diego 9432 224.5 13-11-0 390 9800 
2Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 9318 221.8 16-7-1 495 9813 
3Larry Gray, Torrance, Cal. 9277 220.8 17-7-0 510 9787 
4Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio 9257 220.4 13-11-0 390 9647 
5Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth 9238 219.9 13-11-0 390 9628 
6Rick Minier, Portland 9202 219.0 14-10-0 420 9622 $3,250
7Joe Groskind, Memphis 9117 217.0 16-8-0 480 9597 2,800
8Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga, Calif. 9168 218.2 14-10-0 420 9588 2,700
9Keith Craycraft, N. Martinsville 9165 218.2 13-11-0 390 9555 2,600
10Paul Colwell, Tucson 9159 218.0 12-12-0 360 9519 2,500
11Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 9033 215.0 15-9-0 450 9483 2,400
12Carmen Salvino, Chicago 9052 215.5 11-13-0 330 9382 2,300
13Dennis Swayda, Phoenix 9101 216.6 9-15-0 270 9371 2,200
@14Steve Cooper, La Mirada, Cal. 8983 213.8 12-11-1 375 9358 2,100
15Don Johnson, Las Vegas 9050 215.4 9-14-1 285 9335 2,000
16Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 8989 214.0 11-13-0 330 9319 1,900
17Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wisc. 8975 214.1 11-13-0 330 9305 1,800
@18Gip Lentine, Los Angeles 8994 212.7 9-15-0 270 9264 1,700
19Greg Baderdeen, Ontario, Cal. 8937 212.7 10-13-1 315 9252 1,600
20Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 8859 210.9 12-11-1 375 9234 1,500
21Paul Moser, Medford, Mass. 8856 210.8 12-12-0 360 9216 1,400
22Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Spgs. 8864 211.0 9-14-1 285 9149 1,300
23Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 8844 210.5 8-16-0 240 9084 1,200
24Mike Alfieri, LaCrosse, Wisc. 8666 206.3 6-18-0 180 8846 1,100

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Ernie Schlegel, USA$1,040
26Earl Anthony, Tacoma940
27Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.900
28Steve Neff, Sarasota880
29Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.860
30Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.840
31Dale Glenn, Glendale, Calif.820
32Ken Fernandez, Rogue River, Ore.800
33Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.780
34Bill Shumway, Aurora, Colo.760
35Todd Strebel, Monroe, N.Y.740
36Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.720
37Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.710
38Tim Harahan, Hawthorne, Calif.700
39Norm Meyers, St. Louis690
40Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis675
 Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.675
42Ed Bourdase, San Jose, Calif.655
 Charlie Venable, Brooklyn655
44Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.640
45Butch Soper, Los Angeles630
46Boysie Huber, St. Louis615
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.615
48Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa600

*Alternate (Includes $50). 18-game qualifying leader - Taylor, 4160. 24th Place - Alfieri, 3899. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) - Ernie Schlegel, Dave Frame, Ken Fernandez, Pete Couture, Jeff Mattingly and Don Bell. @-Non-PBA member.