Ford Open



$90,000 FORD OPEN
Mal's Southshore Bowl, Alameda, Calif., Jan 10-14, 1978

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Marshall Holman avenged his defeat in this tournament in 1977 when he won the $12,000 first prize in the 1978 Ford Open.

In 1977, Holman advanced to the championship game from the No. 5 position only to lose the title to young Steve Jones.

The 1978 edition of the Ford Open was highlighted by Holman's clutch performance in the 10th frame when he tossed a strike that allowed him to defeat Jimmy Certain, 221-218, for the title, his sixth on the PBA Tour.

Certain, seeded third, defeated Craig Mueller, 231-214, and George Pappas, 195-192, to move into the title game against Holman.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.221 (1 game)$12,000
2Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.644 (3 games)7,000
3George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.192 (1 game)5,000
4Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.427 (2 games)4,000
5Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis.204 (1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Mueller defeated Ritger, 213-204; Certain defeated Mueller, 231-214; Certain defeated Pappas, 195-192; Holman defeated Certain, 221-218.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9708 231.1 11-13-0 330 10038 
#2George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9522 226.7 15-8-1 465 9987 
3Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9506 226.3 12-11-1 375 9881 
4Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 9332 222.1 15-9-0 450 9782 
5Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis. 9369 223.0 12-11-1 375 9744 
6Don Johnson, Las Vegas 9273 220.7 15-9-0 450 9723 $3,050
7Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9292 220.7 13-11-0 390 9682 2,800
8Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 9298 220.9 12-12-0 360 9658 2,600
9Art Trask, Fresno 9303 221.5 11-12-1 345 9648 2,400
10Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 9293 221.6 11-13-0 330 9623 2,300
11Steve Jones, Independence, Mo. 9161 218.1 14-10-0 420 9581 2,200
12Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9123 217.2 15-9-0 450 9573 2,100
13Pete McCordic, Houston 9105 216.7 14-9-1 435 9540 2,000
14Charles Venable, Brooklyn 9178 218.5 12-12-0 360 9538 1,900
15Palmer Fallgren, Las Vegas 9201 219.0 11-13-0 330 9531 1,800
16John Denton, Midland, Texas 9126 217.2 13-11-0 390 9516 1,700
17Earl Anthony, Tacoma 9184 218.6 11-13-0 330 9514 1,600
18Ernie Schlegel, USA 9221 219.5 9-15-0 270 9491 1,500
19Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis. 8991 204.0 14-10-0 420 9411 1,400
20Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 9089 216.0 9-14-1 285 9374 1,300
21Larry Laub, San Francisco 8993 214.1 10-14-0 300 9293 1,200
#22Pete Couture, Windsor, Conn. 8936 213.7 10-14-0 300 9236 1,150
23Ed Ressler, Jr., Allentown, Pa. 8968 213.5 6-18-0 180 9148 1,100
24Jerry Buchholz, Cucamonga, Cal. 8771 208.8 10-14-0 300 9071 1,050

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio$975
26Carmen Salvino, Chicago880
27Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio858
 Rich Venturi, Daly City, Calif.858
29Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.840
30Matt Surina, Longview, Wash.830
31Dennis Campbell, Alsip, Ill.820
32Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.810
33Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga, Cal.790
34Mike Matosich, San Bruno, Cal.790
35Dennis Swayda, Phoenix780
36Ken Fernandez, Rogue River, Ore.770
37Tom Wright, Millbrae, Calif.760
38Mike Alfieri, La Crosse, Wis.750
39Keith Craycraft, N. Martinsville740
40Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.730
41Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore.720
42Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.710
43Dave Soutar, Kansas City700
44Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.690
45Phil Ruth, San Jose680
46Tommy Hudson, Akron665
 Norm Meyers, St. Louis665
48Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif.650

*Alternate (Includes $75). 18-game qualifying leader - Holman, 4246. 24th Place - Denton, 2937. #Couture and Pappas received $100 each for 300 games.