Showboat Invitational



$125,000 SHOWBOAT INVITATIONAL
Showboat Lanes, Las Vegas, Jan 15-21, 1978

Coleman Rips Rags

Bill Coleman, a sturdy 36-year-old pro from Campbell, Calif., tossed haymakers at two opponents to win first place in the $125,000 Showboat Invitational, the longest-running event on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.

Coleman won the $21,000 first prize after defeating 10-time champion Johnny Petraglia by a convincing 237-191 in the championship game after knocking off Pete McCordic, 258-232, in the semifinal match.

Four non-champions met in the nationally televised finals. Frank Huspen and Warren Nelson joined Coleman and McCordic in search of their first PBA titles, but it was Coleman who earned the invitation to the $150,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions with his victory.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bill Coleman, Campbell, Calif.495 (2 games)$27,000
2Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.191 (1 game)11,000
3Pete McCordic, Houston468 (2 games)7,500
4Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.476 (2 games)6,000
5Frank Huspen, River Grove, Ill.236 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Nelson defeated Huspen, 254-236; McCordic defeated Nelson, 236-222; Coleman defeated McCordic, 258-232, and in the championship game Coleman defeated Petraglia, 237-191.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island 12952 231.2 14-10-0 420 13372 
2Bill Coleman, Campbell, Calif. 12845 229.3 15-9-0 450 13295 
3Pete McCordic, Houston 12825 229.0 14-10-0 420 13245 
4Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 12819 228.9 13-11-0 390 13209 
5Frank Huspen, River Grove, Ill. 12713 227.0 15-9-0 450 13163 
6Dave Jones, Charleston, S.C. 12641 225.7 16-8-0 480 13121 $4,050
7Rob Monaco, Kansas City 12615 225.2 16-8-0 480 13095 3,600
8Bud Horn, Los Angeles 12694 226.6 13-11-0 390 13084 3,300
9Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 12683 226.4 12-11-1 375 13058 3,000
10Dennis Campbell, Alsip, Ill. 12495 223.1 15-8-1 465 12960 2,800
11Dan Roche, Downey, Calif. 12615 225.2 11-13-0 330 12945 2,600
12Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 12617 225.3 10-13-1 315 12932 2,500
13Tommy Hudson, Akron 12518 223.5 13-10-1 405 12923 2,400
14Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 12516 223.5 11-12-1 345 12861 2,300
15Gregg Lewis, Burbank, Calif. 12448 222.2 13-11-0 390 12838 2,200
16Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va. 12539 223.3 9-15-0 270 12809 2,100
17Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 12505 223.3 10-14-0 300 12805 2,000
18Art Trask, Clovis, Calif. 12432 222.0 11-13-0 330 12762 1,900
19Bo Bowden, Dallas 12458 222.4 10-14-0 300 12758 1,800
20Joseph Groskind, Memphis 12410 221.6 10-13-1 315 12725 1,700
21Earl Anthony, Tacoma 12470 222.6 8-16-0 240 12710 1,600
22Ernie Schlegel, USA 12427 221.9 8-16-0 240 12667 1,500
23Paul Moser, Medford, Mass. 12281 219.3 9-15-0 270 12551 1,400
24Roger Tramp, Phillipsburg, Kan. 12279 219.2 9-15-0 270 12549 1,300

32-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Dick Weber, St. Louis$1,100
*26Louie Moore, Indianapolis1,140
27Boysie Huber, St. Louis1,040
28Joe McQuillan, W. Los Angeles1,025
 Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.1,025
30Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.1,010
31Palmer Fallgren, Las Vegas1,000
32Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.990
33Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.980
34John Pirtle Jr., Honolulu970
35Tim Harahan, Hawthorne, Calif.960
36John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.950
37Gary Patterson, St. Louis940
38Eddie Ressler, Allentown, Pa.930
39Neil Burton, St. Louis920
40Norm Meyers, St. Louis905
 Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.905
42Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa890
43Tom Hinz, Joliet, Ill.880
44Roy Buckley, Columbus870
45Walt Block, Los Angeles860
46Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma850
47Fred Jaskie, Milwaukee840
48Tom Kohler, Tucson830

*Alternate (Includes $75). 32-game qualifying leader - Petraglia, 7433. 24th Place - Huspen, 7099. #Durbin, Hudson, Bowden, Jaskie, Mage, Monaco, Flora, Patterson, Coleman, Keck, McCordic and Petraglia received $100 each for 300 games.