Fair Lanes Open



$75,000 FAIR LANES OPEN
Fair Lanes Towson, Towson, Md., Apr 11-15, 1978

Soper Breaks Through

Butch Soper waited until the last possible moment to qualify for the 1978 Firestone Tournament of Champions when he won the $75,000 Fair Lanes Open, the final open tournament on the Winter Tour.

Soper, who rejoined the PBA Tour in 1978 after dropping off for nearly a year, defeated George Pappas, 199-184, for his first championship in a seven-year career.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Butch Soper, Santa Ana, Calif.199 (1 game)$9,000
2George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.412 (2 games)5,000
3Dave Soutar, Kansas City733 (3 games)4,000
4Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.210 (1 game)3,500
5Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J.201 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Soutar defeated DiTolla, 247-201; Soutar defeated Sliker, 259-210; Pappas defeated Soutar, 228-227; in the championship game Soper defeated Pappas, 199-184.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Butch Soper, Santa Ana, Calif. 8800 209.5 14-9-1 435 9235 
2George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8650 205.9 16-8-0 480 9130 
3Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 8614 205.1 16-8-0 480 9094 
4Dave Soutar, Kansas City 8634 205.5 15-9-0 450 9084 
5Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J. 8620 205.2 15-9-0 450 9070 
@6Jim Robinette, Alexandria, Va. 8694 207.6 11-13-0 330 9024 $2,600
7Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 8547 203.5 14-10-0 420 8967 2,450
8Louie Moore, Indianapolis, Ind. 8587 204.4 12-11-1 375 8962 2,200
9Don Bell, Santa Maria, Calif. 8449 201.1 15-9-0 450 8899 2,000
10Paul Moser, Medford, Mass. 8506 202.5 12-12-0 360 8866 1,900
11Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A. 8396 199.9 15-9-0 450 8846 1,800
12Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 8499 202.3 11-13-0 330 8829 1,700
13Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 8496 202.2 11-13-0 330 8826 1,600
14Steve Westberg, Cot. Grove, Ore. 8449 201.1 10-13-1 315 8764 1,500
15Steve Jones, Independence, Mo. 8432 200.7 11-13-0 330 8762 1,400
16Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 8324 198.1 14-9-1 435 8759 1,350
17Jack Lee, Enid, Okla. 8353 198.8 13-11-0 390 8743 1,300
18Jerry Smyth, Anchorage, Alaska 8377 199.4 10-14-0 300 8677 1,250
19Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Pk. 8289 197.3 12-12-0 360 8649 1,200
20Phil Jones, Owings Mills, Md. 8254 196.5 9-15-0 270 8524 1,150
21Dick Armstrong, Pk. City, Ill. 8202 195.2 8-16-0 240 8442 1,100
@22Larry Brunson, Washington, D.C. 8140 193.8 9-14-1 285 8425 1,050
*23John Denton, Midland, Texas 8187 194.9 8-16-0 240 8369 930
24Tony Moscato, Havre de Grace, Md. 8122 193.3 3-18-3 135 8257 950

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25K. Craycraft, N. M'ville W.Va.$905
26Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.845
27Dave Kappel, Chicago790
28Frank Gallo Jr., Deer Park, N.Y.770
29Bob Shaffer, Cleveland750
*30Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.775
 Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.725
32Pete McCordic, Houston, Texas710
33Don Sylvia, Fishkill, N.Y.700
34Doe Munsell, Dallas, Texas690
35Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.680
36Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa670
37Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio660
38Don McCune, Munster, Ind.650
39Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.640
40George LeCain, Danvers, Mass.625
 Larry O'Neill, Alexandria, Va.625
42Glenn Pierce, Jacksonville, Fla.610
43Duane Troxler, New Orleans, La.600
44Roger Tramp, Phillipsburg, Ks.590
#45Brien Hayes, Norwalk, Conn.580
46Norm Meyers, St. Louis570
47Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif.560
48Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga, Calif.275
 Don Johnson, Las Vegas275

Denton replaced Craycraft in finals when Craycraft suffered a hand injury. Denton took a 58 pin penalty and they split 25th and 23rd place money, each winning $905. Denton also received $25 for alternate for one block, and Curt Schmidt became alternate and received additional $50.
*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - DiTolla, 3776. 24th Place - J. Smyth, 3599. PRO-AM CASHERS George Pappas, Lee Taylor, Craig Cutsor, Dennis Swayda, Steve Westberg, Phil Jones, Ed DiTolla, Louie Moore, Neil Brown, Paul Polito, Jack Lee, Roger Bowker, Ernie Schlegel, Lou Capasso, John Denton, Butch Soper, Emmett Shutes, Ralph Hartmann. #Brien Hayes and Ed Lee had 300 games. @Non-PBA Member.