Salt Lake Open



$80,000 SALT LAKE OPEN
Bonwood Bowl, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jul 7-10, 1978

Chester Salts One Away

Wayne Chester, who toiled in anonymity for two years as a part-time player on the Professional Bowlers Association tour, joined elite company by winning the $60,000 Salt Lake Open.

Chester, a 25-year-old left-hander from San Mateo, Calif., never led until the final frame of the final game when then-leader John Handegard, Eugene, Ore., saw his hopes for victory fade in a series of open frames during the position round match, a 216-152 Chester victory.

Handegard, who took a 222-pin lead into the final eight games, needed only to stay within 55 pins of Chester to earn his first PBA title, but it wasn't to be.

Open frames in the second, seventh and eighth and a split in the ninth were fatal to Handegard, even though Chester's ninth-frame open left the door open to a desperate Handegard. A double would have won the title for him, but the Oregonian was able only to spare. He won $3,500.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Wayne Chester, San Mateo, Cal. 8943 212.9 15-9-0 450 9393 $6,000
2John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 8993 214.1 12-11-0 390 9383 3,500
3Pete McCordic, Houston 8949 213.0 13-11-0 390 9339 3,000
4Carmen Salvino, Chicago 8848 210.6 14-9-1 435 9283 2,500
5Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 8782 209.0 13-9-2 420 9202 2,000
6Rick Minier, Portland, Ore. 8713 207.4 14-8-2 450 9163 1,800
7Tommy Hudson, Akron 8761 208.5 13-11-0 390 9151 1,650
8Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8678 206.6 13-11-0 390 9068 1,500
9Randy Neal, EI Segundo, Calif. 8717 207.5 11-12-1 345 9062 1,400
10Rick Smyth, Anchorage, Alaska 8701 207.1 11-11-2 360 9061 1,350
11Steve Jones, Kerrville, Texas 8650 205.9 13-10-1 405 9055 1,300
12Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 8573 204.1 13-11-0 390 8963 1,250
13Bill Coleman, Campbell, Calif. 8555 203.6 12-11-1 375 8930 1,200
14Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 8572 204.0 11-13-0 330 8902 1,150
15Larry Laub, San Francisco 8582 204.3 10-14-0 300 8882 1,100
16Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va. 8493 202.2 12-12-0 360 8853 1,050
17Al Stonum, San Francisco 8517 202.7 10-14-0 300 8817 1,000
18Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 8476 201.8 11-13-0 330 8806 950
19Roy Garcea, New York City 8390 199.7 13-11-0 390 8780 900
20Dale Glenn, Northridge, Calif. 8417 200.4 11-13-0 330 8747 850
21Bobby Nelson, Orange, Ohio 8422 200.5 10-14-0 300 8722 800
22Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis. 8403 200.0 8-14-2 270 8673 750
23Paul Moser, Medford, Mass. 8410 200.2 8-16-0 240 8650 700
24Sam Fox, San Francisco 8353 198.8 10-14-0 300 8467 650

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Don Bell, Santa Maria, Calif$605
26Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif535
27Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.520
28Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.510
29Pete Couture, Windsor Lakes, Conn.500
30Doug Stager, Denver, Colo.490
*31K. Craycraft, N. Martinsville, W.Va.530
32Boysie Huber, St. Louis470
33Tim Cornelio, Windsor, Conn.455
 Roger Tramp, Kansas City, Kan.455
35Richard Stark, Glenwood Springs440
36Ed Ressler Jr., Allentown, Pa.430
37Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.420
38Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio410
39Marty Luginbuhl, Beaumont, Texas400
40Dave Frame, Baldwin Pk., Calif.390
41Mike Keefe, West Nyack, N.Y.380
42Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.370
43Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis360
44John Elledge, Salt Lake City350
45Dick Armstrong, Park City, Ill.340
46Larry O'Neill, Alexandria, Va.330
47Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.320
48Jeff Morin, Cleveland310

Fox entered match play for Don Bell after 26 games. He and Bell split money for 24th and 25th place. Fox received an additional $25 for serving as alternate for one round. He was penalized 186 pins, the difference between his and Bell's qualifying totals, plus all of Bell's bonus pins. Keith Craycraft became the new alternate.
* - Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - McCordic, 3,999. 24th place - Nelson, 3681. PRO-AM CASHERS -Carmen Salvino, Pete Couture, Nelson Burton Jr., Dave Frame, Steve Sipe, Wendell Davis.