Houston Open



$80,000 HOUSTON OPEN
Stadium Bowl, Houston, Texas, Jul 27-31, 1978

Neff Snaps Slump

Steve Neff ended a victory drought that lasted nearly 18 months when he defeated tournament leader Dan Roche for the championship of the Houston Open, at Stadium Bowl.

Neff, Sarasota, Fla., beat Roche, Downey, Calif., 222-181, and thwarted Roche's bid for PBA title No. 1. Neff's last title had been in the 1977 Rolaids Open in St. Louis.

"I just had to do something before the Summer Tour started;' Neff said of his poor showing during the 1978 Winter Tour. "1 went home, got some new bowling balls, changed weights and worked out physically. It finally has paid off."

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 9363 222.9 16-8-0 480 9843 $6,000
2Dan Roche, Downey, Calif. 9276 220.8 18-6-0 540 9816 3,500
3Pete McCordic, Houston, Texas 9201 219.7 17-7-0 510 9711 3,000
4Joseph Groskind, Memphis, Tenn. 9234 219.8 12-12-0 360 9594 2,500
5Bill Coleman, San Jose, Calif. 9046 215.3 15-8-1 465 9511 2,000
6Boysie Huber, St. Louis, Mo. 9145 217.7 11-11-2 360 9505 1,800
7Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9054 215.5 15-9-0 450 9504 1,650
8Butch Soper, Santa Ana, Calif. 9111 216.9 11-12-1 345 9456 1,500
9Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 9076 216.0 12-12-0 360 9436 1,450
10Ken Fernandez, Rogue River, Ore. 8980 213.8 14-10-0 420 9400 1,400
11Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 8915 212.2 14-8-2 450 9365 1,350
12Mike Matosich, San Bruno, Calif. 9123 217.2 7-16-1 225 9348 1,300
13Neil Burton, St. Louis, Mo. 8918 212.3 14-10-0 420 9338 1,250
14Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 8944 212.9 13-11-0 390 9334 1,200
15Carmen Salvino, Chicago, 8857 210.8 13-10-1 405 9262 1,150
16Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 8868 211.1 13-11-0 390 9258 1,100
17John Denton, Midland, Texas 8865 211.0 10-14-0 300 9165 1,050
18Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 8748 208.2 10-14-0 300 9048 1,000
@19Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas 8743 208.1 9-13-2 300 9043 950
20Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 8821 210.0 6-17-1 195 9016 900
21Mark Grant, Houston, Texas 8573 204.1 10-14-0 300 8873 850
22Dave Davis, Hackensack, N.J. 8551 203.5 9-15-0 270 8821 800
23Paul Moser, Medford, Mass. 8568 204.0 7-16-1 225 8793 750
24Mike Cox, Angleton, Texas 8518 202.8 6-18-0 180 8698 700

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#*25Dave Beckmann, Mercer Island, Wash.$657.50
 Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas582.50
27Charlie Venable, Brooklyn, N.Y.560
28John Handegard, Eugene, Ore.550
29Randy Neal, EI Segundo, Calif.540
30Wayne Graham, Miami, Fla.530
31Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.520
32Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.510
33Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.500
34Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio490
35George LeCain, Danvers, Ma.480
36Pete Couture, Windsor Lakes, Conn.470
37Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio460
38Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash.445
 Mike Laughlin, Erie, Pa.445
@40David Rountree, Houston, Tex.430
41Bo Bowden, Dallas, Tex.420
42Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.410
43Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif.400
44Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.390
45Larry Thompson, Houston, Texas380
46Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.370
47Joe Signorelli, Crowley, La.360
48Wendell Davis, Johnson City Tenn.350

*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Matosich, 4,111. 24th place - Salvino, 3,756. @Joe Vito, Dave Beckmann and Dan Strey had 300 games. PRO-AM CHASERS - John Edelberg, Fred Jaskie, Randy Lightfoot, Paul Vorisek, John Denton, Bobby Nelson, Pete Brennan, Gil Sliker, Paul Moser, Jeff Mattingly, Bo Bowden, Sam Flanagan, AI Stonum, Jack Lee, Mike Durbin, Jay Robinson, Pete McCordic, Rich Haertl, Steve Neff, Dennis Swayda, Tommy Hudson (twice) and Tom Laskow (twice).