Houston Open - Archived Standings
$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."
*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).