Sarasota Open



$80,000 SARASOTA OPEN
Galaxy Lanes, Sarasota, Fla., Aug 3-8, 1978

A "Rookie" No Longer

Steve Martin, 1977 Sporting News PBA Rookie of the Year, ignored the ever-present sophomore jinx by winning the $60,000 Sarasota Open, held for the second year at beautiful Galaxy Lanes.

And the Kingsport, Tenn., pro did it despite winning just 10 and tying one of his 24 match games. Martin outclassed the field by averaging better than 220 per game while his closest pursuer, hometowner Steve Neff, averaged just 214.

The victory was Martin's first on the PBA Tour and was made even sweeter because it was accomplished as his wife Kim, his parents and in-laws watched.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 9263 220.5 10-13-1 315 9578 $6,000
2Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 9003 214.3 18-6-0 540 9543 3,500
3K. Fernandez, Rogue River, Ore. 9073 216.0 15-9-0 450 9523 3,000
4Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 9129 217.3 13-11-0 390 9519 2,500
5Rick Minier, Portland, Ore. 9138 217.5 12-12-0 360 9498 2,000
6Pete McCordic, Houston, Tex. 8974 213.6 15-9-0 450 9424 1,800
7Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 9090 216.4 11-13-0 330 9420 1,650
8Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9018 214.7 13-11-0 390 9408 1,500
9S. Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 9002 214.3 13-11-0 390 9392 1,400
10Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 8963 213.4 13-11-0 390 9353 1,350
11Joe Berardi, New York City 8929 212.5 14-10-0 420 9349 1,300
12Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash. 8975 213.6 11-13-0 330 9305 1,250
13Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8987 213.9 9-15-0 270 9257 1,200
14Bill Coleman, Campbell, Calif. 8877 211.3 12-12-0 360 9237 1,150
15P. Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8893 211.7 11-13-0 330 9223 1,100
16Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif. 8842 210.5 12-12-0 360 9202 1,050
17Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 8812 209.8 12-12-0 360 9172 1,000
18John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 8833 210.3 11-13-0 330 9163 950
19Charlie Venable, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8776 208.9 12-12-0 360 9136 900
20Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 8802 209.5 11-13-0 330 9132 850
21Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8750 208.3 9-14-1 285 9035 800
22Butch Soper, Santa Ana, Calif. 8754 208.4 7-15-2 240 8994 750
23Boysie Huber, St. Louis, Mo. 8642 205.7 11-13-0 330 8972 700
24John Denton, Midland, Texas 8633 205.5 11-13-0 330 8963 650

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.$622.50
 Bob Fenton, Cucamonga, Calif.547.50
27Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.520
28Dave Olm, Pompano Beach, Fla.510
29Larry Thompson, Houston500
30Bill Shumway, Aurora, Colo.490
31Matt Surina, Longview, Wash.480
32John Voso, Euclid, Ohio470
33Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex.460
34Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.450
35Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio440
36Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.430
37Jim Maxey, Atlanta, Ga.420
38Ed Langton, Seminole, Fla.410
39Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.400
40Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.385
 Skip Tucker, Tampa, Fla.385
42Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A.370
43Mark Roth, N. Arlington, N.J.360
44Ed Ressler Jr., Allentown, Pa.350
45Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio335
 Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa.335
47Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif.320
48Steve Cook. Roseville, Calif.155
 Jack Lee, Enid, Okla155

*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Jones, 4,031. 24th place - Fallgren, 3,847. PRO-AM CASHERS Larry Laub, Gil Sliker, Craig Mueller, Paul Colwell, Mark Roth, Mike Durbin.