Firestone "721" Classic



$100,000 FIRESTONE "721" CLASSIC
Western Sunset Bowl, Miami, Fla., Feb 27-Mar 1, 1979

"Sphinx" Breaks Jinx

Roy Buckley broke an eight-week winless drought for the top-seeded players when he nailed down his first PBA title in two years by topping Craig Mueller, 233-215, in the finals of the Firestone "721" Classic in Miami.

Buckley claimed the top-seeded position by 352 pins and watched as Ron Lisher began the finals with a 260-214 victory over Butch Soper before being ousted by Dick Weber. Weber, going for his 27th PBA win, was then taken out of the picture by Craig Mueller, 214-199, going to his initial title.

Mueller came up short, 233-215, in the final game, as the supposedly unemotional Buckley, nicknamed "the Sphinx" on the PBA Tour, ran out the game clinching 10th frame strike into the settee area, becoming the first topseeded player to win in 1979.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio233 (1 game)$15,000
2Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.429 (2 games)8,000
2Dick Weber, St. Louis435 (2 games)6,000
4Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif.458 (2 games)5,000
5Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif.214 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Lisher defeated Soper, 260-214; Weber defeated Lisher, 236-198; Mueller defeated Weber, 214-199, and in the championship game, Buckley defeated Mueller, 233-215.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 9829 234.0 20-4-0 600 10429 
2Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 9627 229.2 15-9-0 450 10077 
3Dick Weber, St. Louis 9594 228.4 15-8-1 465 10059 
4Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif. 9701 230.9 11-13-0 330 10031 
&5Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif. 9491 225.9 15-8-1 465 9956 
*6Bill Walden, Troy, Mo. 9491 225.9 15-8-1 465 9956 $3,250
7Louie Moore, Indianapolis 9444 224.8 15-9-0 450 9894 2,800
8Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 9437 224.6 13-10-1 405 9842 2,700
#9Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9472 225.5 11-13-0 330 9802 2,600
10Norm Meyers, St. Louis 9346 222.7 14-10-0 420 9776 2,500
11George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9408 224.0 11-13-1 345 9753 2,400
12Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 9280 220.9 15-9-0 450 9730 2,300
13Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 9365 222.9 11-13-0 330 9695 2,200
14Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif. 9330 223.5 10-14-0 300 9690 2,100
15Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth 9290 221.1 11-12-1 345 9635 2,000
#16Guppy Troup, Columbia, S.C. 9323 221.9 10-14-0 300 9623 1,900
17Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 9211 219.2 13-11-0 390 9601 1,800
18Mal Acosta, Fremont, Calif. 9142 217.6 13-11-0 390 9532 1,700
19Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio 9173 219.2 10-13-1 350 9523 1,600
20Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 9163 218.1 11-13-0 330 9493 1,500
21Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo. 9101 216.6 7-17-0 210 9311 1,400
22Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash. 8972 213.6 8-16-0 240 9212 1,300
23Lamar Bramblett, Marietta, Ga. 8973 213.6 7-16-1 225 9198 1,200
24Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla. 8834 210.0 3-21-0 90 8924 1,100

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Dave Davis, Hackensack, N.J.$990
**26Mark Roth, N. Arlington, N.J.1,055
27Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.970
28Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Cal.960
29Mike Orlovsky, Johnson City, N.Y.950
30Neil Button, St. Louis935
 Roger Tramp, Phillipsburg, Kan.935
32Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.920
33Tom Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla.910
34Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.900
35Art Trask, Miami, Fla.890
36Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.880
37Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo.870
38Jay Tartaglia, Port Chester, N.Y.860
39Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa850
40Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif.840
41Kenny Hall, Albany, N.Y.830
42Rich Carrubba, Las Vegas, Nev.820

*- TV Alternate. ** - Match Play Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Lisher 4,267. 24th Place Petraglia, 4,009. # Guppy Troup and Marshall Holman rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Jim Godman, Neil Burton, Jay Tartaglia, Jim Maxey, David Ozio, Sam Flanagan, Pete McCordic, Roy Buckley, Alvin Lou, Joe Nuzzo, Jeff Mattingly, Joe Hutchinson, Tom Laskow, Jim Stefanich, Steve Cook and Paul Colwell. & Soper won one-game rolloff with Walden for fifth spot in televised finals.