BPAA U.S. Open



$125,000 BPAA U.S. OPEN
Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn., Apr 1-7, 1979

Berardi Breaks Through

Joe Berardi upset top-seeded Earl Anthony, 232-195, to claim his fast PBA title and the $21,000 first prize in the BPAA U.S. Open at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn.

Berardi, 24, trailed Anthony most of the week, as Anthony, trying for his second straight victory, routed the field by 578 pins after 56 games going into the finals.

Qualifying second, Berardi first took on hometown favorite Pete Couture, who by losing, 213-199, found himself knocked out of the Firestone Tournament of Champions one game later when Berardi, starting with a spare and six strikes, registered the victory over Anthony.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.445 (2 games)$21,000
2Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash.195 (1 game)11,000
3Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.674 (3 games)7,500
4Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.200 (1 game)6,000
5Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.188 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Couture defeated Zahn, 231-188; Couture defeated Westberg, 244-200; Berardi defeated Couture, 213-199, and in the championship game, Berardi defeated Anthony, 232-195.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash. 12736 227.4 19-5-0 570 13306 
#2Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 12323 220.0 13-10-1 405 12728 
3Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 12256 218.8 14-10-0 420 12676 
4Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 12315 219.9 12-12-0 360 12675 
5Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 12239 218.5 13-11-0 390 12629 
**6Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 12173 217.3 12-12-0 360 12533 $4,000
7Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind. 12152 217.0 12-11-1 375 12527 3,500
8Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 12075 215.6 14-10-0 420 12495 3,000
9Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 12052 215.2 14-10-0 420 12472 2,800
+10Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 12044 215.0 13-11-0 390 12434 1,790
11Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis. 12058 215.3 10-13-1 315 12373 2,300
 Dan Roche, Downey, Calif. 12058 215.3 10-13-1 315 12373 2,300
13Dave Davis, Hackensack, N.J. 11996 214.2 12-12-0 360 12356 2,100
14Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 12010 214.4 11-12-1 345 12355 2,000
15Dave Jones, Charleston, S.C. 12008 214.4 11-12-1 345 12353 1,900
16Jeff Morin, Cleveland 11986 214.0 12-12-0 360 12346 1,800
17Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash. 11951 213.4 12-12-0 360 12311 1,700
18Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 11889 212.3 11-13-0 330 12219 1,600
@19Ken Dubar, Wallingford, Conn. 11975 213.8 8-16-0 240 12215 1,500
20Dave Heller, New Rochelle, N.Y. 11862 211.8 11-13-0 330 12192 1,400
21Date Glenn, Northridge, Calif. 11870 211.9 10-14-0 300 12170 1,300
22Neil Burton, St. Louis 11808 210.8 11-13-0 330 12138 1,250
@23Mike Rahe, Albuquerque, N.M. 11790 210.5 10-14-0 300 12090 1,200
24John Voso, Jr., Cleveland 11754 209.8 10-14-0 300 12054 1,150

32-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Mark Roth, N. Arlington, N.J.$1,790
*26Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.1,005
27Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass.900
28George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.870
@29Glenn Pierce, Jacksonville, Fla.840
30Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.820
@31Les Schissler, Denver800
32David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas780
33Pete McCordic, Houston760
34Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif.740
35Gary Cunningham, Baldwinsville, N.Y.720
36Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.700
37Guppy Troup, Columbia, S.C.680
@38Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa.660
@39Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio640
40Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.620
41Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio600
42Don Johnson, Las Vegas580
43Lou Capasso, Brooklyn, N.Y.560
44Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.540
45Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.510
 Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.510
47Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.475
 John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.475
49Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore.460
50Keith Craycraft, New Martinsville, W. Va.450
51Dave Kappel, Chicago440
52Mal Acosta, Fremont, Calif.430
53Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio420
@54Bob Era, Pottstown, Pa.410
55Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif.400
56Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.390
57Art Trask, Miami375
@58Kermit Kerbough, Gresham, Ore.375
@59Tom Hart, Morgantown, W. Va.360
60Bob Handley, Fairway, Kansas350

*Alternates. **- TV Alternate. @BPAA League Entry. #Berardi and Anthony rolled 300 games. +Semiz replaced Roth who qualified eighth for match play when Roth withdrew because of bad thumb. Semiz and Roth split 10th and 25th place money, and Fred Conner became alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Anthony, 7,234. 24th place - Neil Burton, 6,834. PRO-AM CASHERS - Wayne Webb, Les Zikes, Joseph Groskind, Louie Moore, Gary Dickinson, Bill Coleman, David Ozio and Mal Acosta.