Southern California Open



$70,000 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN
Gable House Bowl, Torrence, Calif., Jul 10-14, 1979

Heroic Henry

Henry Gonzalez waded through four opponents to win his second PBA title and a reentry into the FirestoneTournament of Champions in the $70,000 Southern California Open.

Gonzalez, a 28-year-old part-time pro from Colorado Springs, Colo., capped his performance with a 225-195 victory over leader Cliff McNealy. For the finals Gonzalez averaged 237 in outbowling Gip Lentine, Ed Ressler, Warren Nelson and finally McNealy.

Gonzalez, whose last victory came in the 1977 Quaker State Open was tied with McNealy, also going for his second title, 96-96, through five frames before throwing strikes on four of his last five balls to clinch the victory.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.950 (4 games)$8,000
2Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.195 (1 game)5,000
3Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.180 (1 game)4,000
4Ed Ressler, Bethlehem, Pa.193 (1 game)3,500
5Gip Lentine, Rowland Heights, Calif.202 (1-game!3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Gonzalez defeated Lentine, 250-202; Gonzalez defeated Ressler, 228-193; Gonzalezdefeated Nelson, 247-180; and in the championship game, Gonzalez defeated McNealy, 225-195.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif. 9769 232.5 17-7-0 510 10279 
2Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 9816 233.7 13-11-0 390 10206 
3Eddie Ressler, Jr., Bethlehem, Pa. 9647 229.6 14-10-0 420 10067 
4Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo. 9655 229.8 13-11-0 390 10045 
5Gip Lentine, Rowland Hts., Calif. 9590 228.3 14-10-0 420 10010 
**#6Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9600 228.5 12-12-0 360 9960 $2,550
7Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 9555 227.5 12-11-1 375 9930 2,000
8Guppy Troup, Savannah, Ga. 9596 228.4 11-13-0 330 9926 1,900
#9Rich Carrubba, Las Vegas 9480 225.7 14-9-1 435 9915 1,800
10Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 9493 226.0 14-10-0 420 9913 1,700
11Dan Roche, Downey, Calif. 9600 228.5 10-14-0 300 9900 1,600
12Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif. 9428 224.2 14-9-1 435 9863 1,500
13Tom Baker, Buffalo 9486 225.8 12-11-1 375 9861 1,400
#14Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 9472 225.5 12-12-0 360 9832 1,350
15Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind. 9503 226.3 10-13-1 315 9818 1,300
16Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 9488 225.9 10-13-1 315 9803 1,250
17Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash. 9546 227.3 8-15-1 255 9801 1,200
18Art Trask, Miami 9293 221.3 14-10-0 420 9713 1,150
19Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth 9349 222.6 12-12-0 360 9709 1,100
20Dennis Lawrence, Santa Clara, Calif. 9285 221.1 13-11-0 390 9675 1,050
21Dean Johnson, Portland 9281 221.0 10-14-0 300 9581 1,000
22Ernie Harding, Cucamonga, Calif. 9272 220.8 10-14-0 300 9572 950
23Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9193 218.9 7-16-1 225 9418 900
24Al Stonum, San Francisco 9093 216.5 8-16-0 240 9333 850

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.$750
*26Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.810
@27Phil Kapsimallis, Van Nuys, Calif.720
28Jim Poulos, Daly City, Calif.705
29Butch Smith, Garden Grove, Calif.690
30Ron Wells, Albuquerque680
31Jim Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore.670
32Rick Minier, Portland660
33Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif.650
34Gil Sliker, Washington, N. J.640
35Jack Andolina Glendale, Calif.630
36Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.620
#37Cary York, Salem, Ore.610
#38Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis600
39John Johns, Canton, Ohio590
40Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.580
41Pete McCordic, Houston570
42Phil Ringener, Big Springs, Texas560
43Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.550
44Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.540
45Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma530
46John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.520
47Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.510
48Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.500

*Match play alternate. **TV Finals Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - McNealy, 4,204. 24th place - Durbin, 4,047. # Carrubba (2), York, Stoughton, John Irwin, Vial Blanke, Westberg, Durbin and Kyle Shedd rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Warren Nelson, Bill George, John Weltzien, Pete McCordic, Gil Sliker and Rich Chang. @ Local Entry (non-PBA member).