Houston Open



$70,000 HOUSTON OPEN
Stadium Bowl, Houston, Texas, Jul 31-Aug 4, 1979

Ressler Out-Wrestles Houston Foes

After making the five-man finals in two of the previous three Summer Tour tournaments, Ed Ressler made it to the winner's circle the hard way, downing four opponents to chalk up his fourth PBA title, the Houston Open.

Ressler's last victim was PBA Hall of Famer Dave Davis, a lefthander out of Tinton Falls, N.J., who led from the opening round but was little competition in the championship match, rolling only two strikes and losing by a score of 245-180.

To get to the title match Ressler used his hot hand to bowl past Jim Plessinger, 247-204, Joe Berardi, 243-209, and Marshall Holman 185-165.

Ressler's 245 in the nationally televised finale upped his four-game total to 920, an average of 230 per game, earning him his first championship since the Miller High Life Open in 1977.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Ed Ressler, Bethlehem, Pa.920 (4 games)$8,000
2Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N. J.180 (1 game)5,000
3Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.165 (1 game)4,000
4Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N. Y.209 (1 game)3,500
5Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.204 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Ressler defeated Plessinger, 247-204; Ressler defeated Berardi, 243-209; Ressler defeated Holman, 185-165, and in the championship game Ressler defeated Davis, 245-180.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N. J. 9393 223.6 16-8-0 480 9873 
2Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9364 222.9 13-10-1 405 9769 
3Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N. Y. 9248 220.1 17-7-0 510 9758 
4Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 9231 219.7 17-7-0 510 9741 
5Ed Ressler Jr., Bethlehem, Pa. 9180 218.5 16-7-1 495 9675 
**6Charlie Tapp, St. Paul, Minn. 9195 218.9 12-12-0 360 9555 $2,550
7Richard Martinez, Yuba City, Calif. 9043 215.3 15-9-0 450 9493 2,000
8Guppy Troup, Columbia, S. C. 9085 216.3 12-12-0 360 9445 1,900
9Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif. 9080 216.1 11-12-1 345 9425 1,800
10Gil Sliker, Washington, N. J. 9101 216.6 10-14-0 300 9401 1,700
11Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif. 9113 216.9 12-12-0 360 9373 1,600
12Doug Myers, El Toro, Calif. 9009 214.5 12-12-0 360 9369 1,500
13Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 8983 213.8 12-12-0 360 9343 1,400
14Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9031 213.0 8-16-0 240 9371 1,300
#15Rick Minier, Portland, Ore. 8897 211.8 11-12-1 345 9242 1,250
16Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8875 211.3 11-13-0 330 9205 1,200
17Jerry Friedly, St. Helena, Calif. 8897 211.8 10-14-0 300 9197 1,150
18George LeCain, Peabody, Mass. 8796 209.4 13-11-0 390 9186 1,100
19Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 8878 211.3 10-14-0 300 9178 1,050
#20Arnie Goldman, Chicago 8907 212.0 9-15-0 270 9177 1,000
21Gary Mage, Seattle 8802 209.5 12-12-0 360 9162 950
22John Weltzien, Huntley, 111. 8787 209.2 8-15-1 255 9042 900
23Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass. 8840 210.4 6-17-1 195 9035 850
24Clinton Fairchild, Alexandria, Va. 8663 206.2 12-10-2 390 9023 800

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Phillip Ringener, Big Springs, Texas$740
26Shelby Mullins, Ocala, Fla.640
27Tom Eder, N. Vernon, Ind.620
28Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind.600
29Tommy Hudson, Akron590
30Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.580
31Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.570
32Roy Garcea, New York, N. Y.560
33Jeff Valentine, Hopkinton, Mass.550
34Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.540
35Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash.525
 Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.525
37Maury Newman, The Woodlands, Texas510
38Pete McCordic, Houston500
39Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.490
40Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.480
41Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa470
42Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio455
 Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.455
44Randy Stoughton, Indianapolis440
45Dave Beckmann, Mercer Island, Wash.430
46Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.420
47Red Shrum, Houston410
48Bill George, Citrus Hts., Calif.400

* - Match Play Alternate. ** - TV Finals Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Davis, 4,198. 24th place Troup, 3,811. Troup defeated Ringener, 236-196, for 24th place. #Phillip Ensminger, Rick Minier and Arnie Goldman rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Ron McCaull, Fred Conner, Paul Moser, Jeff Valentine, Jeff Morin, Joe Nuzzo, Tommy Hudson, Sam Flanagan, Charlie Venable, Dave Davis, Marshall Holman, Jimmy Weber, Art Trask (2), Boysie Huber, Steve Jones, Mike Aulby, Richard Martinez, Paul Colwell, Skip Tucker, Mike Durbin, Palmer Fallgren, Ed Ressler and Bus Oswalt.