Buffalo Open



$70,000 BUFFALO OPEN
Thruway Lanes, Cheektowaga, N.Y., Aug 15-18, 1979

Back-To-Back For Webb

Wayne Webb grabbed his second straight PBA title and third within nine months when he defeated two opponents in the finals of the Buffalo Open to become the first bowler to win back-to-back tournaments in 1979. Webb was seeded second into the finals and saw Joe Berardi nudge Rich Carrubba, 224-215, in the first match.

Berardi then brought the fans at Thruway Lanes to their feet with 300-224 victory over Ed Ressler, in which the final solid strike was taped and rebroadcast for CBS-TV viewers along with the championship match.

Berardi didn't make it to the title match after being stalled by Webb, 225-190, in the semi-final game. The 22-year-old righthander then proceeded to shoot past top-seeded Steve Westberg, 237-199, for the victory.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.462 (2 games)$8,000
2Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.199 (1 game)5,000
3Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.714 (3 games)4,000
4Ed Ressler Jr., Bethlehem, Pa.224 (1 game)3,500
5Rich Carrubba, Las Vegas, Nev.215 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Berardi defeated Carrubba, 224-215; Berardi defeated Ressler, 300-224; Webb defeatedBerardi, 225-190; and Webb defeated Westberg, 237-199.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9207 219.2 19-5-0 570 9777 
2Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 9153 217.9 16-8-0 480 9633 
3Ed Ressler Jr., Bethlehem, Pa. 9084 216.2 15-9-0 450 9534 
#4Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 9093 216.5 14-10-0 420 9513 
5Rich Carrubba, Las Vegas 8918 212.3 17-7-0 510 9428 
**6Mark Roth, North Arlington, N.J. 8909 212.1 15-9-0 450 9359 $2,550
7Joseph Groskind, Memphis 8814 209.8 16-7-1 495 9309 2,100
8Charlie Venable, Bronx, N.Y. 8917 212.3 13-11-0 390 9307 1,900
9George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8843 210.5 13-10-1 405 9248 1,800
10Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8845 210.5 13-11-0 390 9235 1,700
11Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 8819 209.9 13-11-0 390 9209 1,600
12Art Trask, Miami 8863 211.0 10-13-1 315 9178 1,500
13Rick Minier, Portland, Ore. 8797 209.4 11-13-0 330 9127 1,450
14Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8801 209.5 9-14-1 285 9086 1,375
 Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8726 207.7 12-12-0 360 9086 1,375
16Bill George, Citrus Hts., Calif. 8645 205.8 12-11-1 375 9020 1,300
17Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8740 208.0 9-15-0 270 9010 1,250
18Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore. 8677 206.5 9-14-1 285 8962 1,200
19Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif. 8649 205.9 9-15-0 270 8919 1,150
20Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 8704 207.2 6-18-0 180 8884 1,100
21Tom Roeder, Bellrose, N.Y. 8443 201.0 12-12-0 360 8803 1,050
22Chris Riga, Allentown, Pa. 8589 204.5 7-17-0 210 8799 1,000
23Alan Gaboury, Bellington, Mass. 8508 202.5 9-15-0 270 8778 950
24Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 8450 201.1 6-18-0 180 8630 900

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
#*25Mike Hanes, N. Tonawanda, N.Y.$895
26Roy Garcea, New York, N.Y.790
27Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind.770
28Shawn Christensen, Aurora, Colo.755
29Jim Schroeder, N. Tonawanda, N.Y.740
30Pete McCordic, Houston730
31Ron Mickelson, Cheney, Wash.720
32Doug Heim N. Tonawanda, N.Y.710
33Archie Stewart, Pebble Beach, Calif.700
34Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. V.685
 Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.685
36Fred Conner, Mar Vista College, Calif.670
37Tom Kress, Rochester, N.Y.660
38Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.650
39Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.635
 Jim Winklepleck, Milwaukie, Ore.635
41Ron McCaull, Lowell, Mass.620
42David Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.610
43Arnie Goldman, Chicago595
 Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash.595
45Kenny Hall, Latham, N.Y.580
46Jeff Valentine, Hopkinton, Mass.570
47Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan.560
48John Locke, Nanuet, N.Y.550
49Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.540
50Todd Strebel, Pompano Beach, Fla.530
51John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.520
52James Serbalik, Mechanicville, N.Y.505
 Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif.505
54Dean Johnson, Portland, Ore.490
55Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa.480
56Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas470
57Keith Craycraft, N. Martinsville, W. Va.460
58Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif.450
59Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.440
60Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, Ind.430

*Denotes alternate. ** - TV Finals Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Berardi, 4 066. 24th place - Semiz, 3,772. Semiz defeated Hanes in a roll-off, 246-200, for 24th place. #Hanes and Berardi rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Mark Roth, Rick Jones, Joe Hutchinson, George Pappas, Steve Cook, and Jim Godman.