Sarasota Open



$70,000 SARASOTA OPEN
Galaxy Lanes, Sarasota, Fla., Aug 22-25, 1979

Burton Unbeatable

Nelson Burton Jr. emerged the winner of a hard-fought, electrifying final game against George Pappas for his 14th PBA crown in the Sarasota Open.

Burton, bowling in just his fourth tournament on the Summer Tour, first topped Marshall Holman, 225-203, and Wayne Webb, 234-187, to thwart Webb's bid for a record-tying third straight PBA title.

That set up the title match between PBA Hall of Famer Burton and veteran Pappas, the Firestone Tournament of Champions winner, and they exchanged strikes, spares and splits almost evenly through nine frames. Burton then rammed home three strikes in the 10th frame for 203 and watched as Pappas, needing three strikes for the victory managed a double and seven for a score of 201.

"I took either my second or third step too short which caused me to lift the ball too hard," explained a disappointed Pappas about the 3-6-10 leave on his final shot.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis662 (3 games)$8,000
2George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.201 (1 game)5,000
3Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.187 (1 game)4,000
4Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.420 (2 games)3,500
5Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.181 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Holman defeated Cook, 217-181; Burton defeated Holman, 225-203; Burton defeated Webb, 234-187, and in the championship game Burton defeated Pappas, 203-201. 42-(SAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9609 228.7 15-8-1 465 10074 
2Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 9471 225.5 16-8-0 480 9951 
3Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 9469 225.0 12-12-0 360 9829 
4Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9431 224.4 13-11-0 390 9821 
5Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9317 220.2 13-11-0 390 9707 
**6Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 9314 220.1 11-12-1 345 9659 $2,550
7Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9174 218.3 15-9-0 450 9624 2,000
8Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 9220 219.5 11-13-0 330 9550 1,900
9Ron McCaull, Lowell, Mass. 9031 215.0 15-9-0 450 9481 1,800
10Dave Jones, Boston, Va. 9021 214.9 14-10-0 420 9441 1,700
11Art Trask, Miami, Fla. 9046 215.4 12-12-0 360 9406 1,600
12Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9131 217.4 9-15-0 270 9401 1,500
13George LeCain, Peabody, Mass. 9010 214.5 13-11-0 390 9400 1,400
14Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 9011 214.5 12-12-0 360 9371 1,300
15Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore. 9063 215.7 10-14-0 300 9363 1,250
16Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa. 8942 212.9 14-10-0 420 9362 1,200
#17Tommy Evans, Sarasota, Fla. 8967 213.5 13-11-0 390 9357 1,150
#18Louie Moore, Indianapolis, Ind. 8965 213.4 13-11-0 390 9355 1,100
19Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 9019 214.7 11-13-0 330 9349 1,050
20Joseph Groskind, Memphis, Tenn. 9011 214.5 11-13-0 330 9341 1,000
21Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8949 213.0 12-12-0 360 9309 950
#22Glenn Pierce, Jacksonville, Fla. 9018 214.7 9-15-0 270 9288 900
23Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan. 8606 204.9 7-17-0 210 8816 850
24Louis Gaines, Lexington, Ky. 8473 201.7 6-18-0 180 8653 800

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Kyle Shedd, Downey, Calif.$665
*26Don Sylvia, Beacon, N.Y.715
27David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas620
28Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.600
29John Denton, Midland, Texas590
30Pete Brown, St. Petersburg, Fla.580
31Roy Garcea, New York, N.Y.565
 Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif.565
33Rick Minier, Portland, Ore.550
34Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind.540
35Eddie Ressler, Bethlehem, Pa.530
36David Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.520
37Guppy Troup, Savannah, Ga.510
38Skip Tucker, Tampa, Fla.500
39Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.490
40Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.480
41Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio470
42Neal Newfield, Jacksonville, Fla.460
43Jeff Valentine, Hopkinton, Mass.450
44Jeff Morin, Cleveland440
45Gary Fox, Miami, Fla.430
46Rich Martinez, Yuba City, Calif.420
47David Cicalese, Miami, Fla.410
48Shelby Mullins, Ocala, Fla.200
 Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.200

*Denotes Alternate. ** - TV Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Burton, 4,151. 24th place - Handley, 3,835. #Glenn Pierce, Louie Moore and Tommy Evans shot 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Joe Nuzzo, Pete McCordic, Wayne Webb, Warren Nelson, Steve Martin and John Denton.