Syracuse Open



$75,000 SYRACUSE OPEN
Brunswick Holiday Bowl, Syracuse, N. Y., Nov 2-6, 1979

Durbin Snaps Victory Drought

A pair of 225 games carried veteran Mike Durbin to his first PBA title in over seven years in the Syracuse Open. Durbin victimized Mark Roth and top-seeded Alvin Lou in the ESPN-TV finals for his sixth championship and the $8,000 first prize. It was his first victory since the Firestone Tournament of Champions in 1972.

Durbin, 37, had defeated Roth twice late in match play to claim the second-seeded position and then tossed a crucial 10th-frame strike against Roth in the semi-final game to take a 225-208 decision and halt Roth's bid for his third straight PBA Championship.

In the championship match against Lou, Durbin started with five strikes to springboard him to a 225-191 victory. A tour rookie, Lou earned $5,000 for his best PBA showing.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio450 (2 games)$8,000
2Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.191 (1 game)5,000
3Mark Roth, North Arlington, N. J.668 (3 games)4,000
4Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.227 (1 game)3,500
5Willie Willis, West Haven, Conn.203 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Roth defeated Willis, 216-203; Roth defeated Webb, 244-227; Durbin defeated Roth, 225-208; and in the championship game, Durbin defeated Lou, 225-191.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif. 9356 222.7 14-10-0 420 9776 
2Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 9275 220.8 16-8-0 480 9755 
3Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 9323 221.9 14-10-0 420 9743 
4Willie Willis, West Haven, Conn. 9202 219.0 17-7-0 510 9712 
#5Mark Roth, North Arlington, N. J. 9209 219.2 15-8-1 465 9674 
**6Tom Baker, Buffalo, N. Y. 9197 218.9 15-9-0 450 9647 $2,550
7Gil Sliker, Washington, N. J. 9257 220.4 12-12-0 360 9617 2,100
8Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif. 9166 218.2 15-9-0 450 9616 1,900
9Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass. 9272 220.7 10-12-2 330 9602 1,800
10Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 9068 215.9 15-9-0 450 9518 1,700
11Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9114 217.0 13-11-0 390 9504 1,650
12Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9084 216.2 13-10-1 405 9489 1,600
13Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA 9200 219.0 8-16-0 240 9440 1,550
14Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8960 213.3 14-10-0 420 9380 1,500
15John Wilcox, Shavertown, Pa. 9020 214.7 11-13-0 330 9350 1,450
16Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8962 213.3 12-12-0 360 9322 1,400
17Mike Orlovsky, Johnson City, N.Y. 8897 211.8 13-11-0 390 9287 1,350
18Gip Lentine, Rowland Hts., Calif. 8918 212.3 10-14-0 300 9218 1,300
19Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 8887 211.5 11-13-0 330 9217 1,250
20Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 8817 209.9 9-14-1 285 9102 1,200
21John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill. 8793 209.3 8-16-0 240 9033 1,150
22Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif. 8744 208.1 6-17-1 195 8939 1,100
+23Dave Beckmann, Mercer Island, Wash. 8671 206.4 8-16-0 240 8781 1,020
24Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 8543 203.4 6-18-0 180 8723 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.$970
26Kenny Hall, Latham, N.Y.875
*27Pat Dickey, San Antonio, Texas885
28Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.850
29Guppy Troup, Savannah, Ga.835
 Charlie Venable, Bronx, N.Y.835
31John Johns, Canton, Ohio820
32Daniel Ghezzi, Childs, Pa.810
33Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.800
34Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif.780
 Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.780
 Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn.780
37Steve Tripp, Wethersfield, Conn.760
38Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Park, N.Y.750
39Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan.740
40George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.730
41John Voso, Euclid, Ohio720
42Wendell Davis, Johnson City, Tenn.705
 Mike Hanes, North Tonawanda, N.Y.705
44John Denton, Midland, Texas690
45Louie Moore, Indianapolis, Ind.680
46Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.665
 Butch Seymour, Syracuse, N.Y.665
48Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.650

* - Denotes match play alternate. ** - Denotes TV finals alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Lou, 4,062. 24th place Holman, 3,855. # - Roth rolled a 300 game. PRO-AM CASHERS - Roy Buckley, Steve Westberg, Jim Poulos, Dave Husted, Wayne Webb and Jerry Friedly. + - Beckmann replaced Roche in match play after the 27th game. He was assessed a 130-pin penalty, the difference between their 18-game qualifying totals as well as any bonus pins that Roche had won. They shared 23rd and 25th place money, $970, and Beckmann received $50 additional for serving as alternate for two rounds. Pat Dickey was the new alternate and earned $25. Roche's actual pinfall was 4,634 for 27 games, and Beckmann's was 6,888 for 33 games.