Northern Ohio Open



$75,000 NORTHERN OHIO OPEN
Westgate Lanes, Fairview Park, Ohio, Nov 1-4, 1980

Durbin Steals The Show

Mike Durbin, who competed in every tournament on the 1980 national tour, did not have to go far to record his seventh PBA win in the $75,000 Northern Ohio Open outside of Cleveland.

The 39-year-old Durbin, of nearby Chagrin Falls, swept past four higher seeded opponents, clinching the championship with a 227-186 decision over Bo Bowden.

Bowden led by eight pins until leaving the rare 1-2-4-6-10 "washout" in the fifth frame. Durbin, who often times serves as color commentator for the ESPN-TV finals, showed the viewers his bowling talents by converting a washout in the sixth frame and sealing the win with four consecutive strikes.

Durbin became one of five players to win PBA titles in three decades joining Dick Weber, Nelson Burton Jr., Johnny Petraglia and Jim Godman with that honor.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio861 (4 games)$58,000
2Bo Bowden, Dallas, Texas186 (1 game)5,000
3Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.186 (1 game)4,000
4Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.194 (1 game)3,500
5Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.188 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Durbin defeated Sliker, 199-188; Durbin defeated Ellenburg, 222-194; Durbin defeated Laub, 213-186; and in the championship match, Durbin defeated Bowden, 227-186.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Bo Bowden, Dallas, Texas 9207 219.2 17-7-0 510 9717 
2Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif. 9153 217.9 14-10-0 420 9573 
3Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 9054 215.5 15-8-1 465 9519 
4Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 9021 214.7 16-8-0 480 9501 
5Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 9103 216.7 13-11-0 390 9493 
**6Pete McCordic, Houston, Texas 9130 217.3 11-12-1 345 9475 $2,550
7Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 9098 216.6 12-12-0 360 9458 2,350
8David Kappel, Chicago, Ill. 9037 215.1 14-10-0 420 9457 2,200
9Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan. 9066 215.8 12-11-1 375 9441 2,100
#10Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla. 8983 213.8 13-9-2 420 9403 2,000
11Tommy Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla. 8954 213.1 14-9-1 435 9389 1,900
12Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9038 215.1 11-12-1 345 9383 1,800
#13Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 8983 213.8 12-12-0 360 9343 1,700
14Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8946 213.0 13-11-0 390 9336 1,600
15John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 8976 213.7 11-13-0 330 9306 1,500
16Pete Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 8923 212.4 11-13-0 330 9253 1,400
17Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind. 8935 212.7 10-14-0 300 9235 1,350
18Art Trask, Miami, Fla. 8895 211.7 10-14-0 300 9195 1,300
#19Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 8831 210.2 11-13-0 330 9161 1,250
20Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 8852 210.7 8-16-0 240 9092 1,200
21Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 8789 209.2 10-14-0 300 9089 1,150
22Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 8762 208.6 9-15-0 270 9032 1,100
23Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8725 207.7 9-15-0 270 8995 1,050
24Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8674 206.5 8-15-1 255 8929 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.$985
26Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.880
27Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.860
28Jim Plessinger, York, Pa.850
29Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas840
30Merv Parrish, Beckley, W. Va.825
 Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.825
32Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.810
33Jimmy Certain, Peoria, Ill.800
34Joe Greco, Jacksonville, Fla.790
 Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass.780
36Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.770
37Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.760
38Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.750
39Bill Spigner, Chicago, Ill.740
40Neil Burton, St. Louis, Mo.725
 Rich Martinez, Yuba City, Calif.725
42Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.710

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - McCordic, 4103. 24th place Husted and Laub, 3829. # - John Johns, Fran Lavella, Guppy Troup, Jay Robinson and Ed Ressler bowled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Fred Conner, Jay Robinson, Gil Sliker, Pete Couture, Jimmy Certain ($50). Joe Greco and Chuck Pierce ($25).