BPAA U.S. Open



$140,000 BPAA U.S. OPEN
Arena Bowl, Oak Lawn, III., Mar 27-Apr 2, 1983

Dickinson Does It

Gary Dickinson, a lanky 40-year-old pro bowler who had been away from the winner's circle for three years, returned with his biggest victory ever, winning the $140,000 BPAA U.S. Open at Oak Lawn's Arena Lanes In suburban Chicago.

Dickinson topped a hard-charging Steve Neff, 214-202, after Neff had won three matches to get into the championship game.

Neff, a former champion in this event, sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, was fifth qualifier and started off in great form by edging Sam Zurich, 238-238, and then walloped another former Open champ, Marshall Holman, 265-173, before winning against his former roommate, Gil Sliker, 203-197, to earn his shot at the title and $24,000 first prize.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas214 (1 game)$24,000
2Steve Neff, Sarasota. Fla.908 (4 games)13,000
3Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.197 (1 game)7,500
4Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore.173 (1 game)6,000
5Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y.236 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS -Neff defeated Zurich, 238-236; Neff defeated Holman, 265-173: Neff defeated Sliker, 203-197; and in the championship game, Dickinson defeated Neff, 214-202.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 12219 218.1 17-6-1 525 12744 
2Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 12237 218.5 16-7-1 495 12732 
3Marshall Holman. Jacksonville, Ore. 12308 219.7 13-9-2 420 12728 
4Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y. 12128 216.5 12-11-1 375 12503 
5Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 12015 214.5 14-8-2 450 12465 
**6Rowdy Morrow, Ferguson, Mo. 11960 213.5 16-8-0 480 12440 $4,050
7Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs. Colo. 12082 215.7 11-13-0 330 12412 3,500
8Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 11971 213.7 14-10-0 420 12391 3,000
9Mark Fahy, Chicago 11954 213.4 13-10-1 405 12359 2,800
@10Rick Minier, Vancouver, Wash. 11996 214.2 12-12-0 360 12356 2,600
11Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 11993 214.1 11-13-0 330 12323 2,500
12Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 12047 215.1 9-15-0 270 12317 2,400
13Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 11858 211.7 12-11-1 375 12233 2,300
14Tom Robards, Carmichael, Calif. 11857 211.7 12-12-0 360 12217 2,200
15Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis 11822 211.1 12-12-0 360 12182 2,100
16Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., 11790 210.5 11-12-1 345 12135 2,000
17Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 11757 209.9 11-13-0 330 12087 1,900
@18Pat Malone, Erie, Pa. 11756 209.9 11-13-0 330 12086 1,800
19Carmen Salvino, Chicago 11819 211.0 8-16-0 240 12059 1,700
@20Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio 11662 208.2 12-12-0 360 12022 1,600
21Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif. 11733 209.5 9-14-1 285 12018 1,500
22Don Genalo, N. Merrick, N.Y. 11710 209.1 8-16-0 240 11950 1,400
23Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif. 11639 207.8 9-14-1 285 11924 1,300
24Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 11646 207.9 9-15-0 270 11916 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.$1,175
26Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.1,055
@27Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa.1,000
28Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.960
29Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J.940
30Tim Campbell, Canisteo, N.Y.920
31Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.900
32Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.870
 Billy Young Jr., Tulsa. Okla.870
34Gus Yannaras, Milwaukee, Wis.840
35Kevin Gillette, Florence, Ky.820
36Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.810
37Keith Goodling, Strasburg, Pa.800
38Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio790
39Jimmy Certain, Milwaukee, Wis.780
40Dale Eagle, Santa Maria, Calif.770
41Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio760
42Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.750
43Tony Acosta, Hialeah, Fla.740
44Dave Kappel, Chicago730
45Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio720
46Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas710
47Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.700
@48Jim Ewald, Louisville, Ky.690
49Joe Greco, Jacksonville, Fla.680
50Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.670
51Jerry Miller, Twin Falls, Idaho660
52David Ozio, Vidor, Texas645
 Ray Shackelford, Hartwood, Va.645
54Rick Vittone, Salem, Ore.630
55Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.615
@Bill Wakefield, N. Olmsted, Ohio615
57Alan Granat, Palisade, Colo.600
58Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.590
59Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.580
60Les Schissler, Ft. Lupton, Colo.570

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 32-game qualifying leader- Sam Zurich, 7116. 24th place - Larry Gray, 6725. Low qualifier after 24 games- Les Schissler (60th place), 4945 (Schissler tied with Bo Bowden and Pete Weber, then won a one-game roll-off with a 201 score to Bowden's 193 and Weber's 156). PRO-AM CASHERS - Bo Bowden, Rowdy Morrow. Alvin Lou, Dave Soutar, Dave Husted and Bill Beach ($50 each). @ BPAA league entry.