Greater Hartford Open



$115,000 GREATER HARTFORD OPEN
Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn., Apr 9-14, 1984

Pritts Is It

With a host of relatives and friends from his hometown area looking on, 25-year-old Jimmie Pritts Jr. rose to the occasion and disposed of three opponents in a businesslike fashion to win the $115,000 Greater Hartford Open.

In notching his second PBA title, Pritts downed Butch Soper, 269-168, veteran Sam Flanagan, 200-198, and then captured the final game from leading qualifier Tom Milton, 203-188.

Milton, the defending champ, fell behind in the first frame when he missed a 6-7-10 split, but closed to within two pins midway in the game when Pritts missed the 1-2-8-10. Milton needed a double in the 10th frame, but couldn't muster it, and Pritts struck out to insure the victory and $16,000 top prize.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass.672 (3 games)$16,000
2Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.188 (1 game)8,250
3Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va.198 (1 game)6,000
4Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif.413 (2 games)5,000
5Mike Steinbach, Alsip, Ill.233 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Soper defeated Steinbach, 245-233; Pritts defeated Soper, 269-168; Pritts defeated Flanagan, 200-198; and in the championship game, Pritts defeated Milton, 203-188.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 8999 214.2 18-6-0 540 9539 
2Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va. 9065 215.8 15-9-0 450 9515 
3Jimmie Pritts Jr., Lawrence, Mass. 8990 214.0 15-9-0 450 9440 
4Mike Steinbach, Alsip, III. 9030 215.0 13-11-0 390 9420 
5Butch Soper, Newport Beach, Calif. 8870 211.1 17-7-0 510 9380 
**6Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M. 9013 214.5 12-12-0 360 9373 $3,550
7Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 8895 211.7 14-9-1 435 9330 3,200
8Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 8920 212.3 13-11-0 390 9310 3,000
9Jim Miller, Mesa, Ariz. 8909 212.1 13-11-0 390 9299 2,800
10Bill Spigner, Chicago 8857 210.8 14-10-0 420 9277 2,700
11Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8907 212.0 12-12-0 360 9267 2,600
12Mats Karlsson, Sweden 8834 210.3 13-11-0 390 9224 2,500
13Gary Shultis, Mineola, N.Y. 8862 211.0 12-12-0 360 9222 2,400
14Larry Laub, Tucson, Ariz. 8837 210.4 12-11-1 375 9212 2,300
15Marshall Holman, Jacksonville, Ore. 8797 209.4 13-11-0 390 9187 2,200
16Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 8832 210.2 10-12-2 330 9162 2,100
17Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8764 208.6 10-12-2 330 9094 2,000
18Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif. 8803 209.5 9-14-1 285 9088 1,900
19Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 8864 211.0 7-17-0 210 9074 1,800
20Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 8725 207.7 10-14-0 300 9025 1,700
21Magic Gray, Morningside, Md. 8624 205.3 13-11-0 390 9014 1,600
#22Dan Eberl, Tonawanda, N.Y. 8755 208.4 5-18-1 165 8920 1,500
23Charlie Tapp, S. St. Paul, Minn. 8579 204.2 8-16-0 240 8819 1,400
24Lynn Austermuhl, Anchorage, Alaska 8581 204.3 6-18-0 180 8761 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25John Forst, La Grange, Ill.$1,275
26Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,170
27Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla.1,120
28John Wilcox, Shaverton, Pa.1,090
29Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,070
30Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,060
31Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.1,030
32Mike Lastowski, Baltimore, Md.1,020
33Pete Couture. Windsor Locks, Conn.1,000
34Bruce Carter, Round Rock, Texas990
35Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.980
36Avery LeBlanc, Houma, La.965
 Mathew Ruben, W. Hempstead, N.Y.965
38Sam Zurich, Huntington, N.Y.950
39Rob Comito, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.940
40Greg Nesbit, Pittsburgh. Pa.930
41Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.920
42Bob Chamberlain, Pontiac, Mich.910
43Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.895
 Frankie May Jr., W. Reading, Pa.895
45Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas880
46Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis870
47Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.860
48Casey Berry, Albuquerque, N.M.845
 Ted Kone, Windsor Locks, Conn.845
50Dave Heller, White Plains, N.Y.830
51Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.820
52Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.805
 Pete McCordic, Houston805

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. # - Herry Gross and Dan Eberl rolled 300 games ($100). 18-game qualifying leader - Mal Acosta, 4027. 24th place - Bill Spigner, 3822. 52nd place (tie) - Dave Ferraro and Pete McCordic, 3706. PRO-AM CASHERS - Gary Skidmore, Bruce Carter, Randy Stoughton, Gary Dickinson, Storm DeVincent, Ron Bell, Bob Learn Jr., Mike Durbin, Pete McCordic, Fred McClerkin, Russ Mills, Art Trask, Teata Semiz, Larry Laub, Tony Torrice, Mats Karlsson, Steve Fehr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Mick Morton, Pete Couture and Dave Ferraro ($50 each).