South Bend Open - Archived Standings
$40,000 SOUTH BEND OPEN
Chippewa Lanes South Bend, Ind., Sep 1-4, 1972
Surina Cops The First
Young Matt Surina, Kelso, Wash., staved off numerous threats from tour-seasoned veterans to win the $40,000 South Bend Open at Chippewa Lanes. The victory was Surina's first and it carried with it $4,000 first prize.
Surina's most consistent tormentor was George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., but the 22-Year-old first led the 18-game qualifying with an average of 136-plus and then successful[' held his lead through the first 16 games of match play.
It was then, however, that Pappas and Jim Stefanich started pushing the youngster. Stefanich had a 300 game lone of five rolled during the tournament) and a 299 to move up to second; then it was Pappas who climbed into the lead and he and Surina see-sawed back and forth until the position-round game when Surina found himself with an 84-pin lead.
Pappas opened with four straight strikes in the position round game while Surina left an open frame in the fifth. For a time it looked as though Pappas might overcome the margin, but he final). had to be content with a 203-193 win over Surina, not enough to catch the Washingtonian.
*Alternate. @Local entry. #Jim Stefanich. Gus Lampo, Denny DeNovellis, Mike McGrath and Bill Wallets each received $60 for 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader-Surina 4257. 24th low-Soutar 4022. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50-Bobby Meadows, Ernie Schlegel, Norm Meyers, Gus Lampo, Tommy Tuttle, Bob Alstott.