Salt Lake Open - Archived Standings
$80,000 SALT LAKE OPEN
Bonwood Bowl, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jul 7-10, 1978
Chester Salts One Away
Wayne Chester, who toiled in anonymity for two years as a part-time player on the Professional Bowlers Association tour, joined elite company by winning the $60,000 Salt Lake Open.
Chester, a 25-year-old left-hander from San Mateo, Calif., never led until the final frame of the final game when then-leader John Handegard, Eugene, Ore., saw his hopes for victory fade in a series of open frames during the position round match, a 216-152 Chester victory.
Handegard, who took a 222-pin lead into the final eight games, needed only to stay within 55 pins of Chester to earn his first PBA title, but it wasn't to be.
Open frames in the second, seventh and eighth and a split in the ninth were fatal to Handegard, even though Chester's ninth-frame open left the door open to a desperate Handegard. A double would have won the title for him, but the Oregonian was able only to spare. He won $3,500.
Fox entered match play for Don Bell after 26 games. He and Bell split money for 24th and 25th place. Fox received an additional $25 for serving as alternate for one round. He was penalized 186 pins, the difference between his and Bell's qualifying totals, plus all of Bell's bonus pins. Keith Craycraft became the new alternate.