Syracuse Open - Archived Standings
$80,000 SYRACUSE OPEN
Strike 'N Spare Lanes, Mattydale, N.Y., Nov 17-20, 1978
Spigner Scores In Syracuse
Bill Spigner's second title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour was a long time coming. . .15 months to be exact, but he regained championship form to capture a two-pin, 192-190, victory over Ed Ressler Jr. to win the $60,000 Syracuse Open.
Spigner first won in August of 1977, capturing the New England Open at Cranston, R.I., but in 1978 he wasn't quite up to the performance level which kept him among the leading money winners last year.
After nine frames of the title match, Ressler nursed an eight-pin lead, 171-163. A strike by Ressler would have forced Spigner to double, but he left the eight-pin standing, and Spigner struck to clinch the title and the $6,000 winner's check. Ressler finished in a tie for third.
George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., who earlier in the tournament shared the lead with Ressler, jumped into second place and Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif., notched a 289 final game to vault from seventh to a tie with Ressler.
*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Buckley, 4,028. 24th place - Hall, 3,854. #-Buckley and Robarge rolled perfect games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Doug Heim, Tom Baker, Lee Snow, Steve Westberg, Joe Hutchinson, Kenneth Hinds, Don Bell, Sam Flanagan, Johnny Petraglia, John Handegard, and Mike Durbin. Sam Flanagan, who qualified 13th for match play with 3,902, was disqualified prior to match play when his ball failed to meet minimum hardness requirements. He was replaced by Cook.