The Japan Gold Cup
THE JAPAN GOLD CUP
Starlanes, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 20-Oct 5, 1969
Ritger A Flash In Japan
For the second straight year, America's outstanding professional bowlers visited Japan and this time around it was DICK RITGER of Hartford, Wisc., who came away with the victory. Ritger, who also triumphed in the Buffalo Open earlier in the year, shot a spectacular 234-plus for 56 games of match play and then survived a step-ladder elimination round to win the championship game from Don Glover, 237-227.
Glover, as a matter of fact, averaged nearly four pins better than Ritger throughout match play and led the seven-man field into the nationally televised finals with a 7-1 record. In the playoffs, however, Ritger downed defending champion Don Johnson, 234-192, to earn a shot at Glover in the top spot, and then he turned the tables on Glover.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Zahn defeated Salvino, 236-235; Zahn defeated Stefanich, 257-227; Johnson defeated Zahn, 246-245; Johnson defeated Guenther, 269-243; Ritger defeated Johnson. 234-192; and in the championship game, Ritger defeated Glover, 237-227. *Billy Hardwick withdrew from tournament. Johnson, Glover each had two 300 games.
*Billy Hardwick withdrew from tournament. Johnson, Glover each had two 300 games.