Gansett Open - Archived Standings
$40,000 GANSETT OPEN
Cranston Bowl, Cranston, R.I., Aug 28-31, 1970
Jim Takes A Giant Step
If you look at the match game statistics, it would appear that either Butch Gearhart or Mike McGrath should have won the Gansett Open in Cranston, R.I. But, there can be little dispute over who knocked down the most pins throughout the 40-game route-Jim Stefanich, the winner of the $4,000 first place prize.
Averaging 220 over the qualifier, Jim went into the finals with a lead of 306 over Butch Gearhart. But, Steffie lost five of his first nine and when the final seven games began, the edge was merely 160. The title was decided in the ninth frame of the next to last game, when Gearhart left a split and lost by a 210-201 count. In the meaningless last game they tied at 236. In actual pinfall for 40 games, it was 8723 for the champ, 8354 for the "bridesmaid."
The final reading was only seven victories for Stefanich, while Butch and McGrath took 12 each. Even Dick Ritger and Mike Limongello, fourth and fifth, captured more than the winner-eight apiece. McGrath made the longest stride on the final day, going from 15th to his high finish.
FINALS AFTER 40 GAMES
*Alternate. **Local Entry. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-Stefanich 5289. 16th Low-Tufts 4842. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Don Johnson, Dick Ritger, Tommy Tuttle, Rich Canicatti, Ernie Schlegel, Mark Roth.