Japan Gold Cup Invitational
JAPAN GOLD CUP INVITATIONAL
Starlanes, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 24-Oct 12, 1970
Ritger Picks Up Six
Dick Ritger, one of the most tenacious of pro bowlers, was a repeat winner in the Japan Gold Cup and the way he did it was remarkable. After 40 qualifying games at Starlanes Bowling Centers, the finals of this third annual competition went on television; there was Ritger, who was to come out with his ninth title, at the bottom of the ladder.
To win the righthander would have to topple six opponents-and under the pressure and lights of the TV cameras. Well, Dick did just that, climaxing his all-winning stint with a 246-223 victory over Don Johnson. Highlights of the earlier rolling were a 300 game by Ritger and an average of 242 for Johnson. The triumph was worth $2,000 and gained some measure of revenge for the setback Don inflicted on Dick in the Firestone Tournament of Champions earlier in the year.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Weber defeated Salvino, 235-216; Ritger defeated Weber, 269-212; Ritger defeated Glover, 182-162; Ritger defeated Davis, 247-212; Ritger defeated Soutar, 238-201; Ritger defeated Stefanich, 235-212; and in the championship game Ritger defeated Johnson, 246-223. 40-GAME TOTALS *Ritger had a 300 game in the qualifying.
*Ritger had a 300 game in the qualifying.