Mercury Open - Archived Standings
$40,000 MERCURY OPEN
Hilander Bowling Palace, Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov 13-16, 1970
The Horn Of Plenty
Tossing one of his lowest games in the competition, Dave Soutar fell just one victory short of making it three straight victories in PBA competition. Ahead by 70 pins going into the final game at Oklahoma City, in the Mercury Open, Soutar was swamped by Bud Horn, 259-181, to turn the triumph towards a pro who hadn't been a winner in four years.
Horn, who was fighting his way back into the Tournament of Champions, stayed close to the top rung throughout play and was a principal as the lead changed hands four times in the last four games. When Mike Limongello toppled Horn and Soutar beat Teata Semiz in the 39th game, the stage was set. And, when the battle was over, Soutar's 12 match games didn't help, as he lost to Horn's 9-7 record and far superior actual pinfall.
Mike Durbin rolled a 300 in the tournament which awarded each of the top three finishers a new automobile, courtesy of the Lincoln-Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company. Behind Horn and Soutar, came Wayne Sheridan, making his best PBA showing.
FINALS AFTER 40 GAMES
*Alternate. **Local Entries. ***Mike Durbin received additional $100 for 300 game. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-McCune, 5471. 16th Low-Strampe, 5134. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Curt Schmidt, Ed Bourdase, Bud Horn, Nelson Burton Jr., Gus Lampo, Don Russell.