12th Annual National Championship - Archived Standings
$85,000 12th ANNUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Paramus Bowling, Paramus, N.J., Oct 9-16, 1971
Lemongello Squeezes Davis
The long-running National Championship reached new heights in 1971, largely through the participation of the Bellows-Valvair Corporation. The event, valued at $85,000, was played at Paramus Bowling in Paramus, N.J., and the enrichment of this prestige tournament made for a $12,500 first play payoff for Mike Limongello, the North Babylon, N.Y., pro who seems always to capture the big ones.
The windup was a heart-breaker for Dave Davis and continued a string of second-place finishes in recent competitions for the lefthander who went into the fray seeking his third Nationals title and his 13th victory in a long career. But, all he came away with was his ninth runnerup placing in less than two seasons of play.
The final score of the championship game-viewed by millions on ABC-TV's Wide World of Sports, was 207-202 and, if the final score indicates a spine-tingler, that's just what it was.
Davis was virtually untouchable in the 56 games leading up to the finals at the place from which the first live PBA event was shown over a decade ago. In the match game portion, Davis took 19 of 24 games and averaged nearly 217. But, when the TV lights went on, Lemongello began his all-winning effort, dumping three foes on his way to the crown.
First to go down to defeat was Gus Lampo, by a 225-165 count. Then, Dave Soutar, himself a former winner of the National Championship, bit the dust as Lemongello uncorked a 267 game. Teata Semiz was next to fall before Lemongello and then it was the big number.
Lemongello opened with a strike against Davis, then nursed a one-pin lead over his opponent with half the game gone. Davis rung up three strikes, giving him an eight-pin margin and when Lemongello finished first, with his 207, all Dave had to do was get a mark in the last frame. Instead, Dayis left the 4-7-10 split and when he failed to pick it up, he had to be content with second place money of $7,000. Semiz received $5,000, while Soutar and Lampo earned $4,000 and $3,000 respectively.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Lemongello defeated Lampo, 225-165; Lemongello defeated Soutar, 267-223; Lemongello defeated Semiz, 212-203; and in the championship game Lemongello defeated Davis, 207-202. 56-GAME TOTALS 32-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. #Lost rolloff with Jimmy McHugh for 24th position, 221-214. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Dick Weber, Mike Orlovsky, Ed Bourdase, Gary Dickinson, Wayne Zahn, Ralph Engan.
*Alternate. #Lost rolloff with Jimmy McHugh for 24th position, 221-214. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Dick Weber, Mike Orlovsky, Ed Bourdase, Gary Dickinson, Wayne Zahn, Ralph Engan.