Mercury Open



$40,000 MERCURY OPEN
Henrietta Lanes, Rochester, N.Y., Nov 5-8, 1971

Gunner Brings Back A Mercury

Victory number six in PBA competition was relatively easy for Johnny Guenther, a veteran pro out of Seattle,Wash. Guenther moved quickly to the lead in the qualifying segment, then surrendered his advantage only once-during match play-as he drove off with the first place prize, a new Mercury Marquis.

Going into the final block of eight games, the Gunner's margin was still shaky but he opened with a 299 game, tookseven of eight, and was an easy victor over runnerup Dick Weber. For the 42-game route, the winner went at a 228 clip, took 19 of 24 match games, and wound up the event with a flourish, whipping Weber, 233-219. In addition to Guenther, Weber and third-placer Curt Schmidt were awarded cars by the sponsoring Lincoln-Mercury people.

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9592 19-5-0 570 10162 Mercury Marquis
2Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 9404 16-8-0 480 9884 Mercury Montego
3Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 9299 19-5-0 570 9869 Mercury Comet
4Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 9228 15-9-0 450 9678 $1,700
5Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 9333 11-13-0 330 9663 1,400
6Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 9313 11-13-0 330 9643 1,200
7Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 9240 13-11-0 390 9630 1,100
8Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 9177 12-12-0 360 9537 1,000
9Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 9263 9-15-0 270 9533 925
 Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 9173 12-12-0 360 9533 925
11Mick McMahon, Portland, Ore. 9168 12-12-0 360 9528 850
12Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio 9163 11-13-0 330 9493 800
13Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 9100 13-11-0 390 9490 750
14Mike Limongello, N. Babylon, N.Y. 9118 10-14-0 300 9418 700
15Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9086 11-13-0 330 9416 675
16Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9057 11-12-1 345 9402 650
17Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9115 9-15-0 270 9385 625
18Don Glover, South Bend, Ind. 9043 10-14-0 300 9843 600
19Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif. 9014 10-14-0 300 9314 575
20Terry Booth, Mountain View, Calif. 8889 14-10-0 420 9309 550
21Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio 8976 11-13-0 330 9306 526
22Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas 8932 11-13-0 330 9262 600
23Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 8761 10-14-0 300 9061 475
24Al Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio 8828 7-16-1 225 9053 450

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.3837$425
26Marty Piraino, Syracuse N .Y.3824320
27Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.3818300
28Joe Schmidt, Albany, N.Y.3816290
29Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.3815280
30Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.3810270
31Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif.3807260
32Harry Smith, Canton, Ohio3799250

*Alternate. 18-Game Qualifying Leader-Guenther 4108. 24th Low-Beach 3842. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)--Curt Schmidt, Carmen Salvino, Dave Soutar, Larry Laub, Barry Asher, Bob Strampe.