Winston-Salem Classic



$80,000 WINSTON-SALEM CLASSIC
Major League Lanes Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb 15-19, 1972

Butch Belts Buckley

Butch Gearhart captured his fourth championship in the rich and important Winston-Salem Classic when he turned the tables on Roy Buckley, 216-169, in the title contest. A few months before, Buckley had edged Butch in another R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company event at Cranston, R.I.

The $10,000 triumph was Gearhart's most lucrative since he joined the tour on a full-time basis a few years prior. He did it the hard way, coming up with clutch doubles in the fifth and sixth, as well as the eighth and ninth when Buckley left the door open with a fatal fifth frame split.

The TV cast also included such feared performers as Nelson Burton, Jr., Bill Beach and Dave Davis, with none of them able to win more then one match, after Burton opened the show by losing to Beach.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas216 (1 game)$10,000
2Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio371 (2 games)6,000
3Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.393 (2 games)4,000
4Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.414 (2 games)3,500
5Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.168 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Beach defeated Burton, 209-168; Davis defeated Beach, 212-205; Buckley defeated Davis, 202-181; and in the championship game, Gearhart defeated Buckley, 216-169.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas 8790 19-5-0 570 9360 
2Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 8794 16-8-0 480 9274 
 A. Dave Davis, Miami, Fla. 8781 15-8-1 465 9246 
4Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 8693 14-10-0 420 9113 
5Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 8558 14-9-1 435 8993 
*6Mike McGrath, EI Cerrito, Calif. 8639 11-13-0 330 8969 $2,550
7Wayne Johnson, Walnut Cove, N.C. 8525 14-9-1 435 8960 2,200
8Bob McGregor, Wichita Falls, Texas 8538 12-12-0 360 8898 2,000
9Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif. 8491 13-11-0 390 8881 1,800
10Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas 8531 11-21-1 345 8876 1,600
11Glenn Pierce, Jacksonville, Fla. 8487 12-11-1 375 8862 1,550
12Bob Hood, Daly City, Calif. 8519 11-13-0 330 8849 1,500
13Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8489 11-13-0 330 8819 1,450
14Jim St. John, Cameron Park, Calif. 8438 12-12-0 360 8798 1,400
15Bob Strampe, Detroit. Mich. 8102 13-11-0 390 8792 1,350
16Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 8450 11-13-0 330 8780 1,300
17Terry Booth, Mountain View, Calif. 8398 12-11-1 375 8773 1,250
18Rich Bennett, Owego, N.Y. 8349 11-13-0 330 8679 1,200
19Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 8408 8-16-0 240 8648 1,150
#20Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 8350 9-15-0 270 8620 1,100
21Billy Walden, Troy, Mo. 8171 10-14-0 300 3471 1,050
22Eddie Cook, Florence, S.C. 8188 8-1u-0 240 8428 1,000
23Ralph Engan, Brookfield, Conn. 8155 9-15-0 270 8425 950
24Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 8131 9-15-0 270 8404 900

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.3632$845
26Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.3620720
27Bobby Meadows, Houston, Texas3619670
28Dan Baudoin, Belmont, Calif.3611595
 Johnnv Guenther, Seattle Wash.3611595
30Terry Tutle, King, N.C.3609545
31Randy Cottom, Harrisburg, Ill.3607520
32Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.3606510
33Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio3593500
34Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y.3585490
35Mike Lemongello, N. Babylon, N.Y.3573480
36Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.3570470
37Don Glover, South Bend, Ind.3568460
38George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.3563445
 Dan Roche, Arlington, Texas3563445
40Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas3560430
47Bob Stearns, Minneapolis, Minn.3556420
42Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.3555410
43Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y,3552395
 Wayne Sheridan, Richmond, Va.3552395
45Dick Ciprich, Buffalo, N.Y.3546380
46Chuck Warner, Oakville, Conn.3543370
47Dennis Buse, Gary, Ind.3539360
48Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.3536350
49Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y.3534340
**50John Spoloric, King, N.C.3532330
51Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif.3531320
52Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.3530310
53Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.3527300

*Alternates. **Local entry. #Craig Mueller received $100 for a 300 game. 18-Game Qualifying Leader-Foremsky 2795. 24th Low-Les Schissler 3633. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Curt Schmidt, George Pappas, Jim Maxey, Bob McGregor, Bob Alstott, Alex Seymore.