$35,000 SEATTLE OPEN
Ballinger Bowl Seattle, Wash., Jun 2-5, 1972
Mage Becomes A Champ
Gary Mage's first tournament triumph was a long time coming, but he picked a happy "hometown" crowd for his big show when he won the $35,000 Seattle Open.
Another local favorite, Earl Anthony from nearby Tacoma, was a close second and for a time it looked as though he would upset Mage's victory cart when he took the lead briefly during finals play.
Mage, from neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has been both a full-time and part-time tourist on the tournament trail for a number of years. He led the qualifying rounds with a 235-plus average and jumped into a comfortable 236-pin lead over Anthony at the end of the second eight games of match play. However, Mage lost his first game Monday night while Anthony, who won this tournament and set several world records two years ago, won his first one.
Then Anthony startled Mage and the spectators at Ballinger Bowl by rolling a 300 against Mage in the third game, while Mage was garnering only a 192. When Anthony won his third straight game, he suddenly found himself in the lead but surrendered it one game later when he lost while Mage bounced back with a victory.
Mage then hung on through the final four games, including a 256-254 position round win over Anthony, to clinch the title.
He doubled in the 10th frame to preserve the hard-won victory.
*Alternate. @Local entry. #Jay Robinson and Earl Anthony received $100 for 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader-Mage 4236. 24th low-Foremsky 3925. Pro-Am Cashed $50-Jim St. John, Tim Harahan, Skee Foremsky, Bob Hood, Palmer Fallgren, Roy Buckley.