Fresno Open - Archived Standings
$37,500 FRESNO OPEN
Cedar Lanes Fresno, Calif., Jun 23-26, 1972
Right Up Clarke's Allie
Allie Clarke's second championship was a long time coming, but victory was sweet indeed for the 28-year-old Akron, Ohio, pro when he took the $4,000 first place prize in the Fresno Open Bowling Tournament.
Clarke, who first tasted victory in the Portland, Ore., event three years before, used a 300 game in this competition's opening six-game block of qualifying as his springboard. He stayed within earshot of the leaders throughout the 18-game elimination segment, then crashed to the lead position with seven games gone by in the 24-game match play portion of play.
Several pros took pot-shots at the gritty Clarke, but he always came up with the clutch strike or the big game when it was needed most. At the end of the three-day event, Clarke showed a match game record of 15-8-1 with a gross pinfall of 9939. His average over the 42-game route was 225, and his margin of victory over runnerup Don Johnson, also of Akron, was 165 pins.
Nelson Burton, Jr., thrilled a final night crowd at Cedar Lanes when he made a game, but futile, rush on the leaders. In one stretch, the leading money-winner this year shot games of 280, 268, 269 and 279, a total of 1096 and an average of 274.
*Alternate. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50.00 each-Curt Schmidt, Jimmy Wright, George Pappas, Barry Asher, Palmer Fallgren, Sandy Finkelstein 300 Game $100.00 Allie Clarke.