Winston-Salem Open - Archived Standings
$50,000 WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
Brunswick Wonderbowl Anaheim, Calif., Jul 7-10, 1972
"Sixth" Sense For McGrath
After a victory drought of nearly two years, Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif., broke through to victory in the $50,000 Winston-Salem Open. McGrath's victory, the sixth of his career, was the first since he won the PBA National Championship at Garden City, L.I., in the fall of 1970, and the win was not an easy one as he had to go down to the championship position round game before laying claim to the trophy and the $6,000 winner's check from the makers of Winston and Salem cigarettes.
The slim California had taken the lead away from qualifying leader Don Johnson, Akron, 0., right after the start of match game play and won seven of his first eight games of competition at Brunswick Wonderbowl.
His lead started to dwindle going into the finals, as he led rookie Bob Singleton, Houston, Tex., by only three pins, and then dipped to second behind Singleton after the first game on the final night. A 220-166 win over Jimmy Wright Corpus Christi, Tex., in the very next game put McGrath back into the lead and he held it down to the wire, defeating Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 215-169 in the position round game.
When Schmidt could muster only that 169 against McGrath he surrendered second place to Larry Laub, San Francisco, Cal., because Laub came up with a big 268-246 win over Earl Anthony on the adjoining pair of lanes.
*Alternate. #Local entry. @ Hood replaced Gearhart in finals and was penalized 194 pins. Hood and Gearhart divided 22nd and 25th place money and won $490 each. Asher received $50 additional for alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Johnson 4073. 24th low-Foremsky, Hood tied 3779, Foremsky defeated Hood in one-game roll-off for 24th spot. Pro-Am cashers-$50-Jim Godman, Max Jensen, Marty Piraino, Jimmy Wright, Carmen Salvino, Nelson Burton, Jr.