Columbia 300 Open



$55,000 COLUMBIA 300 OPEN
Cranston Bowl, Cranston, R.I., Aug 4-7, 1972

A 300 Gain For Asher

Barry Asher recorded one of the all-time thrilling come-from-behind victories at Cranston Bowl to win the $55,000 Columbia 300 Open. Twelfth at the start of match play, Asher finally caught faltering tournament leader Don McCune, Munster, Ind., with only two games to go to win the $8,000 first prize offered by Columbia.

The victory was Asher's fifth title, two of which came in 1971, and this one undoubtedly was his finest, as he averaged 224 for 42 games on the final day, the pins fell at a rate of 243 pins per game. Asher had climbed to third by the start of the final block and he won seven of his last eight games, including a position round 237-202 win over McCune, which dropped the Hoosier into third place.

Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex., by virtue of a 204-192 win over Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis., climbed past McCune into second place at the finish and picked up $5,000.

McCune looked for a time as though he would run away with the tournament. He took over the lead after ABC Masters Champ Bill Beach of Sharon, Pa. led the 18-game qualifying. McCune then lengthened his lead steadily, pacing the field by 221 pins going into the final block but he just couldn't stave off Asher.

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 9594 16-7-1 495 10089 $8,000
2Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 9392 17-6-1 525 9917 5,000
3Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9511 13-11-0 390 9901 3,000
4Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo. 9441 15-9-0 450 9891 2,500
5Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 9350 17-5-2 540 9890 2,000
6Bobby Meadows, Houston, Texas 9294 16-8-0 480 9774 1,600
7Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 9322 14-10-0 420 9742 1,300
8Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio 9276 15-8-1 465 9741 1,200
9Angelo D'Ambolo, Bound Brook, N.J. 9311 13-11-0 390 9701 1,150
10Danny Sheranko, Houston, Texas 9137 16-8-0 480 9617 1,100
11Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 9279 11-13-0 330 9609 1,050
12Max Jensen, Lincoln, Neb. 9267 11-13-0 330 9597 1,000
13George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9202 13-11-0 390 9592 950
14Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 9198 9-15-0 270 9468 900
15Jimmy Mack, Hackettstown, N.J. 9091 12-12-0 360 9451 850
16Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y. 9134 8-16-0 240 9374 800
17Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y. 9033 9-15-0 270 9303 750
18Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 8970 10-14-0 300 9270 700
19Tim Albin, No. Hollywood, Calif. 8938 10-13-1 315 9253 650
20Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 8827 11-13-0 330 9157 600
21Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 8862 7-17-0 210 9072 575
22Tom Hudson, Hartville, Ohio 8839 6-18-0 180 9019 550
23Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif. 8727 9-15-0 270 8997 525
24Gary Mage, Vancouver, Wash. 8776 7-17-0 210 8986 500

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Phil Sillia, Cleveland, Ohio3883$490
26Jay Robinson, Santa Susana, Calif.3872400
27Palmer Falgren, Sacramento, Calif.3871395
28Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.3867390
29Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas3863382.50
 Steve Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y.3863382.50
31Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.3856375
32Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La.3854370
33Ken Viveiros, Sunnyvale, Calif.3848365
34John Handegard, Eugene, Ore.3833360
35Rich Bennett, Owego, N.Y.3829352.50
 Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas3829352.50
37Mike McGrath, EI Cerrito, Calif.3827345
38Charles Venable, Brooklyn, N.Y.3818340
39Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.3817335
40Joe Dignam, Seattle, Wash.3814330
41Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y.3813325
42Rich Iula, Bronx, N.Y.3812320
43Butch Holick, Houston, Texas3809310
 Jimmy McHugh, New York, N.Y.3809310
#Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.3809310
46Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.3807300
47Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio3803295
48Bobby Cooper, Houston, Texas3800290
49Larry Lichstein, Windsor Locks, Conn.3799282.50
 Rich Stravato, Cranston, R.I.3799282.50
51Dick Ciprich, Buffalo, N.Y.3795272.50
 Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.3795272.50
53Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.3793265
54Bill Tucker, Detroit, Mich.3790257.50
 Mike Somers, E. Meadow, N.Y.3790257.50
56Jim Lewis, Selkirk, N.Y.3788247.50
 Bobby Jenkins, Atlanta, Ga.3788247.50
58George LeCain, Peabody, Mass.3778240

*Alternate. #Local entry. 18-game qualifying leader Don McCune-4197. 24th low-Jim Godman-3885. PRO-AM CASHERS-$100-Bobby Meadows, Don McCune. $50-Bill Beach, Dale Glenn, Dick Battista, Max Jensen, Dick Weber, Don Russell, Bob Perry, George Pappas, Marty Piraino, Butch Holick, Joe Creno, Sam Flanagan, Mickey Higham, Wayne Zahn, Bill Wallets, Curt Schmidt, Tim Harahan, Jim Godman, Butch Gearhart, Charles Venable, Bobby Cooper, Bill Johnson.