Grand Rapids Open



$40,000 GRAND RAPIDS OPEN
Westgate Bowl Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug 25-28, 1972

"Grand" Victory For Godman

Veteran Jim Godman was much the best throughout and as a result was an easy victor in the $40,000 Grand Rapids Open staged once again at Westgate Bowl. One of three former T of C tit lists in the strong field, Godman was the leader at the end of each of the six blocks that comprised the event, faltering only one on his way to his seventh crown.

Leading by what appeared to be a comfortable margin of 359 Pins during the next-to-last block of match games, Godman slipped somewhat in that session and with only two clashes left in that block, he saw his lead all but vanish. Jim tefanich, Joliet, Ill., who also captured the $25,000 first-place prize in the T of C, shot a 300 game at that point. Coupled with the eventual winner's sub-par effort, the lead dropped to only ten sticks.

But, Godman rallied at that point and when the 24 finalists took their break, he had padded his lead once again and he went into the last set with a 150-pin lead. When he averaged 233-plus, while losing only one of his final eight games, Godman put daylight between him and the lineup.

With 16 match game wins and an overall pace of 227 for 42 games, Godman showed a gross pinfall of 10,023, which gave him a 312-pin edge over runnerup Stefanich.

There was one other perfect game during the three-day proceedings, that by Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex., who shot his 12-striker during the final six-game qualifying round.

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 9543 16-8-0 480 10023 $4,000
2Jim Stefanich Joliet, III. 9261 15-9-0 450 9711 2,200
3Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9250 14-10-0 420 9670 1,500
4Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 9211 14-10-0 420 9631 1,200
5Don Johnson, Akron Ohio 9170 13-11-0 390 9560 1,100
6Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis Mo. 9126 11-12-1 345 9471 1,050
7Mike McGrath, EI Cerrito, Calif. 8920 18-6-0 540 9460 1,000
8Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 9054 12-12-0 360 9414 925
 Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 8994 14-10-0 420 9414 925
10Curt Schmidt Ft. Wayne, Ind. 9065 11-13-0 330 9395 850
11Matt Surina, Kelso, Wash. 8922 14-9-1 435 9357 825
12Jimmy McHugh, New York N.Y. 8998 10-14-0 300 9298 800
13George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8928 12-12-0 360 9288 775
14Leo Mann, Twin Cities, Minn. 8893 13-11-0 390 9283 737.50
 Bobby Meadows, Houston, Texas 8983 10-14-0 300 9283 737.50
16Jay Robinson, Santa Susana, Calif. 8870 11-12-1 345 9215 700
17Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La. 8910 10-14-0 300 9210 675
18Mike Lemongello, Islip, N.Y. 8847 12-12-0 360 9207 650
19John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 8807 12-12-0 360 9167 625
20Jimmy Wright, San Antonio, Texas 8791 8-16-0 240 9031 600
21Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 8670 10-14-0 300 8970 575
22Timmy Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif. 8680 9-14-1 285 8965 550
23Ken Vincek, Chicago, Ill. 8527 9-15-0 270 8797 525
24Ron Stromfeld, Columbus, Ohio 8426 8-16-0 240 8666 500

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio3798$485
26John Bennett, Lansing, Mich.3795371.67
 Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas3795371.67
 Max Jensen, Lincoln, Neb.3795371.66
29Bill Beach Sharon, Pa.3792352.50
 Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.3792352.50
31Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas3781345
32Bobby Cooper, Houston, Texas377733.50
 Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.3777337.50
34Alex Seymore Chicago, Ill.3766330
35Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.3754325
36Joe Dignam, Seattle, Wash.3753317.50
 Bobby Williams Detroit, Mich.3753317.50
38Bob Alstott, Joliet, Ill.3751310
39Sandy Finelstein Cortland, N.Y.3749305
40Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.3743300
41Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo.3738295
42Sam Guarino Detroit, Mich.3737290
43Ray Franklin, Portland, Mich.3732285
44Dennis Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio3730280
45Jeff Valentine Natick, Mass.3728275
46Bob Sedlacek, Ozone Park, N.Y.3717270
47Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.3700265
48Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y.3694260
49Jim Wantland, York, Pa.3691255
50George Fejes, Akron, Ohio3686250
51Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.3680242.50
 Bill Wallets, No. Olmstead, Ohio3680242.50
53Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y.3679235

*Alternate-PRO-AM CASHERS-$50.00-Allie Clarke, Rich Carrubba, Bobby Cooper, Larry Laub, Don Crouse, Ken Viveiros. 300 GAMES-$100-Gary Dickinson, Jim Stefanich. 18-game qualifying leader-Jim Godman-4061. 24th low-Pappas-3802.