Japan Gold Cup
JAPAN GOLD CUP
Tokyo, Japan, Sep 23-Oct 8, 1972
Asher Triumphs In Japan
Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif., took four consecutive matches in the championship playoffs to win the annual Japan Gold Cup tournament in Tokyo.
In the title game, which, along with his three other victories were taped for national television showing in Japan, Asher defeated qualifying leader Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill., 248-237, for the title.
Asher was fourth at the end of 54 games of qualifying competition, which featured match game play throughout, and he promptly moved up the ladder in the finals by disposing of Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 238-193; Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio, 268-111, and then Dave Soutar, Tarzana, Calif., 204-196.
In the payoff game, Asher and Salvino were pin-for-pin in the early going, and when Salvino struck out from the eighth frame for his 237 he forced Asher to strike in the 10th frame. Asher did, and added another strike and nine count to win the $2,000 first prize.
Two Japanese bowlers, M. Ike and P. Ryu of Tokyo, finished eighth and ninth in the tournament which saw eight Americans and as many Japanese bowlers compete. Ike and Ryu represented Japan in the $85,000 Brunswick World Open last November.
The tournament, sponsored by T. Horiike and Japan Starlanes, was contested in bowling centers in Osaka, Sukyama and Nagoya and the finals at Starlanes in Tokyo. The players also traveled extensively to give a number of exhibitions and clinics.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Asher defeated Schmidt, 238-193; Asher defeated Buckley 268-211; Asher defeated Soutar, 204196, and in the championship game Asher defeated Salvino, 248-237.