American Airlines Open



$50,000 AMERICAN AIRLINES OPEN
Western Bowl, St. Louis, Mo., Nov 10-13, 1972

Perfect Landing For Anthony

Earl Anthony, emerged from a taut duel with Don McCune to win the $50,000 American Airlines Open at Western Bowl. A 300 game in the next to the last game of the tournament, sandwiched in a string of 23 strikes, clinched the victory for Anthony, who had been dueling with McCune since the first block of the tournament.

Going into the final eight games of match play, Anthony held a 46-pin margin over McCune, but Anthony lost his first two games and watched McCune gain the lead. He finally notched a 234, finishing with six strikes then strung together 12 more strikes for the 300 game. He opened his next to the last game with seven more strikes for a 238-217 win over McCune in the position round championship game.

The victory was his third of the year. He won two in a row in the summer, at Portland, Ore., and a week later at Redwood City, Calif.

Anthony and McCune spread-eagled the star-studded field. Jimmy McHugh, New York, N.Y., was third, 337 pins behind McCune, who trailed Anthony, 10,382 actual and bonus pins, to McCune's 10,291. Anthony averaged 236 for the 42 games.

Two other 300 games spiced the action. Bob Hood, San Francisco, Cal., and Chet Dziedzina, Chicago, Ill., both connected on the perfectos, and they held the spotlight until Anthony and McCune locked in their nose-to-nose battle. McCune, who was second in the American Airlines Open here a year ago, won 14 of his last 15 games in an effort to nail Anthony.

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
#1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 9932 15-9-0 450 10382 $6,000
2Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9721 18-4-2 570 10291 3,200
3Jimmy McHugh, New York, N.Y. 9526 14-10-0 420 9946 2,500
4Mike Lemongello, Islip, N.Y, 9440 14-10-0 420 9860 2,000
5Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 9435 13-10-1 405 9840 1,600
6Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 9338 15-9-0 450 9788 1,500
7Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio 9338 14-10-0 420 9758 1,400
8Larry Lichstein, Suffield, Conn. 9379 11-11-2 360 9739 1,300
9Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 9305 14-10-0 420 9725 1,200
10Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 9366 11-12-1 345 9711 1,150
11Bill Tucker, Detroit, Mich. 9308 12-12-0 360 9668 1,100
12Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 9219 12-12-0 360 9579 1,050
13Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 9163 13-10-1 405 9568 1,000
14Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 9205 12-12-0 360 9565 950
@15John Talbot, Little Rock, Ark. 9310 8-16-0 240 9550 900
16Jim Stefanich, Joliet, III. 9276 8-15-1 255 9531 850
17Mike McGrath, EI Cerrito, Calif. 9129 13-11-0 390 9519 800
18Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 9108 11-13-0 330 9438 750
19Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas 9105 10-13-1 315 9420 700
20Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y. 9117 9-13-2 300 9417 650
21Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y. 9101 8-16-0 240 9341 600
22Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 9041 8-16-0 240 9281 550
23John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 8991 8-15-1 255 9246 525
@24Ray Orf, St. Louis, Mo. 8864 11-13-0 330 9194 500

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.3946$480
26Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.3943372.50
 Bobby Williams, Detroit, Mich.3943372.50
28Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.3930350
29Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio3922340
30Rich Bennett, Owego, N.Y.3918335
31Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.3916330
32Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio3915325
33Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La.3913320
34Doak McDonnell, Burkburnett, Texas3912315
35Don Glover, South Bend, Ind.3903310
36Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.3901305
37Joe Dignam, Seattle, Wash.3900300
38Tim Albin, Hollywood, Calif.3899295
39Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.3891290
40Dave Juric, Crest Hill, Ill.3883285
41Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.3882280
42Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.3875275
43Palmer Falgren, Sacramento, Calif.3872267.50
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.3872267.50
45Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.3866260
46Terry Booth, Mt. View, Calif.3863252.50
 Jim Wantland, York, Pa.3863252.50
48Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif.3855245

*Alternate. @Local entries. #Chet Dzeidzina, Bob Hood and Earl Anthony received $100 for 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader-Anthony 4255. 24th low-Orf 3947. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50-Chet Dziedzina, Bob Strampe, Curt Schmidt, Bill Beach, Teata Semiz, Jim Stefanich.