King Louie Open - Archived Standings
$50,000 KING LOUIE OPEN
King Louie West Lanes, Overland Park, Kan., Jan 31-Feb 3, 1973
Knipple Scores In K.C.
Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., became the third new champion on the 1973 winter tour in five weeks when he defeated Mike Lemongello, 209-186, in the finals of the $50,000 King Louie Open.
Besides Knipple, there was Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, and a trio of New Yorkers: Lemongello, Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, and Jimmy McHugh, New York City, in the five-man finals.
Knipple found himself in the finals against Lemongello, who had won at these same King Louie West lanes in 1968, and who had led the qualifying and match game play virtually throughout the tournament. But Lemongello lost his touch late in the title game and it cost him the trophy. He led by 14 pins early in the game when Knipple suffered a 4-6 split and upped his lead to 19 pins in the seventh frame.
Then disaster struck Lemongello. He left a 4-6 split in the ninth frame, at a time when Knipple had put together two strikes in the eighth and ninth frames. Lemongello then finished with a 186 and Knipple doubled in the 10th frame to clinch his hard-earned title.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Dickinson defeated McHugh, 191-179; Schlegel defeated Dickinson, 209-199; Knipple defeated Schlegel, 176-159; and in the championship game Knipple defeated Lemongello, 209-186. 42-GAME TOTALS 18-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Lemongello 3898. 24th low-Hardwick 3750. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50-Bill Tucker, Gil Sliker, Lou Scalia, Joe Dignam, Wayne Zahn, Dick Weber.
*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Lemongello 3898. 24th low-Hardwick 3750. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50-Bill Tucker, Gil Sliker, Lou Scalia, Joe Dignam, Wayne Zahn, Dick Weber.