Lincoln-Mercury Open - Archived Standings
$85,000 LINCOLN-MERCURY OPEN
Pelican Lanes, New Orleans, La., Feb 6-10, 1973
Carmen: A Reprise
"We've been crossing a long, dry desert for several years, but Carmen got to the waterhole first."
The speaker was veteran Bob Strampe just minutes after Carmen Salvino Chicago, Ill., had beaten him for the title in the $85,000 Lincoln-Mercury Open at Pelican Lanes in New Orleans.
An obviously happy Salvino stood a few feet away, waiting his turn to step before the cameras and receive a check for $10,000 and the keys to a new Mercury Montego. The victory for Salvino had been a long time coming, his last previous title coming in 1968 in Caracas, Venezuela. His 1973 triumph was, by Carmen's own admission, "my best ever," and he won it the hard way, overcoming four opponents.
In the title set-to Strampe had just two bad balls, in the fourth and tenth frames, missing the headpin each time, while Salvino put together a string of five strikes, starting in the sixth frame. That spelled victory for Salvino, 245-204.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Salvino defeated Swayda, 225-183; Salvino defeated Lampo, 248-212; Salvino defeated Seymore, 236-216, and in the championship game Salvino defeated Strampe, 245-204. + - plus new car. 18-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Salvino 3912. 24th low-Petraglia 3685. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50-Jim Godman, Bob Strampe, Steve Buell, Charlie Venable, Tim Albin, Ernie Schlegel.
*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Salvino 3912. 24th low-Petraglia 3685. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50-Jim Godman, Bob Strampe, Steve Buell, Charlie Venable, Tim Albin, Ernie Schlegel.