Lincoln-Mercury Open



$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.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
+1Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill954 (4 games)$10,000
2Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.204 (1 game)6,000
3Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.216 (1 game)4,000
4Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y.212 (1 game)3,500
5Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.183 (1 game)3,000

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.
42-GAME TOTALS Bonus Total

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 8868 17-7-0 510 9378 
2Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 8908 13-11-0 390 9298 
3Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y. 8892 13-11-0 390 9282 
4Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz. 8846 12-11-1 375 9221 
5Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8815 13-11-0 390 9205 
*6Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8707 14-9-1 435 9142 $2,750
7Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 8699 13-8-3 435 9134 2,400
8Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif. 7845 12-11-1 375 9120 2,200
9Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo. 8726 13-11-0 390 9116 2,000
10Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C. 8764 11-13-0 330 9094 1,900
11Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 8698 13-11-0 390 9088 1,800
12Tim Albin, No. Hollywood, Calif. 8647 14-10-0 420 9067 1,700
13Mike Lemongello, Islip, N.Y. 8660 12-12-0 360 9020 1,550
 Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif. 8630 13-11-0 390 9020 1,550
15Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo. 8590 13-10-1 405 8995 1,450
16Ted Malicki, Cleveland, Ohio 8616 12-11-1 375 8991 1,400
17Jim Maxey, Atlanta, Ga. 8616 12-12-0 360 8976 1,350
18Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 8594 11-12-1 345 8939 1,300
19Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 8557 12-11-1 375 8932 1,250
20Don Russell, San Diego, Calif. 8599 10-14-0 300 8899 1,200
21Dean Courtade, New Orleans, La. 8454 8-16-0 240 8694 1,150
22John Floyd, Bossier City, La. 8383 7-17-0 210 8593 1,100
23Max Jensen, Lincoln, Neb. 8380 7-17-0 210 8590 1,050
24Gary Cea, Everett, Wash. 8343 8-16-0 240 8583 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.3681$855
26Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.3675730
27Bobby Williams, Detroit, Mich.3659680
28Jeff Valentine, Boston, Mass.3658640
29Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.3657600
30Mike Barth, Kansas City, Kan.3656570
31Louis Moore, Columbus, Ohio3652540
32Larry Laub, San Francisco, Cal.3651520
33Gary Madison, San Bernardino, Calif.3650500
34Jimmy McHugh, New York, N.Y.3637480
35Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.3636460
36George Pappas Charlotte N.C.3635450
37Vial Blanke Metairie, La.3634440
38Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.3630425
 Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.3630425
40Bob Stearns, Minneapolis, Minn.3629410
41Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.3624400
42Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y.3623390
43Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y.3617375
 Wayne Sheridan, Richmond, Va.3617375
45Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.3611360
46Sandy Finkelstein, Cortland, N.Y.3608350
47Dwane Martin, Wichita, Kan.3607345
48Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.3589340
49Bobby Cooper, Houston, Texas3583335
50Fred Jaskie, Milwaukee, Wis.3579330
51Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.3575325
52Bob Singleton, Houston, Texas3565320
53Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio3561315
54Frank Smith, Sacramento, Calif.3557310
55Tom Hudson, Akron, Ohio3556305
56Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J.3553150
 Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.3553150

*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.