Fair Lanes Open



$60,000 FAIR LANES OPEN
Fair Lanes, Towson, Md., Feb 13-17, 1973

Ritger "Fairs" Well

By the slender margin of three pins, Dick Ritger claimed his 11th title when he defeated Don McCune, 225-222, in the championship game of the $60,000 Fair Lanes Open.

A consistent casher all winter, Ritger had yet to win a title, but he defeated McCune and Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio, to claim the $7,000 winner's prize before a packed crowd at Fair Lanes Towson.

Ritger opened the title game with four straight strikes, but McCune struck, spared and notched three more strikes of his own to stay close to the Wisconsinite until the sixth frame. Then McCune left a 6-10 split, and a frame later Ritger converted a 3-10 split, and that margin held up to the end, despite four of five closing strikes by McCune.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wisc.441 (2 games)$7,000
2Don McCune, Munster, Ind.222 (1 game)4,000
3Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio616 (3 games)2,500
4Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.192 (1 game)2,000
5Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y.190 (1 game)1,800

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Johnson defeated Schlegel, 192-190; Johnson defeated Knipple, 235-192; Ritger defeated Johnson, 216-189; and in the championship game Ritger defeated McCune, 225-222.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9156 15-8-1 465 9621 
2Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 8872 16-8-0 480 9352 
3Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 8935 11-12-1 345 9280 
4Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio 8730 16-7-1 495 9225 
5Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 8757 15-9-0 450 9207 
*6Chris Buck, London, England 8726 16-8-0 480 9206 $1,650
7George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8805 12-11-1 375 9180 1,400
8Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif. 8779 13-11-0 390 9169 1,300
9Don Russell, San Diego, Calif. 8750 12-12-0 360 9110 1,250
10Larry O'Neill, Silver Springs, Md. 8720 12-12-0 360 9080 1,200
11Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 8720 11-13-0 330 9050 1,150
12Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif. 8649 12-11-1 375 9024 1,100
13Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo. 8583 14-10-0 420 9003 1,050
14Neil Brown, Hazelton, Pa. 8622 12-11-1 375 8997 1,000
15Louis Moore, Columbus, Ohio 8604 13-11-0 390 8994 950
16John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 8684 10-14-0 300 8984 900
17Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8648 11-13-0 330 8978 850
18Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8634 11-13-0 330 8964 800
19Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 8656 9-14-1 285 8941 750
20Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 8468 11-13-0 330 8798 700
21Butch Soper, Los Angeles, Calif. 8462 10-14-0 300 8762 650
22Bob Hood, San Francisco, Calif. 8499 8-15-1 255 8754 600
23Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo. 8537 7-17-0 210 8747 550
24Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 8509 7-17-0 210 8719 500

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Jimmy McHugh, New York, N.Y.3703$397.50
 Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.3703397.50
*27Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas3702465
28Steve Neff, New Orleans, La.3700385
29Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio3693380
30Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y.3691375
31Mike McGrath, EI Cerrito, Calif.3685370
32Art Trask, Miami, Fla.3683365
33Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.3681360
34Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.3679355
35Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y.3674350
36Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.3671345
37Wayne Sheridan, Richmond, Va.3670340
38Tye Critchlow, Los Angeles, Calif.3662335
39Dwayne Martin, Wichita, Kan.3651330
40Bobby Williams, Detroit, Mich.3650325
41Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.3646317.50
 Mike Somers, E. Meadow, L.I., N.Y.3646317.50
43Steve Buell, Salt Lake City, Utah3644307.50
 Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J.3644307.50
45Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.3639300
46Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif.3636295
47Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.3631290
48Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.3628285
49Barry Warshafsky, Watertown, Mass.3624280
50Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas3618275
51Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La.3617267.50
@Jim Robinette, Alexandria, Va.3617267.50
53Rich Bennett, Owego, N.Y.3611260
54Bob Stearns, Minneapolis, Minn.3606255
55Sam Guarino, Detroit, Mich.3602250
56Jim Maxey, Atlanta, Ga.3596245
57Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.3595240
58Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif.3592235

*Alternate. @Local entry. 18-game qualifying leader-McCune 4037. 24th low-Roth 3711. PRO-AM CASHERS-$100-Don McCune. $75-Dave Soutar. $50-Gary Madison, Teata Semiz, Dick Weber, Paul Colwell, Doak McDonnell, Carmen Salvino, Dan Roche, Jerry Buchholz, Larry Laub, Tim Albin and Johnny Petraglia. $25-Bobby Jenkins, Skee Foremsky, Dennis Swayda.