STP Classic



$80,000 STP CLASSIC
Bird Bowl, Miami, Fla., Mar 20-24, 1973

Ritger Wins Second Title In '73

Dick Ritger firmly established himself as one of the favorites to win the Firestone Tournament of Champions with his outstanding victory in the $80,000 STP Classic. Ritger's victory came from a 246-194 win over Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash., who last fall had upset Ritger for the PBA National Championship at Rochester, N.Y.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wise.246 (1 game)$10,000
2Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.381 (2 games)6,000
3Bob Strampe, Warren, Mich.592 (3 games)4,000
4Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif.194 (1 game)3,000
5Bobby Cooper, Houston, Texas190 (1 game)2,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Strampe defeated Cooper, 204-190; Strampe defeated Soutar, 201-194; Strampe and Guenther tied, 187-187, in 10-frames and Guenther won two-frame rolloff, 58-50. In the championship game Ritger defeated Guenther, 246-194.

42-GAMETOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wise. 9171 15-9-0 450 9621 
2Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9013 15-9-0 450 9463 
3Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 8961 15-8-8 465 9426 
4Bobby Cooper, Houston, Texas 8975 13-11-0 390 9365 
5Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 8876 15-8-1 465 9341 
*6Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 8988 11-13-0 330 9318 $2,050
7Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo. 8847 15-9-0 450 9297 1,900
8Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif. 8935 12-12-0 360 9295 1,800
9Steve Neff, New Orleans, La. 8781 17-7-0 510 9291 1,700
10Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz. 8938 11-13-0 330 9268 1,600
11Jimmy McHugh, New York, N.Y. 8880 12-11-1 375 9255 1,450
 Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 8925 11-13-0 330 9255 1,450
13Dave Davis, Miami, Fla. 8782 15-9-0 450 9232 1,350
14Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 8838 13-11-0 390 9228 1,300
15Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y. 8876 11-13-0 330 9206 1,250
16Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N.Y. 8748 13-11-0 390 9138 1,200
17Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif. 8803 10-14-0 300 9103 1,150
18Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 8699 12-12-0 360 9059 1,100
19Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 8691 11-11-2 360 9051 1,050
**20Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.
(includes 49 pin penalty)
 8828 8-14-2 270 9049 1,025
21Bill Tucker, Detroit, Mich. 8584 11-13-0 330 8914 950
22Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8689 7-17-0 210 8899 900
23Bob Hood, San Francisco, Calif. 8516 6-17-1 195 8711 850
24Bob Perry, Paterson, N.J. 8479 5-19-0 150 8629 800

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
**25Bobby Williams, Detroit, Mich.3783$590
*26Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif.3767615
27Ted Malicki, Cleveland, Ohio3766540
28Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La.3763530
29Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.3749520
30Gary Madison, San Bernardino, Calif.3738510
31Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.3737500
32Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio3734485
 Don McCune, Munster, Ind.3734485
34Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.3733470
35Barry Warshafsky, Watertown, Mass.3732460
36Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.3731450
37Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y.3728440
38Rich Stravato, Cranston, R.I.3723430
39Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va.3722420
40Bob Strampe, Minneapolis, Minn.3721410
41Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas3719400
42Eddie Cook, Florence, S.C.3718385
 Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.3718385
44Don Russell, San Diego, Calif.3717370
45John Handegard, Eugene, Ore.3713360
46Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.3708350
47Sam Guarino, Detroit, Mich.3707335
 Art Trask, Miami, Fla.3707335
49Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.3706320
50Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J.3704312.50
 Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.3704312.50
52George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.3703305
53Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.3696300
@54Manley Sutton, Miami, Fla.3693300

*Alternate. @Local entry. Dale Glenn received $100 for 300 game. **Billy Hardwick replaced Bobby Williams in the finals when Williams' ball was disqualified for extra hole. Hardwick was penalized 49 pins on entry into the finals, and Williams was placed 25th. 18-game qualifying leader-Ritger 3944. 24th low-Robinson 3781. PRO-AM CASHERS -$50-Gary Dickinson, Don Helling, Jim Stefanich, Carmen Salvino, Larry Lichstein, Dick Weber, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia. $25-Dennis Swayda and Jay Robinson.