PBA National Championship
$70,000 PBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Hilander Bowling Palace, Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 26-Sep 1, 1973
Anthony Does Hilander Fling
Earl Anthony, wound up his tournament activity on the summer tour by winning the $70,000 Home Box Office PBA National Championship at Hilander Bowling Palace in Oklahoma City.
Anthony defeated Sam Flanagan, 212-189, in the championship game to record his second title of the year andseventh in his professional bowling career. He won at Seattle, Wash., in June. The victory was worth $8,000 to thecrew-cut veteran who has gained national prominence on the tour in the last four years.
For Flanagan, the defeat was a heart-breaker. It was his highest finish ever in PBA tournament warfare, and he mastered three opponents to make it to the championship game against Anthony.
Anthony, Flanagan, George Pappas, Gary Dickinson and Dave Davis made up the finals field. Anthony was top-seeded because of some superlative bowling throughout the week at Jack James' establishment.
In the championship finals, televised via pay cable television to parts of the East Coast by Home Box Office, Flanagan clashed with Davis in the first match, and when Davis missed two spares and left two splits, Flanagan claimed an easy 193-145 victory.
Two-time champion Dickinson was next up and Flanagan mastered him, 236-218; then in the next game, Flanagan closed with nine straight strikes after two early splits to topple Pappas, 247-236.
In the title match, Flanagan continued to bowl well early in the game, opening up a 19-pin lead over Anthony in the fourth frame. Flanagan then was victimized by a 4-6-7split in the eighth frame, and Anthony's three closing strikes cemented his victory.
PLAYOFF RESULTS--Flanagan defeated Davis, 193-145; Flanagan defeated Dickinson, 236-218; Flanagan defeated Pappas, 247-236, and in the championship game, Anthony defeated Flanagan, 212189. 56-GAME TOTALS 32-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. #Received for 300 games. 32-game qualifying leader-Flanagan 7,000. 24th low-Buell 6,723. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Skee Foremsky, Sam Flanagan, Tim Albin, Bill Beach, Jim Stefanich, Don McCune.
*Alternate. #Received for 300 games. 32-game qualifying leader-Flanagan 7,000. 24th low-Buell 6,723. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Skee Foremsky, Sam Flanagan, Tim Albin, Bill Beach, Jim Stefanich, Don McCune.