Brut Open



$50,000 BRUT OPEN
Skylark Bowl, St. Louis, Mo., Nov 9-13, 1973

Gearhart Shows Brut Strength

Butch Gearhart joined a select group of professional bowlers when he won the $50,000 Brut Open at Skylark Bowl in St. Louis.

He topped all four opponents in a televised step-ladder elimination format to win the championship, topping number one seeded Skee Foremsky, another Houstonian, 245-181, in the title game. The 245 was icing on the cake for Gearhart, who totalled 954 pins for his four games, an average of 238, to capture the first prize of $5,000.

The victory was the fifth of his career and represented a personal triumph for him, also, as he was just recovering from a back injury suffered in an auto accident early in the summer.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas954 (4 games)$5,000
2Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas181 (1 game)2,800
3Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.212 (1 game)2,200
4Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.174 (1 game)1,800
5Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.246 (1 game)1,600

PLAYOFF RESULTS -Gearhart defeated Petraglia, 259-246; Gearhart defeated Anthony, 236-174; Gearhart defeated Helling, 214-212, and in the championship game Gearhart defeated Foremsky, 245-181.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas 9370 13-11-0 390 9760 
2Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo. 9312 14-10-0 420 9732 
3Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 9216 16-8-0 480 9696 
4Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas 9143 18-6-0 540 9683 
5Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9225 11-13-0 330 9555 
*6Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 9042 15-9-0 450 9492 $1,500
7Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9054 14-10-0 420 9474 1,400
8Don Russell, San Diego, Calif. 9019 14-9-1 435 9454 1,300
9Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 9071 12-12-0 360 9431 1,200
10Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 8989 14-10-0 420 9409 1,150
11Don Glover, Del Ray Beach, Fla. 8936 14-9-1 435 9371 1,100
12Mike McGrath, St. Louis, Mo. 9036 11-13-0 330 9366 1,050
13Bobby Cooper, Mexico City, Mexico 9038 10-13-1 315 9353 1,000
14Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 8828 12-11-1 375 9203 950
15Gary Patterson, St. Louis, Mo. 8868 11-13-0 330 9198 900
16Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio 8851 11-13-0 330 9181 850
17Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio 8977 6-17-1 195 9172 800
16Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio 8851 11-13-0 330 9181 850
17Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio 8977 6-17-1 195 9172 800
18Ernie Schlegel, New York, N.Y. 8862 10-14-0 300 9162 750
19Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 8828 10-14-0 300 9128 725
20Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8759 11-12-1 345 9104 700
21Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 8803 10-14-0 300 9103 675
22Ted Malicki Cleveland, Ohio 8809 8-16-0 240 9049 650
23Bob Perry, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 8675 12-12-0 360 9035 625
24Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif. 8726 8-16-0 240 8966 600

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y.3808$565
26Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.3805475
27Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio3802460
28Don McCune, Munster, Ind.3797450
29Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.3796435
 George Fejes, Akron, Ohio3796435
31Bill Tucker, Detroit, Mich.3792420
32Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Park, N.Y.3787410
33Vic Pettit, Tampa, Fla.3780400
34Paul Aarestad, Minneapolis, Minn.3776390
35Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas3771380
36Arnold Goldman, Southfield, Mich.3767365
 Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif.3767365
38Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.3766350
39Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.3764345
40Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.3758337.50
 Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio3758337.50
42Dick Thompson, Youngstown, Ohio3755330
43Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio353322.50
 Mike Lemongello, St. Paul, Minn.3753322.50
45Mike Somers, East Meadow, N.Y.3751307.50
 Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo.3751307.50
47Sandy Finkelstein, Cortland, N.Y.374305
48Fred Jaskie, Milwaukee, Wis.3741300
49Tom Hudson, Akron, Ohio3735300
50Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.3732300
51Ron Lisher, San Francisco, Calif.3730300
52Tom Franklin, Gahanna, Ohio3725300
53Norm Friedmeyer, St. Louis, Mo.3722300

*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Don Johnson 4137. 24th low-Bob Perry 3815. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Don Johnson, Johnny Petraglia, Carmen Salvino, Larry Laub, Skee Foremsky, Steve Neff.