Lincoln-Mercury Open



$85,000 LINCOLN-MERCURY OPEN
Colorado Bowl, Denver, Colo., Mar 12-16, 1974

"Gunner" On Target

Two of the most popular professional bowlers from the Pacific Northwest tangled in the finals of the $85,000 Lincoln-Mercury Open and it was Johnny Guenther who came away the winner.

The Seattle pro upset Earl Anthony, 225-205, in the championship game to win the $10,000 first prize and a new Cougar automobile.

Anthony was top-seeded into the championship game after the world's best bowlers had treated Denver fans at Colorado Bowl to a great display of scoring which produced five perfect games during the preliminary firing.

Anthony was one of those who notched a 300 and he was joined by Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif., who had two, Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Pete Couture, Lewiston, Maine.

Guenther qualified for the 24-man finals in 12th place after Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif., averaged nearly 237 to lead the 18-game qualifying. Guenther then had to catch Anthony, who won 15 of his first 16 games to carry a healthy margin into the position round game, which saw veteran Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo., Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio, and Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J., also gain the five-man finals field.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
+1Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.444 (2 games)$10,000
2Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.205 (1 game)6,000
3Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.685 (3 games)4,000
4Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio199 (1 game)3,500
5Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.221 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Weber defeated Semiz, 279-221; Weber defeated Buckley, 215-199; Guenther defeated Weber, 219-191, and in the championship game Guenther defeated Anthony, 225-205. + - plus new car.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
#1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 9937 17-7-0 510 10447 
2Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9764 15-81-1 465 10229 
3Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 9763 15-9-0 450 10213 
4Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 9788 12-10-2 390 10178 
5Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 9745 13-11-0 390 10135 
#*6Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 9641 16-8-0 480 10121 $2,850
7Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo. 9661 14-9-1 435 10096 2,600
8Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va. 9695 12-10-2 390 10085 2,400
9Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 9681 13-11-0 390 10071 2,200
10Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 9591 14-10-0 420 10011 2,000
11Ernie Schlegel, Menlo Park, Calif. 9646 12-12-0 360 10006 1,900
12Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 9609 12-12-0 360 9969 1,800
13Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo. 9624 11-13-0 330 9954 1,700
14Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 9535 12-12-0 360 9895 1,600
15Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif. 9616 8-15-1 255 9871 1,500
16Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 9389 13-11-0 390 9779 1,400
17Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 9442 10-14-0 300 9742 1,325
 Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 9427 10-13-1 315 9742 1,325
*&19Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.
(includes 196-pin penalty)
 9533 11-12-1 345 9682 1,090
20Bobby Cooper, Dallas, Texas 9443 7-17-0 210 9653 1,200
21Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9300 11-13-0 330 9630 1,150
22Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 9304 9-15-0 270 9574 1,100
23Pete Couture, Lewiston, Maine 9181 10-13-1 315 9496 1,050
24H.A. Salem, Denver, Colo. 8869 6-18-0 180 9049 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
&25George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. (26 games)5880$1,065
*26Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.4059880
27Dick Minier, Aron, Ohio4057780
28Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio4055750
29Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.4051720
30Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y.4050690
31Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.4034660
32Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.4027630
33Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y.4014600
34Dan Roche, South Bend, Ind.4011570
35Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.4005540
36Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio4001510
 Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas4001510
38Bruce Ritchie, Seattle, Wash.3998480
39Art Trask, Miami, Fla.3993460
40Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio3982440
41Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.398140
42Vial lanke, New Orleans, La.3976200
 Denny Torgerson, Des Moines, Iowa396200

*Alternates. #Rich Carrubba received $200 for two 300 games. Pete Couture, Curt Schmidt and Earl Anthony each received $100 for 300 games. &Sliker replaced Pappas in the finals after eight games of match play and took penalty of 196 pins when Pappas withdrew because of injury. They split 19th and 25th-place money, each winning $1,065 and Sliker received $25 additional for alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Glenn 4272. 24th low-Zikes 4069. PRO-AM CASHERS-$100-Roy Buckley. $50 each-Tim Harahan, Dick Weber, Don McCune and Don Glover.