Winston-Salem Open



$55,000 WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
Valley Lanes, Portland, Ore., Jun 22-26, 1974

Dickinson Strikes Again

Gary Dickinson turned a 4-6 split in the fifth frame of the championship game of the $55,000 Winston-Salem Open into a string of strikes that carried him to a victory over Butch Soper.

Down by 20 pins in the fourth frame, Dickinson turned away in disgust as he seemingly left the 4-6 on his first ball in the fifth. But, almost magically, a pin came off the deck, tipped the six, which toppled the four, and Dickinson had a strike.

To the consternation of Soper, who had gained the plaudits of the packed crowd in three previous victories, the strike was the first of eight in a row that netted Dickinson a 260-248 victory and a check for $6,000.

Dickinson earned his triumph several times over with two 299 games during the tournament and a 266-230 victory over the same Soper in the position round game to earn the top-seeded spot in the finals, televised by Home Box Office.

In the championship game Soper got strikes in the third through the seventh frames, but when Dickinson got that amazing strike, it was a portent of things to come and Dickinson was home a winner.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas260 (1 game)$6,000
2Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.929 (4 games)3,500
3Alex Seymore Kannapolis, N.C.223 (1 game)3,000
4Ed Bourdase, Mt. View, Calif.187 (1 game)2,500
5Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.175 (1 game)2,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Soper defeated Hardwick, 217-175; Soper defeated Bourdase, 225-187; Soper defeated Seymore, 239-223; and in the championship game Dickinson defeated Soper, 260-248.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 9211 15-9-0 450 9661 
2Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 9134 16-8-0 480 9614 
3Ed Bourdase, Mt. View, Calif. 9140 15-8-1 465 9605 
4Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif. 9153 14-10-0 420 9573 
5Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 9054 13-10-1 405 9459 
*6Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8954 16-7-1 495 9449 $1,950
7Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif. 9016 13-11-0 390 9406 1,800
8Thurston Gilchrist, Salem, Ore. 9039 11-13-0 330 9369 1,700
9Mick McMahan, Portland, Ore. 9011 11-13-0 330 9341 1,600
10Curt Schmidt, Wayne, Ind. 8948 12-11-1 375 9323 1,500
11Ron Stromfeld, Columbus, Ohio 8939 12-12-0 360 9299 1,400
12Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga. 8965 11-13-0 330 9295 1,300
13George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8909 12-11-1 375 9284 1,200
14Bob Chappell, Wichita, Kan. 8852 14-10-0 420 9272 1,100
15Joe Berardi, New York, N.Y. 8924 11-13-0 330 9254 1,000
16Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo. 8863 12-12-0 360 9223 950
17Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz. 8829 10-13-1 315 9144 900
18Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8789 9-15-0 270 9059 850
19Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 8678 12-11-1 375 9053 800
20Dave Bash, Parkersburg, W.Va. 8717 11-13-0 330 9047 750
21Bob Fenton, Upland, Calif. 8680 11-13-0 330 9010 700
22Greg Baderdeen, Ontario, Calif. 8765 8-16-0 240 9005 650
23Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va. 8695 9-14-1 285 8980 625
24Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo. 8797 6-18-0 180 8977 600

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio3795$595
26Bobby Jacks, New Orleans, La.3788500
27Mike Murphy, Portland, Ore.3765480
28Larry Thompson, Houston, Texas3764460
29Lamar Keck, Canoga Park, Calif.3761440
30Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.3758420
31Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.3744410
32Mike McGrath, Lake St. Louis, Mo.3742400
33Jack Major, Vancouver, B.C.3740390
@34Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore.3731380
35Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.370370
36Don Bell, Scotts Valley, Calif.3729360
37Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.3728340
 Norm Burnett, Portland, Ore.3728340
 Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio3728340
40Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash.3727320
@41Tim Myers, Portland, Ore.3725310
42Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Cal.3723300

*Alternate. @Local entry. Sam Flanagan $100 for one 300 game. 18-game qualifying leader-Bourdase 3943. 24th low-Chappell 3803. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Ed Bourdase, Tim Harahan, Butch Gearhart, Marty Piraino, Barry Asher, Jim Stefanich.