Lincoln-Mercury Open



$75,000 LINCOLN-MERCURY OPEN
Dick Weber Lanes, Florissant, Mo., Mar 11-15, 1975

Ressler In Driver's Seat

Ed Ressler's second Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title went into the books as he triumphed over veteran Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky., in the finals of the $75,000 Lincoln-Mercury Open.

The 20-year-old Ressler, who had won for the first time just one year ago in Winston-Salem, N.C., defeated Hardwick in the title game, 212-181 as Hardwick was on the verge of winning his first PBA title since 1969.

Ressler also defeated another veteran, Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga., in the game preceding the title set-to, 235-201, thwarting Davis in almost the same manner as Hardwick. Davis hasn't been in the PBA's winner's circle since 1970.

In the title game, Hardwick got a quick two-pin lead, which just as quickly evaporated when Ressler connected with strikes from the third through the sixth frames, and he coasted in despite a 6-7-10 split in the eighth frame.

In addition to the $8,000 first prize, Ressler also won the use of a new Cougar automobile from Lincoln-Mercury for one year.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Eddie Ressler, Allentown, Pa.447 (2 games)$8,000
2Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.181 (1 game)5,000
3Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga.408 (2 games)4,000
4Bobby Jacks, New Orleans, La.375 (2 games)3,000
5Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.178 (1 game)2,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Jacks defeated Semiz, 203-178; Davis defeated Jacks, 207-172; Ressler defeated Davis, 235-201, and in the championship game, Ressler defeated Hardwick, 212-181.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 9619 13-10-1 405 10 $024
2Eddie Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 9483 16-8-0 480 9963 
3Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga. 9447 16-8-0 480 9927 
4Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 9472 13-11-0 390 9862 
5Bobby Jacks, New Orleans, La. 9383 15-9-0 450 9833 
*6Rick Minier, Akron, Ohio 9348 16-8-0 480 9828 2,250
7Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 9401 13-10-1 405 9806 2,100
8Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 9347 13-11-0 390 9737 2,000
9Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9342 12-12-0 360 9702 1,900
10Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 9233 13-10-1 405 9638 1,800
11Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 9284 10-14-0 300 9584 1,700
12Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 9196 11-13-0 330 9526 1,600
&13Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas 9120 13-11-0 390 9510 1,100
14Hal Kaminski, Milwaukee, Wis. 9081 13-11-0 390 9471 1,400
15Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 9127 11-13-0 330 9457 1,300
16Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 9034 12-12-0 360 9394 1,200
17Paul McCordic, Houston, Texas 9116 8-15-1 255 9371 1,150
#18Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas 9051 10-14-0 300 9351 1,100
19Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8995 11-13-0 330 9325 1,050
20Fred Jaskie, Milwaukee, Wis. 9050 9-15-0 270 9320 1,000
21Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 9046 9-15-0 270 9316 950
22Jim Hills, Cleveland, Ohio 9004 10-14-0 300 9304 900
23Norm Friedmeyer, St. Louis, Mo. 9001 10-14-0 300 9301 850
24Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8981 9-15-0 270 9251 800

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
&25Tim Harahan, Woodland Hills, Calif.3962$1,100
*26Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.3898725
27Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.3895600
28Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio3894570
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.J.3894570
30Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.3887540
31Gary Patterson St. Louis, Mo.3884520
32Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio3878500
33Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif.3866490
34Jim Godman, Vero Beach, Fla.3860480
35Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.3858470
36Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.3857460
37Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth Texas3854450
38Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.3850440
39Dan Roche, South Bend, Ind.3848430
40Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.3847420
41Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.3841410
42Bobby Fenton, Los Angeles, Calif.3838400

*Alternates. #Foremsky received $100 for a 300 game. &Gearhart replaced Tim Harahan in the finals when Harahan withdrew due to an injury and they split 13th and 25th-place money of $1,100 each. 18-game qualifying leader-Hardwick 4165. 24th low-Gearhart 3905. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Don Helling, Nelson Burton Jr., Rick Minier, Larry Laub, Steve Neff, Jim Godman.