Brunswick-PBA National Championship
$75,000 BRUNSWICK-PBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Brunswick WonderBowl, Downey, Calif., May 24-31, 1975
Three Straight For Earl
Earl Anthony's incredible success on the lanes continued unabated as he became the first player in Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) history to win the National Championship three times.
And to top it off, his win in the $75,000 Brunswick PBA National Championship at Brunswick Wonderbowl Downey in Downey, Calif., marked his third consecutive National Championship victory. He won there a year ago, and in 1973 at Oklahoma City, Okla.
For beating fellow Washingtonian, Jim Frazier, Spokane, 245-180, in the title game here, he earned another $9,000.
It also marked the second time in 1975 that Anthony defeated Frazier in a PBA finale. Frazier was top-seeded into the finals of last winter's $60 000 Los Angeles Open but Anthony upset him in that title game.
"I knew I needed at least a 230 to win," said Anthony. "Jim (Frazier) had three good games on that pair, including a 238 just before our game, and I felt that I needed to get out in front early."
He did just that.
He doubled, spared, and got three in a row to gain a long lead he never relinquished.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Frazier. He started fifth in the finals and measured Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash., and Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. Frazier totaled 871 for four games but had to be content with a $5,000 check for second place. He topped Packard, 220-207; Mage, 233-164; and Roth, 238-199.
Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga., and Roth were the early tournament leaders. Davis led the qualifying while Roth was struggling toward the top from 95th place after the first block. Roth took the match play lead, but surrendered it to Anthony midway through the final block on Friday night, and Anthony cemented his hold on the No. 1 seeded spot.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Frazier defeated Packard, 220-207; Frazier defeated Mage, 233-164; Frazier defeated Roth, 238-199, and in the championship game, Anthony defeated Frazier 245-180. 56-GAME TOTALS 32-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Davis 6957. 24th low-Salvino 6611. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Dave Davis, Paul McCordic, Palmer Fallgren, Bob Hood, Jim Hills, Chuck Moran, Ross Packard, Allie Clarke, Marty Piraino, Dick Weber, Jimmy Certain.
*Alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Davis 6957. 24th low-Salvino 6611. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Dave Davis, Paul McCordic, Palmer Fallgren, Bob Hood, Jim Hills, Chuck Moran, Ross Packard, Allie Clarke, Marty Piraino, Dick Weber, Jimmy Certain.