Ford Open



$75,000 FORD OPEN
Bowling Square, Arcadia, Calif., Dec 28-Jan 3, 1976

Guenther In Gear

Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash., opened the Professional Bowlers Association 1976 season in auspicious fashion by winning the $75,000 Ford Open.

Guenther bowled over three opponents in the nationally televised (ABC) finals as he rang up his 11th career victory in his 16 years on the tour.

His victim in the 227-199 championship game was top-seeded Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala., who rejoined the tour last fall after an absence of five years and who has been bowling well ever since.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash686 (3 games)$8,000
2Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.199 (1 game)5,000
3Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.160 (1 game)4,000
4Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio451 (2 games)3,000
5Marty Anderson, Los Angeles, Calif.196 (1 game)2,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Buckley defeated Anderson, 240-196; Guenther defeated Buckley, 224-211; Guenther defeated Lane, 235-160, and in the championship game, Guenther defeated Certain, 227-199.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9116 17-7-0 510 9626 
2Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9013 16-8-0 480 9493 
3Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9030 14-10-0 420 9450 
4Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 8969 14-10-0 420 9389 
5Marty Anderson, Los Angeles, Calif. 8991 13-11-0 390 9381 
*6Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash. 8898 15-9-0 450 9348 $2,250
7Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 8945 12-11-1 375 9320 2,100
8Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis. 8802 16-8-0 480 9282 2,000
9Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 8850 14-10-0 420 9270 1,900
10Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 8813 15-9-0 450 9263 1,800
11Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev. 8830 13-10-1 405 9235 1,700
12Kevin Gannon, Paramount, Calif. 8842 13-11-0 390 9232 1,600
13Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif. 8856 12-12-0 360 9216 1,500
14Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8750 12-i1-1 375 9125 1,400
15Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 8716 13-11-0 390 9106 1,300
16Sam Fox, San Francisco, Calif. 8696 7-17-0 210 8906 1,200
17Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A. 8660 8-i6-0 240 8900 1,150
18Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 8591 9-15-0 270 8861 1,100
19Don Boyed, Lima, Ohio 8549 10-14-0 300 8849 1,050
20Doug Johnson, Long Beach, Calif. 8522 10-14-0 300 8822 1,000
21Bill Ballard, Vacaville, Calif. 8554 8-16-0 240 8794 950
22Bobby Fliegman, Torrance, Calif. 8486 10-14-0 300 8786 900
23Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis. 8475 9-15-0 270 8745 850
24Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 8311 6-17-1 195 8506 800

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Dick Stark, Glenwood Springs, Colo.3746$690
*26Matt Surina, Longview, Wash.3727725
27Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio3725630
28Paul Bernier, Fall River, Mass.3722610
29Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.3717590
30Butch Soper, Huntington Beach, Calif.3714570
31Jim Roy, Glenwood Springs, Colo.3711550
32Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.3709520
33Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.3708510
34Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif.3704490
35Bill Marshall, Hermosa Beach, Calif.3701470
36Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa.3698450
37Greg Damaskos, Yakima, Wash.3697440
38Paul Moser, Medford, Mass.3694430
39Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif.3693420
40Dan Roche, Irving, Texas3688410
41Bobby Fenton, Upland, Calif.3682400
42Dave Jones, Charleston, S.C.3680390
43Rick Minier, Akron, Ohio3678380
44Jim Fowble, Hobart, Ind.3675370
45Jerry Buchholz, Van .Nuys, Calif.3668360
46Greg Guertin, Sacramento, Calif.3665350
47Randy Neal, Hawthorne, Calif.3664340
48Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.3661330

*Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Lane 3956. 24th low-Fliegman 3747. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Don Johnson, Palmer Fallgren, Tommy Hudson, Jim Stefanich, Larry Laub, Ed Ressler.