Denver Open



$65,000 DENVER OPEN
Colorado Bowl, Denver, Jan 20-24, 1976

Steffie Strikes

Jim Stefanich rolled to his 13th career victory when he defeated Jim Godman, 206-203, in the title game of the $65,000 Denver Open.

The finale was almost a rematch of the exciting action of match game play on Friday, when Stefanich led after 32 games, then slipped to second as Godman won six of eight games and averaged 233 to take over the top spot.

The two veterans were virtually pin for pin throughout the first six frames, then Stefanich gave Godman an opening when he chopped a 3-10 split in the seventh frame. Godman failed to capitalize on it, however, because of his next ball in the same frame, he left a 5-7.

Godman finished with 203 and Stefanich needed a high count on a spare ball or a strike and eight pins to win. He got the strike, added a spare and grabbed a three-pin victory.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.421 (2 games)$7,500
2Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio203 (1 game)4,000
*3Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.400 (2 games)1,830
4Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.381 (2 games)2,500
5Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.177 (1 game)2,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Salvino defeated Straub, 196-177; Johnson defeated Salvino, 201185; Stefanich defeated Johnson, 215-199, and in the championship game, Stefanich defeated Godman, 206-203.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 9389 16-8-0 480 9869 
2Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 9306 17-7-0 510 9816 
3Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev. 9186 16-8-0 480 9666 
4Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb. 9196 13-10-1 405 9601 
5Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 9163 14-10-0 420 9583 
*#6Dan Roche, Irving, Texas, 9170 12-11-1 375 9545 $1,850
7Don Reeser, San Francisco, Calif. 9101 14-10-0 420 9521 1,600
#8Butch Soper, Huntington Beach, Calif. 9070 14-9-1 435 9505 1,500
9Rick Minier, Akron, Ohio 9072 14-10-0 420 9492 1,450
10Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 9052 12-12-0 360 9412 1,400
11Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif. 8990 14-10-0 420 9410 1,350
12Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 9015 13-11-0 390 9405 1,300
13Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 9001 12-11-1 375 9376 1,250
14Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif. 9103 9-15-0 270 9373 1,200
15Bobby Crull, Tipton, Ind. 8971 12-12-0 360 9331 1,125
 Dale Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif. 9001 i1-13-0 330 9331 1,125
17George Pappas, Charlotte, N. C. 8898 13-11-0 390 9288 1,050
@18Randy Fuller, Ft. Worth. Texas 8870 13-11-0 390 9260 1,000
19Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo. 8822 10-14-0 300 9122 950
20Joey Berardi, New York, N.Y. 8824 9-14-1 285 9109 900
21Bobby Jacks, New Orleans, La. 8817 6-17-1 195 9012 850
22Glenn Pierce, Jacksonville, Fla. 8568 8-15-1 255 8823 825
23Don Bell, Santa Maria, Calif. 8545 7-16-1 225 8770 800
24Mike Orlovsky, Johnson City, N.Y. 8464 5-19-0 150 8614 775

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.3934$1,830
26Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio3843650
**27Tom Warren, St. Joseph, Mo.3840715
28Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A.3837630
29Gary Mage, Bellevue, Wash.3836620
30Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas3824610
31Bobby Fenton, Upland, Calif.3823600
32Rick Perry, Columbia Falls, Mont.3814585
 Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.3814585
34Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.3812570
35Bob Aleksinski, Great Falls, Mont.3806555
 Dave Jones, Charleston, S.C.3806555
37Jim Frazier, Spokane, Wash.3803540
38Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.3795525
 John Wilcox, Mountoursville, Pa.3795525
40Dean Asami, Richmond, Calif.3789510
41Tim Harahan, Woodland Hills, Calif.3786495
 Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.3786495

*Alternate. McNealy, who qualified ninth, suffered an eye infection and withdrew. He was replaced by Don Johnson who finished third. He and McNealy split third-and 25thplace money, each winning $1,830. Warren then served as alternate and received an additional $75. #Soper and Roche received $100 each for 300 games. @Local entry. 18game qualifying leader-Robinson 4058. 24th low-Bell 3852. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-John Wilcox, Dave Davis, Hal Kaminski, Tommy Hudson, Barry Asher, Ed DiTolla.