AMF Grand Prix Of Bowling
$100,000 AMF GRAND PRIX OF BOWLING
Thunderbowl, Allen Park, Mich., Nov 30-Dec 4, 1976
New Mark For Earl
Earl Anthony broke his own record for season earnings when he won the $10,000 first prize in the men's division of the AMF Grand Prix of Bowling at Detroit.
The victory upped the Tacoma, Wash., pro's 1976 earnings to $109,758, bettering the mark of $107,585 he had set the previous year when he had become the first professional bowler ever to track the $100,000 barrier.
Anthony, who qualified for the men's showdown fourth, had to win all three of his matches in the nationally televised finals to top the mark. But winning on television had become a common occurrence for the man who had dominated pro bowling almost from the time he returned to the tour in 1970.
His first game, against Ernie Schlegel, was the toughest. He and Schlegel stayed close throughout their match until Anthony doubled in the 10th frame to clinch a 210-204 victory.
Against Wayne Zahn, Anthony fell behind quickly when he opened in the second frame while Zahn started with a turkey. But Zahn then ran into problems, opening in the fifth and sixth frames. Anthony stayed clean from the third on and closed out with a 221-181 verdict.
Against Roy Buckley, who had gained top-seed with a position round win over Zahn the night before the finals, Anthony opened with six strikes while Buckley could manage but one strike in the first nine frames. Anthony coasted to a 259-189 thumping.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Anthony defeated Schlegel, 210-204; Anthony defeated Zahn, 221-181, and in the championship game, Anthony defeated Buckley, 259-189. 38-GAME TOTALS 18-GAME TOTALS *TV Alternate (includes $50) . * *Match play alternate (includes $100) . # Zahn received $100 for 300 game. MEN-18-game qualifying leader-Berardi, 3794. 10th place-Salvino, 3683.
*TV Alternate (includes $50) . * *Match play alternate (includes $100) . # Zahn received $100 for 300 game. MEN-18-game qualifying leader-Berardi, 3794. 10th place-Salvino, 3683.