Midas Open



$100,000 MIDAS OPEN
Expressway Lanes, Gretna, La., Feb 8-12, 1977

Johnson Has Golden Touch

Don Johnson gave his son, Jimmy, a special birthday present by winning the $100,000 Midas Open.

After eliminating Mark Roth, Cliff McNealy and Marshall Holman, the fifth-seeded Johnson shocked Earl Anthony, 236-214, in the title game for his 26th career championship. The victory was worth $14,000.

"Three or four times each game I kept reminding myself that I had to win for Jimmy, who was celebrating his eighth birthday," Johnson said. "I've never wanted to win a tournament so badly."

If Johnson or Anthony had rolled a 300 in the title match, they would have received a $250,000 bonus from sponsor Midas International. Eight perfect games were recorded during the tournament.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Don Johnson, Las Vegas950 (4 games)$14,000
2Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.214 (1 game)8,000
3Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.227 (1 game)6,000
4Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Cal.187 (1 game)5,000
5Mark Roth. Staten Island, N.Y.205 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Johnson defeated Roth, 234-205; Johnson defeated McNealy. 236-187; Johnson defeatedHolman, 244-227, and in the championship game, Johnson defeated Anthony, 236-214.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 10105 16-8-0 480 10585 
2Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9734 16-8-0 480 10214 
3Cliff McNealy. San Lorenzo, Cal. 9855 17-6-1 525 10190 
4Mark Roth, Staten Island. N.Y. 9730 13-9-2 420 10150 
5Don Johnson. Las Vegas 9569 16-8-0 480 10049 
*6Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis. 9664 11-13-0 330 9974 $3,550
7Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 9535 14-10-0 420 9955 3,000
#8Jim Frazier, Spokane 9447 16-7-1 495 9942 2,700
#9Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 9581 12-12-0 360 9941 2,600
10Greg Guertin, Sacramento 9535 13-10-1 405 9940 2,500
11Rick Minier, Akron, Ohio. 9491 13-11-0 390 9881 2,400
12Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 9499 11-12-1 345 9844 2,300
#13Dom Esposito, New Orleans 9535 8-15-1 255 9790 2,200
14Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Cal. 9403 12-11-1 375 9778 2,100
15Hector Valenzuela, San Jose, Cal. 9336 13-9-2 420 9756 2,000
#16Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo. 9398 11-13-0 330 9728 1,900
17Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 9388 i1-13-0 330 9718 1,800
&18Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio. 9353 10-14-0 300 9609 1,363
19Dennis Swayda, Phoenix 9249 11-13-0 330 9579 1,600
20Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va. 9209 9-15-0 270 9479 1,500
21Les Schissler. Denver 9101 10-13-1 315 9416 1,400
22Mike Matosich, San Bruno, Calif. 9223 5-19-0 150 9373 1,300
23Lee Taylor, San Diego 9121 7-16-1 225 9346 1,200
24Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 9114 7-17-0 210 9324 1,100

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Don Bell, Scotts Valley. Cal.4075$1,338
26Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla.4048925
27Bobby Fenton, Costa Mesa, Calif.4046880
28Dave Soutar, Kansas City4043840
29Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.4037800
30Frank Ellenburg, Phoenix4036780
*31Lave Davis, Atlanta4023810
32Paul Moser, Medford, Mass.4019740
33Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio4012720
34Dave Heller, Mamroneck, N.Y.4009680
 Steve Jones, Independence, Mo.4009680
 Norm Meyers, St. Louis4009680
37Jimmy Certain. Huntsville, Ala.4008640
38John Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.3997620
39Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.3987600
40Jim Zook, Tucson3977580
41Don Reeser, San Francisco3974560
42Dale Glenn, Glendale, Calif.3973540
43Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.3964520
44Craig Mueller. Union, N.J.3961500
45Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.3960480
46Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.3959465
47Pete McCordic, Houston3959465
48Dave Jones, Charleston, S.C.3949225
 Pete Petersen, N. Miami, Fla.3949225

*Alternate (Includes $50). @Local entry. &Hudson replaced Don Bell after 26 games. Hudson was assessed a 44-pin penalty (14 pins for difference between his and Bell's qualifying scores and 30 for Bell's one match play victory). They split prize money for 18th and 25th places. Bell received $1,337.50 and Hudson received $1,362.50 (includes $25 alternate fee). Dave Davis received $50 extra for being new alternate. Don Bell's actual pinfall for 26 games-5655. #Dan Roche, Mike Flora, @Burkett Ross, Ed Ressler, Pete McCordic, Mickey Higham, Dom Esposito and Jim Frazier received $100 each for 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader-Anthony, 4515. 24th-place-Taylor, 4063. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-John Petraglia, Steve Neff, Tommy Hudson, Carmen Salvino, Jay Tartaglia and Wayne Zahn.