AMF Pro Classic



$100,000 AMF PRO CLASSIC
Garden City Bowl, Garden City, N.Y., Mar 8-12, 1977

No Fault In Ritger Scale

Dick Ritger's fear that he was over the hill evaporated when the veteran bested Pete Couture to win the $100,000 AMF Pro Classic.

The victory worth $14,000, enabled Ritger to snap a two-year victory drought.

"I've been down for so long that I really had doubts about ever winning again," said Ritger after capturing his 18th tour victory.

Couture failed to strike until the sixth frame of the finale, while Ritger struck from the second through fifth frames and coasted to a 227-196 triumph.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wisc.227 (1 game)$14,000
2Pete Couture, Windsor, Conn.410 (2 games)8,000
3Wayne Zahn. Tempe, Ariz,607 (3 games)6,000
4Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.180 (1 game)5,000
5Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.214 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Zahn defeated Spigner, 233-214; Zahn defeated Weber. 206-180; Couture defeated Zahn,214-168, and in the championship game, Ritger defeated Couture, 227-196.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Dick Ringer, River Falls. Wis. 8978 17-6-1 525 9503 
2Pete Couture, Windsor, Conn. 8919 14-9-1 435 9354 
3Dick Weber, St. Louis 8952 13-i1-0 390 9342 
4Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 8848 16-8-0 480 9328 
5Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 8693 16-8-0 480 9173 
*6George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8691 16-8-0 480 9171 $3,050
7Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 8754 13-11-0 390 9144 2,500
8Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 8539 16-8-0 480 9019 2,300
9Pete McCordic, Houston 8573 14-10-0 420 8993 2,100
10Charles Venable, Brooklyn 8638 11-13-0 330 8968 2,000
11John Denton, Midland, Texas 8629 i1-13-0 330 8959 1,900
12Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 8523 13-9-2 420 8943 1,800
13Les Schissler, Denver 8552 11-13-0 330 8882 1,700
14Dave Davis, Atlanta 8527 11-13-0 330 8857 1,600
15Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 8550 10-14-0 300 8850 1,500
16Hector Valenzuela, San Jose, Calif. 8529 10-13-1 315 8843 1,400
17Don Johnson, Las Vegas 8476 11-13-0 330 8806 1,350
18Rick Talley, Enid, Okla. 8424 11-13-0 330 8754 1,300
19Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8515 8-18-0 180 8695 1,250
20Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga. Cal. 8374 9-15-0 270 8644 1,200
21Bob Marshall. Aberdeen, Md. 8373 9-15-0 270 8643 1,150
22Carmen Salvino, Chicago 8330 10-14-0 300 8630 1,100
23Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 8272 8-16-0 240 8512 1,050
24Gordy Coletti, Elizabeth, N.J. 8183 9-14-1 285 8468 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.3679$900
26Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.3677780
27Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.3675760
28Dick Weber Jr., St. Louis, Mo.3672740
29Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo.3671720
30Ed DiTolla, Maywood, N.J.3668700
31Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.3661680
32John Wilcox, Williamsport, Pa.3660660
33Dave Newrath. Cincinnati3656640
34Walt Pulchlopek, Hillside, N.J.3655620
35Bob Chappell, Wichita, Kan.3654590
 Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio3654590
37Norm Meyers. St. Louis, Mo..3647570
38Gary Dickinson, Fort Worth, Texas3642560
39Dick Nardozza, Bellefonte, Pa.3639550
40Tim Albin, N. Hollywood, Calif.3631540
41Bob Snell, Stamford, Conn.3630530
42Bert Goodman, Brooklyn, N.Y.3628520
43Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.3626510
44Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.3624500
45Dee Munsell, Dallas. Texas3622490
46Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.3619480
47Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.3616465
 Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.3616465
49Randy Fuller, Grand Prairie, Texas3615450
50Tom Menge, Cleveland, Ohio3610440
51Lee Taylor, San Diego, Calif.3602430
52Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.3600420
53Ed Jablonski, Hicksville, N.Y.3599405
 Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif.3599405
55Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.3596390
56Ray Shackelford, Fredericksburg, Va.3594380
57Ed Chewens, New Hyde Park, N.Y.3593365
 Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.3593365
59Jim Frazier, Spokane, Wash.3592345
 Joe Tusa, Long Island, N.Y.3592345
61Timmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.3591325
 Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.3591325
63Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.3584310
64Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.3583300
65Don Bell. Santa Maria, Calif.3581300
66Steve Jones, Independence, Mo.3579300

*Alternate. (Includes $75). Steve Martin defeated Dennis Lane, 210-181, in a one-game roll-off to take the 24th spot in match play. 18-game qualifying leader-Weber, 3921. 24th spot-Martin and Lane, 3679. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each)-Dennis Lane, Ed Ressler, Tim Harahan, Dave Soutar, Les Schissler, Dave Bash, Jimmy Mack, Butch Soper, Todd Strebel, Dave Davis, Dick Weber, Emmett Shutes, Doc landoli, John Petraglia, Steve Jones, Bob Cusick, Tommy Hudson, Keith Craycraft. $100-Earl Anthony and Dale Glenn.