Columbia PBA National Championship
$95,000 COLUMBIA PBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Leilani Lanes, Seattle, Wash., Jun 12-19, 1977
Hail Columbia, Hudson Wins
Tommy Hudson scored the biggest victory of his professional bowling career when he edged Jay Robinson to win the 18th annual Professional Bowlers Association National Championship at Leilani Lanes in Seattle.
The Akron, Ohio, star received $10,000 for his thrilling 206-200 victory over Robinson before a national television (CBS) audience and a packed house at Leilani.
Robinson suffered a 4-7-10 split in the first frame of the title game, but recovered quickly with a turkey to open a slight lead Another split this time a 6-7-10, in the sixth dropped the Californian behind once again, but Hudson then left one of his own, a 2-10, in the next frame.
Robinson finished strong with a 200, and Hudson needed a double in the 10th to win the Columbia sponsored event. He got the first strike, but on his second was forced to wait an agonizing second until a tottering eight pin fell for the second strike and victory.
"I feel my season is now complete," an excited Hudson later told newsmen. "A lot of great bowlers never win the National Championship and I consider myself extremely lucky to have won it.
"But I really don't consider myself a superstar. I guess you have to think of guys like Don Carter, Dick Weber and Earl Anthony. However, I would like to think I can be one of the better bowlers on the tour for several years. That was a tough field we had out there today."
It was a heartbreaking loss for the fourth-seeded Robinson, who defeated two of 1977's top bowlers-Mark Roth and Earl Anthony-in his drive to the title game.
The five-match championship round began with fifth seeded John Wilcox defeating sixth-seeded and local favorite Johnny Guenther, 223-218.
Wilcox then lost to Robinson, 263-191, before Robinson jolted Roth, 233-222, and Anthony, 212-208. Once again, Robinson battled from behind after opening in the fifth.
Sparked by a 300 game, Robinson led the tournament during the early qualifying rounds. Other 300s were tossed by Marshall Holman and rookie Steve Martin.
Anthony, seeking his fourth National Championship title in five years, made his bid on the second day of competition by jumping from 38th place to fifth. He led at the end of 32 qualifying games, surrendered the lead briefly to Roth, then held it until losing to Hudson, 244-222, in the position round.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Wilcox defeated Guenther, 223-218; Robinson defeated Wilcox, 263-191; Robinson defeated Roth, 223-222; Robinson defeated Anthony, 212-208; in the championship game, Hudson defeated Robinson, 206-200. 56-GAME TOTALS 32-GAME TOTALS *Alternate. Schissler defeated Spigner, 215-177, in a rolloff after two were tied at the end of 32 games. #Jay Robinson, Marshall Holman and Steve Martin each received $100 for 300 games. 32-game qualifying leader-Anthony, 7305. 24th-Schissler and Spigner, 6836. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) -Petraglia, Carlson, Spigner, Chestney, Anthony and S. Jones.
*Alternate. Schissler defeated Spigner, 215-177, in a rolloff after two were tied at the end of 32 games. #Jay Robinson, Marshall Holman and Steve Martin each received $100 for 300 games. 32-game qualifying leader-Anthony, 7305. 24th-Schissler and Spigner, 6836. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) -Petraglia, Carlson, Spigner, Chestney, Anthony and S. Jones.