Midas Golden Challenge



$100,000 MIDAS GOLDEN CHALLENGE
Expressway Lanes, Gretna, La., Feb 14-18, 1978

Couture Answers Challenge

Pete Couture broke into the winner's circle for the first time in his PBA career when he defeated veteran Dave Davis, 223-187, in the championship game of the $100,000 Midas Golden Challenge. Couture earned $15,000 for the victory.

Couture, who became one of the Tour's top players in 1977, defeated third-seeded Don Johnson, 235-227, in the semi-final match to advance into the finals against tournament leader Davis.

Jerry Smyth, a 49-year-old rookie from Anchorage, Alaska, defeated Charlie Venable, 235-221, before losing, 232-221, to Johnson in the second match.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.458 (2 games)$15,000
2Dave Davis, Hackensack, N.J.187 (1 game)8,000
3Don Johnson, Las Vegas459 (2 games)6,000
4Jerry Smyth, Anchorage, Alaska456 (2 games)5,000
5Charlie Venable, Brooklyn221 (1 game)4,000

FINAL RESULTS: Smyth defeated Venable, 235-221; Johnson defeated Smyth, 232-221; Couture defeated Johnson, 235-227; Couture defeated Davis, 223-187.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave Davis, Hackensack, N.J. 9433 224.5 17-7-0 510 9943 
2Pete Couture, Windsor Lakes 9430 224.5 16-8-0 480 9910 
3Don Johnson, Las Vegas 9256 220.3 15-8-1 465 9721 
4Jerry Smyth, Anchorage, Alaska 9301 221.4 13-10-1 405 9706 
5Charlie Venable, Brooklyn 9216 219.4 14-10-0 420 9636 
6Roger Tramp, Riverside, Mo. 9069 215.9 16-8-0 480 9549 $3,250
7Neil Burton, St. Louis 9133 217.4 13-11-0 390 9523 2,800
8Ted Malicki, Cleveland 9038 215.1 15-9-0 450 9488 2,600
9John Wilcox, Shavertown, Pa. 9074 216.0 12-11-1 375 9449 2,400
10Carmen Salvino, Chicago 9038 215.1 13-10-1 405 9443 2,300
11Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 9170 218.3 9-15-0 270 9440 2,200
12Butch Soper, Costa Mesa, Calif. 9096 216.5 11-13-0 330 9426 2,100
13Mike Rahe, Albuquerque, N.M. 9038 215.1 12-11-1 375 9413 2,000
14Don Bell, Santa Maria, Calif. 9051 215.0 12-12-0 360 9411 1,900
15Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis. 9103 216.7 10-14-0 300 9403 1,800
16Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth 9101 216.6 8-16-0 240 9341 1,700
17Craig Mueller, Union, N.J. 8983 213.8 11-13-0 330 9313 1,600
18Bill Coleman, Campbell, Calif. 8938 212.8 12-12-0 360 9298 1,500
19Ed Lee, Eugene, Ore. 8949 213.0 11-13-0 330 9279 1,400
20Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 8893 211.7 11-13-0 330 9223 1,350
21Dave Soutar, Kansas City 8914 212.0 9-15-0 270 9184 1,300
22Steve Jones, Independence, Mo. 8866 211.0 9-14-1 285 9151 1,250
23Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Pk. 8909 212.1 8-16-0 240 9149 1,200
24Russ Shields, Seabrook, Tex. 8808 209.7 8-16-0 240 9048 1,150

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Pete McCordic, Houston$1,065
26Larry Gray, Torrance, Calif.980
27Danny Morton, Jacksonville970
28Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.960
29Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.950
30Palmer Fallgren, Las Vegas935
 Tommy Hudson, Akron935
32Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio920
33George LeCain, Danvers, Mass.910
34Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis.900
35Don Reeser, San Francisco890
36Roy Buckley, Columbus880
37Dee Munsell, Dallas870
38Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A.860
39Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma850
40Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.835
 Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa.835
42John Denton, Midland, Tex.820
@43Duane Troxler, New Orleans810
44Dick Armstrong, Park City, Ill.800
45Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.790
46Ernie Kotara, Lake Charles, La.780
47Louie Moore, Indianapolis770
48Rick Kendrick, Del City, Okla.380
 Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.380

*Alternate. #Dickinson, Smyth and Malicki rolled 300 games. 18-game qualifying leader - Robinson, 4001. 24th Place - Shields, 3851. PRO-AM CASHERS - Pete Couture, Ed Ressler, Wayne Zahn, Steve Jones, Jeff Morin, Russ Shields. @Local entry (Non-PBA Member).