Firestone Tournament Of Champions



$150,000 FIRESTONE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
RIVIERA LANES, AKRON, OHIO, Apr 17-22, 1978

Three's Company

Earl Anthony, professional bowling's all-time top title-holder and money-winner, joined select company when he won his second Firestone Tournament of Champions at Akron's Riviera Lanes.

By capturing the $30,000 title in the rich $150,000 event, Anthony became just the third two-time Firestone winner, joining past champions Jim Godman (I969 and 1973) and Dave Davis (1968 and 1975). Earl's other Firestone title came in 1974.

The victory, his 30th in PBA competition, helped the Tacoma, Wash., southpaw raise his career earnings to better than $600,000.

Anthony never dropped below third place during the six rounds of competition, qualifying second for match play behind Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis.

Anthony immediately surged into the lead and never let up for the 24 games of match play. He increased his lead from 90 pins to 197 sticks to 232 at the end of the 48-game test to determine the five TV finalists.

As the No. 1 seed, Anthony waited in the wings until just one challenger emerged from a group of four.

Fourth-seeded Mark Roth, bidding to become the first person to win $100,000 in the Winter Tour, defeated No. 5 Wayne Zahn, 228-205, in the opening TV match, but Roth was no match for roommate Teata Semiz, who emerged with a 247-210 victory.

Next for Semiz was second-seeded Burton. In a closely fought battle, Semiz captured the victory, but he had to convert the 3-10 split in the 10th frame for his 193-190 verdict.

Seemingly drained from that emotional contest, Semiz was little competition for Anthony who began the championship game with a double and added another pair in the fourth and fifth frames. When Semiz opened in the eighth frame, Anthony was home free and wound up with a 237-192 victory.

"I figured that if I could get out of the gate well and put some pressure on Teata, I'd have an advantage because the lanes were tougher on the right side," Anthony said later.

"I had an advantage in the lane conditions today, and I'm grateful."

Semiz earned his biggest paycheck of his career by taking home the $17,000 second prize. Burton earned $10,000, Roth, $7,500 and Zahn, $5,000.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.237 (1 game)$30,000
2Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.632 (3 games)17,000
3Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.190 (1 game)10,000
4Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.438 (2 games)7,500
5Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.205 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Roth defeated Zahn, 228-205; Semiz defeated Roth, 247-210; Semiz defeated Burton, 193-190; Anthony defeated Semiz, 237-192.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 10570 220.2 13-11-0 390 10960 
2Nelson Burton, St. Louis, Mo. 10398 216.6 11-13-0 330 10728 
3Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 10124 210.9 16-7-1 495 10619 
4Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 10215 212.8 13-11-0 390 10605 
5Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 10139 211.2 15-9-0 450 10589 
6Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 10190 212.2 13-11-0 390 10580 $4,000
7Steve Westberg, Cot. Grove, Ore. 10096 210.3 15-9-0 450 10546 3,500
8Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 10041 209.1 15-9-0 450 10491 3,200
9Dave Davis, Hackensack, N.J. 10048 209.3 13-10-1 405 10453 3,000
10Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 10069 209.7 12-12-0 360 10429 2,900
11Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 10042 209.2 12-11-1 375 10417 2,800
12Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex. 10019 208.7 11-11-2 360 10379 2,700
13Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif. 9981 207.9 13-11-0 390 10371 2,600
14Jim Godman, Waukegan, Ill. 10011 208.5 11-13-0 330 10341 2,500
15George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 10049 209.3 9-15-0 270 10319 2,400
16Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb. 9924 206.7 13-11-0 390 10314 2,300
+17Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 9871 205.6 14-10-0 420 10267 1,775
18Butch Soper, Santa Ana, Calif. 9861 205.4 9-14-1 285 10146 2,100
19Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 9798 204.1 11-13-0 330 10128 2,000
20Louie Moore, Indianapolis, Ind. 9788 203.9 10-13-1 315 10103 1,900
21Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9770 203.5 10-13-1 315 10085 1,800
22Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9764 203.4 9-15-0 270 10034 1,700
23Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 9691 201.8 8-16-0 240 9931 1,600
24Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 9615 200.3 8-16-0 240 9855 1,500

24-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.$1,775
26Bill Coleman, Campbell, Calif.1,350
*27Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis.1,425
28Dave Soutar, Kansas City1,350
29Paul Moser, Medford, Mass.1,300
30Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.1,300
31Steve Jones, Independence, Mo.1,300
32Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio1,300
33Pete Couture, Windsor Lakes Conn.1,250
34Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.1,250
35Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.1,250
36Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.1,250
37Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio1,200
38Don Helling, St. Charles, Mo.1,200
39Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.1,200
40Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.1,200
41Tom Wright, Millbrae, Calif.1,150
42Don McCune, Munster, Ind.1,150
43Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.1,150
44Ed Ressler Jr., Allentown, Pa.1,150
45Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.1,100
46Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles1,100
47John Denton, Midland, Texas1,075
48Jim Frazier, Spokane, Wash.1,050
49John Wilcox, Shavertown, Pa.1,050
50Tim Harahan, Hawthorne, Calif.1,000
51Dale Glenn, Northridge, Calif.1,000
52Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,000

+Surina replaced Laub at the start of match play when Laub withdrew because of a pulled muscle in his leg. Surina was penalized 24 pins and entered match play with a total of 4888. He and Laub share money for 25th and 17th places.
*Alternate. 24-game qualifying leader - Burton, 5368. 24th place - Spigner, 4921. PRO-AM CASHERS Paul Colwell, Earl Anthony, Don Johnson, Jay Robinson, Mark Roth. Bonus Awards (High Block) - Burton (2), Mark Roth, Wayne Zahn, Tommy Hudson, Bill Spigner. (High Game) - Mark Roth, George Pappas, Dave Frame, Mike Berlin, Matt Surina, Bill Spigner. #George Pappas rolled a 300 game.