Midas Golden Challenge



$100,000 MIDAS GOLDEN CHALLENGE
Brunswick Northwest Bowl, Palatine, Ill., Apr 10-14, 1979

Petraglia Muffles Field

Veteran southpaw Johnny Petraglia chalked up his second PBA title in four weeks in the $100,000 Midas Golden Challenge by beating two other lefthanders in the finals.

The victory, number 13 for Petraglia, came at the expense of towering 6-6 Steve Cook who was also going for his second title of the year. Petraglia took care of Cook, 214-200, in the championship game after first edging past rookie Jim Poulos, 206-198.

"I was fortunate. It was a good day for me," said Petraglia, explaining that Cook couldn't get fined up on the right lane while he was able to master it.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.420 (2 games)$15,000
2Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.200 (1 game)8,000
3Jim Poulos, Daly City, Calif.410 (2 games)6,000
4Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.379 (2 games)5,000
5Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif.207 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Ellenburg defeated Soper, 223-207; Poulos defeated Ellenburg, 212-156; Petraglia defeated Poulos, 206-198; and in the championship game, Petraglia defeated Cook, 214-200.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9783 232.9 16-8-0 480 10263 
2Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 9623 229.1 18-6-0 540 10163 
#3Jim Poulos, Daly City, Calif. 9746 232.0 13-11-0 390 10136 
4Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 9614 228.9 15-9-0 450 10064 
5Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif. 9501 226.2 14-10-0 420 9921 
**6Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9558 227.5 12-12-0 360 9918 $3,200
7Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 9524 226.7 12-11-1 375 9899 2,800
8Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 9420 224.2 14-10-0 420 9840 2,600
9Jim Plessinger, St. College, Pa. 9474 225.5 11-13-0 330 9804 2,500
10Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9430 224.5 12-12-0 360 9790 2,400
#11Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif. 9485 225.8 10-14-0 300 9785 2,300
12Norm Meyers, St. Louis 9337 222.3 14-10-0 420 9757 2,200
13Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash. 9452 225.0 10-14-0 300 9752 2,100
14Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9367 223.0 12-12-0 360 9727 2,000
15Rich Carrubba, Las Vegas 9323 221.9 13-11-0 390 9713 1,900
16Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 9369 223.0 11-13-0 330 9699 1,800
17Joseph Groskind, Memphis 9219 219.5 12-10-2 390 9609 1,700
18Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9247 220.1 11-13-0 330 9577 1,600
#19Al Sanford, Jackson, Ohio 9147 217.7 11-13-0 330 9477 1,500
20Marv Sargent, EI Cajon, Calif. 9042 215.2 12-12-0 360 9402 1,400
21Ed Ressler, Bethlehem, Pa. 9029 214.9 11-13-0 330 9359 1,300
22Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 9075 216.0 8-15-1 255 9330 1,200
#23Paul Vorisek, Cleveland 8642 205.7 8-16-0 240 9251 1,150
+24John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill. 9069 215.9 6-18-0 180 9091 1,110

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
+25Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.$1,060
26Joe Natoli, Brown Deer, Wis.1,000
27George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.990
28Don Sylvia, Fishkill, N.Y.980
*29Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y.995
30Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.960
31Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo950
32Mike Aulby, Indianapolis940
33Neil Burton, St. Louis925
 Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.925
35Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis.910
36David Jones, Charleston, S.C.900
37Don Reeser, San Francisco890
38Pat Dickey, San Antonio880
#39Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass.870
40Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.855
 Louie Moore, Indianapolis855
42Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth840

*Alternate. ** - TV Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader, Poulos, 4,190. 24th place - Vorisek, 3,969. #Poulos, Sanford, Vorisek, Moser, Cook, Lou, and Dennis Donahue rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Rick Jones, Dennis Lane, Earl Anthony, Sam Flanagan, Joseph Groskind and Cliff McNealy. + Weltzien replaced Stefanich in match play after 34 games. He took a 158 pin penalty and they split 24th and 25th place money, each receiving $1,060. Weltzien also received $50 for serving as alternate. Tom Laskow was the alternate for the final round of match play.