Amarillo Open



$70,000 AMARILLO OPEN
Amarillo Bowl, Amarillo, Texas, Jul 24-28, 1979

Dickinson Devastating

Gary Dickinson took to the offense in stopping an ambitious challenge from 19-year-old Mike Aulby and snared his first PBA title in nearly three years with a victory in the Amarillo Open.

Aulby threatened to win his second title in two months by starting with a near perfect, 279-234, win over Frank Ellenburg before cruising past Earl Anthony and Fred Conner for a chance to get to Dickinson and bringing his career TV finals record to 6-0 at that point.

But Dickinson, the lanky veteran from Ft. Worth, stroked five straight strikes starting from the fourth frame and then doubled in the 10th frame to clinch a 248-216 victory over the rookie southpaw. It was his sixth title and his first since the 1976 Brunswick World Open in Chicago.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas248 (1 game)$8,000
2Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, Ind.953 (4 games)5,000
3Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.203 (1 game)4,000
4Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash.192 (1 game)3,500
5Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.234 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Aulby defeated Ellenburg, 279-234; Aulby defeated Anthony, 234-192; Aulby defeated Conner, 223-203, and in the championship game Dickinson defeated Aulby, 248-216.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth 9356 222.8 15-9-0 450 9806 
2Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9155 218.0 14-9-1 435 9590 
3Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash. 9181 218.6 12-12-0 360 9541 
4Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 9075 216.1 14-9-1 435 9510 
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9084 216.3 13-10-1 405 9489 
**6Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 9131 217.4 11-12-1 345 9476 $2,550
7Tom Baker, Buffalo, N. Y. 9039 215.2 14-10-0 420 9459 2,000
8Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 9116 217.0 11-13-0 330 9446 1,900
9Ed Ressler, Bethlehem, Pa. 9038 215.2 13-11-0 390 9428 1,800
10J. B. Blaylock, La Luz, N.M. 8967 213.5 12-10-2 390 9357 1,700
11Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 8898 211.9 14-10-0 420 9318 1,600
12Steve Jones, Kerrville, Texas 8845 210.6 14-9-1 435 9280 1,500
13Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 8933 212.7 11-12-1 345 9278 1,400
14Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif. 8936 212.8 10-13-1 315 9251 1,350
15Dan Roche, Downey, Calif. 8886 211.6 12-12-0 360 9246 1,300
16Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 8852 210.8 12-12-0 360 9212 1,250
17Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 8785 209.2 13-11-0 390 9175 1,200
#18Arnie Goldman, Chicago 8813 209.8 11-13-0 330 9143 1,150
19Gil Sliker, Washington, N. J. 8896 211.8 8-16-0 240 9136 1,100
20Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa. 8819 210.0 9-15-0 270 9089 1,050
21Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan. 8667 206.4 11-12-1 345 9012 1,000
22Johnnie Short, Albuquerque, N.M. 8709 207.4 10-14-0 300 9009 950
23John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill. 8729 207.8 8-14-2 270 8999 900
24Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 8524 203.0 10-14-0 300 8824 850

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.$815
26Butch Soper, Whittier Calif.705
27Charlie Venable, Bronx, N.Y.680
28Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.670
29Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.660
30Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.650
31Ron McCaull, Lowell, Mass.640
32Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. V.630
33Kenny Hall, Latham, N.Y.620
34James Porter, Seattle, Wash.610
35Jerry Schleich, Amarillo, Texas600
36Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.590
37Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.580
38Guppy Troup, Savannah, Ga.570
39Ron Mickelson, Cheney, Wash.560
40Joe Nuzzo, Youngstown, Ohio550
41Norm Meyers, St. Louis540
42Keith Koloszi, Xenia, Ohio265
 Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.265

*- Match Play Alternate. ** - TV Finals Alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Dickinson, 4,048. 24th place - Short, 3,806. N - Randy Lightfoot and Arnie Goldman rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS - Tim Cornelio, Mike Berlin, Earl Anthony, Jim Plessinger, John Denton and Ed Ressler.