Kessler Open



$95,000 KESSLER OPEN
Ken Nottke's Bowl, Battle Creek, Mich., Oct 12-16, 1979

"Lobster" Claws Past Four

A 242 average over four games carried veteran Larry Laub to his second victory of the year in the $95,000 Kessler Open in Battle Creek, Mich.

Laub capped his performance with a 235-216 victory over top-seeded Earl Anthony in the title game, frustrating Anthony's bid for his third title in five years at Ken Nottke's Bowl. It was Anthony's sixth second place finish of the year and 32nd of his career which includes 31 titles.

Fifth-seeded going into the finals, Laub began his scoring spree by defeating Tommy Nevitt, 228-187. Laub then bowled past fellow Californians Dave Frame, 241-211, and Fred Conner, 267-216, starting the semifinal game with seven strikes.

Laub earlier in the year had won his 11th career title in the Fair Lanes Open in Adelphi, Md.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.971 (4 games)$11,000
2Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash.216 (1 game)6,000
3Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif.216 (1 game)5,000
4Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.211 (1 game)4,000
5Tom Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla.187 (1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Laub defeated Nevitt, 228-187; Laub defeated Frame, 241-211; Laub defeated Conner; 267-216, and in the championship game, Laub defeated Anthony, 235-216.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash. 9350 222.6 17-6-1 525 9875 
2Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 9332 222.1 17-7-0 510 9842 
3Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif. 9354 222.7 16-8-0 480 9834 
4Tom Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla. 9187 218.2 16-7-1 495 9682 
5Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif. 9186 218.7 14-10-0 420 9606 
**6Mike Hanes, N. Tonawanda, N. Y. 9249 220.2 11-13-0 330 9579 $3,050
7Mark Roth, N. Arlington, N. J. 9107 216.8 14-9-1 435 9542 2,750
8Charlie Tapp, St. Paul, Minn. 9057 215.6 15-9-0 450 9507 2,600
9Carmen Salvino, Chicago 9170 216.8 11-13-0 330 9500 2,500
10Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9207 219.2 9-15-0 270 9477 2,400
11Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 9096 216.5 12-11-1 375 9471 2,300
12Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 9083 216.2 12-12-0 360 9443 2,200
13Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 9080 216.1 12-12-0 360 9440 2,100
14Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore. 9021 214.7 13-10-1 405 9426 2,000
15Joseph Groskind, Memphis, Tenn. 9027 214.9 13-11-0 390 9417 1,900
16Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 9057 215.6 9-14-1 285 9342 1,800
17Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 8967 213.5 12-12-0 360 9327 1,700
18Nelson Burton, Jr., St. Louis 9005 214.4 9-15-0 270 9275 1,600
19Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8886 211.5 10-14-0 300 9186 1,500
20Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Calif. 8867 211.1 10-14-0 300 9167 1,400
21Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 8869 211.1 9-15-0 270 9139 1,300
22Dave Soutar, Kansas City 8829 210.2 9-15-0 270 9099 1,200
23Rich Carrubba, N. Brunswick, N. J. 8677 206.5 7-17-0 210 8887 1,100
24Joe Natoli, Brown Deer, Wis. 8612 205.0 8-16-0 240 8852 1,000

18-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.$985
26Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.880
27Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.860
28Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas840
29Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.820
@30Jerry Holt, Lansing, Mich.810
31Dave Beckmann, Mercer Island, Wash.800
32Richard Martinez, Yuba City, Calif.790
33Ron McCaull, Lowell, Mass.780
34Steve Westherg, Cottage Grove, Ore.770
35Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.760
36Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.745
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.745
38Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash.730
39Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio720
40Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich.710
41John Voso, Cleveland700
42AI Stonum, San Francisco690
43Bill George, Citrus Hts., Calif.680
44Graham Smith, Australia670
45Dan Roche, Downey, Calif.660
46Art Trask, Miami, Fla.650
47Don McCune, Highland, Ind.640
48Steve Cooper, La Mirada, Calif.620
 Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.620
 Al Thompson, Columbus, Ohio620
51Jerry Hamilton, London, Ohio600
52Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio590

*Match Play alternate. **TV finals alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Anthony, 4,127. 24th place - Tapp, 3,879. PRO-AM CASHERS - Keith Craycraft, Earl Anthony, Larry Laub, Gary Dickinson, Joe Berardi, and John Wilcox. @Denotes Amateur.