PBA National Championship



$135,000 PBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 1-7, 1981

Holy Toledo! Anthony Again

Having already won the PBA National Championship a record three times (1973, 1974 and 1975), Earl Anthony added another to his collection by outlasting Ernie Schlegel, 242-237, in a tense, spirited championship match in the $135,000 PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio.

Anthony could not claim victory until Schlegel, shooting last and needing a strike to win, left a 2-pin on a shot light to the headpin.

Anthony had kept the door open for Schlegel by leaving the 1-3-6-10 spare combination in the 10th frame which he converted. Still, as he sat down to watch his destiny being decided by his opponent, Anthony prepared for what could have been another in a long series of second place finishes.

"It isn't often you can sit on the bench and win," said Anthony after the nerve-racking triumph.

"I really wanted to win this bad because it gives me four National Championships and it's going to be hard for anyone to top that," he added, savoring the prestige of a major tournament win as well as the $21,000 first prize.

It was also Anthony's third win in his last four tournaments on the Winter Tour and he had finished third in the event he didn't win.

Anthony took control of the 56-game qualifying and match play event after the fourth round and went on to build a 285-pin cushion over Dick Weber, the 51-year-old bowling legend and hero of a generation past. Weber had out-maneuvered Schlegel for the second-seeded position with Schlegel getting third, followed by two-time PBA National Champion Dave Davis, in fourth, and Gary Dickinson, runner-up in the 1980 National, in fifth.

It was a veteran and much revered finals cast with three having already been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame (Anthony, Weber and Davis) and the other two debating about who was the youngest (both 37, Schlegel was 15 days younger than Dickinson).

Despite a foul midway through the opening match, Davis edged Dickinson, 204-203. Then Schlegel stepped in to crush Davis, 245-171, and eliminate Weber, 236-204, to move into position to win the first major title of his career.

As nearly 2,000 people watched first-hand at Imperial Lanes in the enthusiastic bowling city of Toledo, Anthony and Schlegel stood even after five frames. Anthony pulled ahead with strikes in the seventh, eighth and ninth frames which proved to be enough to win the 22nd annual National Championship of the Professional Bowlers Association.

TELEVISED FINALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.242 (1 game)$21,000
2Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.718 (3 games)11,000
3Dick Weber, St. Louis204 (1 game)6,000
4Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J.375 (2 games)5,000
5Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas203 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Davis defeated Dickinson, 204-203; Schlegel defeated Davis, 245-171; Schlegel defeated Weber, 236-204; and in the championship match, Anthony defeated Schlegel, 242-237.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 12499 223.1 16-8-0 480 12979 
2Dick Weber, St. Louis 12244 218.6 15-9-0 450 12694 
3Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A. 12248 218.7 12-11-1 375 12623 
4Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J. 12035 214.9 18-6-0 540 12575 
5Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas 12049 215.1 14-10-0 420 12469 
**6Henry Gonzalez, Colo. Springs, Colo. 12012 214.5 15-9-0 450 12462 $4,050
7Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Kan. 11970 213.7 16-8-0 480 12450 3,500
8Tim Black, Toledo, Ohio 12033 214.8 12-12-0 360 12393 3,000
9Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 11972 213.7 14-10-0 420 12392 2,800
10Don Bell, Santa Cruz, Calif. 11938 213.1 14-10-0 420 12358 2,600
11Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 11964 213.6 13-11-0 390 12354 2,400
12Gary Cunningham, Baldwinsville, N.Y. 11993 214.1 12-12-0 360 12353 2,200
13Jerry Held, Monroe, Mich. 11868 211.9 15-9-0 450 12318 2,100
14Anthony Churchey, Huntsville, Ala. 11949 213.3 10-14-0 300 12249 2,000
15Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 11928 213.0 10-14-0 300 12228 1,900
16Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif. 11748 209.7 12-12-0 360 12108 1,800
17Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 11771 210.1 10-14-0 300 12071 1,700
18Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 11618 207.4 11-13-0 330 11948 1,600
19Dennis Pate, Temple, Texas 11635 207.7 10-14-0 300 11935 1,500
20Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 11589 206.9 11-12-1 345 11934 1,400
21Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 11654 208.1 8-16-0 240 11894 1,300
22Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 11489 205.1 8-16-0 240 11729 1,200
23Rich Hartman, Alton, 111. 11518 205.6 6-18-0 180 11698 1,150
24Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 11529 205.8 5-19-0 150 11679 1,100

32-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Norm Meyers, St. Louis$1,035
26Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.950
27Rich Carrubba, N. Brunswick, N.J.940
28Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.925
 Teata Semiz, Fairfield, N.J.925
30Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass.910
31John Handegard, Eugene, Ore.900
32Charlie Tapp, St. Paul, Minn.890
33Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.880
34Jeff Morin, Cleveland870
35Boysie Huber, St. Louis860
36Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore.850
37Chuck Pierce, Dallas840
38Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.830
39Charlie Lacy, Midland, Texas820
40Gary Gibson, Painesville, Ohio805
 Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.805
42Carmen Salvino, Chicago790
43Tom Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla.780
44Dale Glenn, Alta Loma, Calif.770
45Jeff Edens, Wilmington, N.C.760
46Dan Lusteg, EI Cajon, Calif.750
47Richard Martinez, Yuba City, Calif.740
48Jeff Valentine, Natick, Mass.730
49Tom Hinz, Joliet, Ill.720
50Neil Burton, St. Louis710
51Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.700
52Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.690
53Jerry Miller, Twin Falls, Idaho680
54Allie Clarke, Ravenna, Ohio670
55Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.660
56David Kappel, Chicago650
57Daniel Ghezzi, Childs, Pa.640
58Mal Acosta, Hayward. Calif.630
59Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio620
60Dave Hunter, Ormond Beach, Fla.610
61Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.600
62Dave Beckmann, Mercer Island, Wash.590
63Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.580
64Bo Bowden, Dallas570
65AI Thompson, Columbus, Ohio560
66Ralph Brunt, Calhoun, Ga.545
 Bob Perry, Paterson, N.J.545
68Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis530
69Harvey Pallas, Stevensville. Mich.520
70Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif.510
71Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.500
72Billy George, Citrus Hts., Calif.490
73John Denton, Midland, Tex.480
74Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn.470
75Lee Snow, Farmington Hills, Mich.460
76Moon Mullins, Ocala, Fla.450
77Gary Morgan, Manchester, Conn..440
78Steve Tripp, Wethersfield, Conn.430
79Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio420
80Oliver Mabry, Detroit410
81Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.400
82Reggie Denard, Detroit400
83Jim Ragnoni, Oberlin, Ohio400
84Woody Crist, Williamsport, Pa.400
85Arnie Goldman, Chicago400
86Sam Zurich, Centerport, N.Y.400
87Wes Buehrer, Toledo, Ohio390
88Mitch Jabczenski, Taylor, Mich.390
89Jim Pencak, Highland Hts., Ohio390

* - Match Play Alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Anthony, 7044. 24th place Held, 6757. N Tim Black rolled a 300 game. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) Jim Schroeder, Marshall Holman, Chuck Pierce, Boysie Huber, Skip Tucker, Teata Semiz, Pete Couture, Dave Husted, Bob Kwolek, Jim Godman, Fred Conner, Martin Letscher, Frank Ellenburg, Rich Hartman, Rick Vittone, Mike Durbin, Reggie Denard, Joe Berardi, Neil Burton, Dave Soutar, Derrick Massey, Rich DeLucia, Hugh Miller, Don Bell, Paul Moser and Frank Zitnik.