Firestone Tournament Of Champions



$200,000 FIRESTONE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 20-24, 1982

Durbin Delivers Again In Firestone

For Mike Durbin, one Firestone Tournament of Champions victory was not enough. Ten years later he returned to do it again.

Quite a bit changed in the decade after Durbin's first Firestone win in 1972. Only 14 players eligible during Durbin's initial triumph were on hand for the 1982 event. Continuing technological changes in the sport brought about different bowling balls, lane finishes, pins and styles of play, including that of Durbin, who had long since altered his three-step approach used in rolling a 775 three-game TV finals series 10 years earlier.

Ted Hannahs and Steve Cook, Durbin's two victims in his latest Firestone triumph, were 15 years old the day he downed George Pappas, Larry Laub and Tim Harahan for the $25,000 top prize in the $125,000 event at Riviera Lanes.

His second win netted Durbin $40,000 out of a $200,000 prize fund.

The 40-year-old Durbin fired strikes on six of his first seven attempts against top-seeded Cook, building a 32-pin lead midway through the match before clinching the title with a strike in the 10th frame. The final score was 233-203.

Durbin earned his way into the championship game with a 215-176 win against Hannahs after Hannahs had prevailed over Earl Anthony, 235-193, and Dave Husted, 248-221.

Cook, bidding to become the first bowler to successfully defend his championship in the Firestone, ran away with the No. 1 spot by 240 pins. Unlike his 1981 victory in which he started the final game with 10 strikes, the 6-foot-7, 265-pound southpaw trailed instantly after a 4-6-10 split in the first frame against Durbin.

Along with his two victories, Durbin has placed in each of the other top six positions throughout the years in the annual battle of champions and has earned over $112,000 in the tournament since 1967.

"There's probably both a psychological and physical advantage for me in this tournament," said Durbin. "The lanes favor the way I throw the ball."

The win represented Durbin's 10th PBA title, another milestone he avidly sought. The 1972 victory was his fifth tour title.

Second-place Cook earned $22,000 as well as another $1,500 in squad prizes. Third-place finisher Hannahs and fourth-place Husted were rookies to the T of C while Anthony, who finished fifth, was seeking an unprecedented third Firestone trophy.

Now Durbin can join in that quest.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio448 (2 games)$40,000
2Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.203 (1 game)22,000
3Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio659 (3 games)15,000
4Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.221 (1 game)10,000
5Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.193 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Hannahs defeated Anthony, 235-193; Hannahs defeated Husted, 248-221; Durbin defeated Hannahs, 215-176; and in the championship match, Durbin defeated Cook, 233-203.

48-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 10735 223.6 14-10-0 420 11155 
2Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 10420 217.0 16-7-1 495 10915 
3Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 10227 213.0 17-6-1 525 10752 
4Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio 10264 213.8 15-9-0 450 10714 
5Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 10332 215.2 12-12-0 360 10692 
**6Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 10201 212.5 15-8-1 465 10666 $5,850
7Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10244 213.4 13-11-0 390 10634 5,000
8Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 10198 212.4 12-11-1 375 10573 4,500
9Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn. 10178 212.0 13-11-0 390 10568 4,000
10Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 10182 212.1 12-12-0 360 10542 3,500
11Carmen Salvino, Chicago 10026 208.8 15-9-0 450 10476 3,200
12Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev. 10107 210.5 10-13-1 315 10422 3,000
13Tom Hudson, Akron, Ohio 9985 208.0 13-10-1 405 10390 2,900
14Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif. 9993 208.1 13-11-0 390 10383 2,800
15Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis. 10065 209.6 10-14-0 300 10365 2,700
16Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio 10067 209.7 8-15-1 255 10322 2,600
17Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 9947 207.2 12-12-0 360 10307 2,500
18Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 9874 205.7 13-11-0 390 10264 2,400
19Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9916 206.5 10-14-0 300 10216 2,300
20Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan. 9748 203.0 10-13-1 315 10063 2,200
21Wayne Webb, Indianapolis 9750 203.1 10-14-0 300 10050 2,100
22Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Spring, Colo. 9803 204.2 7-17-0 210 10013 2,000
23Pete Weber, St. Louis 9654 201.1 7-17-0 210 9864 1,900
24Matt Surina, Seattle, Wash. 9577 199.5 7-17-0 210 9787 1,800

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.$1,775
26Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo.1,700
27Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J.1,700
+28Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.600
29Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif.1,650
30Jeff Morin, Cleveland1,650
31Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan.1,650
32Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.1,650
33Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.1,600
34George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.1,600
35Bill Spigner, Chicago1,600
36Bill Straub, Lincoln, Neb.1,600
37Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,550
38Mal Acosta, Hayward, Calif.1,550
39Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.1,550
40Dick Weber, St. Louis1,550
41Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa1,500
42Ed Ressler Jr., Merrimack, N.H.1,500
43Jim Hills, St. Peters, Mo.1,500
44Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.1,500
45Bill Beach. Sharon, Pa.1,450
46Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,450
47Bill Coleman, Fremont, Calif.1,450
48Jim Miller, Mesa, Ariz.1,450
49Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,400
50Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio1,400
51Marshall Holman, Medford. Ore.1,400
52Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.1,375

* - Match play alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 24-game qualifying leader - Cook, 5439. 24th place - Pete Weber, 4907. PRO-AM CASHERS - Alvin Lou, Mike Aulby, Marshall Holman, Dave Davis, Mark Roth and Pete Couture ($50 each).
SQUAD PRIZES - High eight-game block ($500 each) - Mike Aulby, Steve Cook, Steve Cook, Earl Anthony, Steve Cook and Mike Aulby. High game each block ($250) - Pete Weber and Mike Aulby ($125 each), Nelson Burton Jr., Joe Hutchinson, Joe Hutchinson, Pete Weber & Mike Durbin. High game of tournament ($500 bonus) -Joe Hutchinson (290).
+ - Ernie Schlegel, who qualified for the tournament, could not start due to an ankle injury and was replaced in the tournament by Sam Flanagan. According to PBA rules, Schlegel received the first $1,000 earned by Flanagan, and Flanagan received the $500 alternate fee. They split the remaining money, $200, giving Schlegel $1,100 and Flanagan $600. Flanagan finished in 28th place, which was worth $1,700.