Coliseum Lanes, Coral Gables, Fla., Mar 17-21, 1970

McGrath Drives To Win

Mike McGrath didn't fail when he received his second chance at winning the Cougar Open. Second one year ago, when he came up with a subpar 149 in a losing effort to Ralph Engan, this time around the gritty lefthander was equal to the task. Four straight strikes from the seventh through the tenth frames were the impetus Mike needed to put down the threat posed by Dave Davis, who turned in the event's only 300 game. As a matter of record, McGrath and Davis outdistanced the field in the qualifier for the $10,000 winner's share in the $75,000 tournament.

Scoring generally was low in .the preliminaries and that was the case, too, in the finals. Alex Seymore tore through Bob Strampe (216-194) in the opener and then whipped Dick Battista in a low-scoring match, 164-151. Then, it was Davis over the challanger, 204-176, before the windup at Coliseum Lanes.

In addition to the winner's check, McGrath also received a new Cougar automobile, courtesy of the sponsoring Lincoln-Mercury firm.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Cal.216 (1 game)$10,000
(plus new Cougar)
***2Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.396 (2 games)$6,000
3Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.556 (3 games)4,000
4Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y.151 (1 game)3,500
5Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.194 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Seymore defeated Strampe, 216-194; Seymore defeated Battista, 164-151; Davis defeated Seymore, 204-176; and in the championship game McGrath defeated Davis, 216-192.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Cal. 8628 12-4-0 600 9228 
2Dave Davis, Miami, Fla. 8574 11-5-0 560 9124 
3Dick Battista, Astoria, N.Y. 8198 9-7-0 460 8648 
4Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C. 8174 9-7-0 450 8624 
5Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 8206 8-8-0 400 8605 
*6Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C. 8191 8-8-0 400 8691 $2,660
7Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8197 7-9-0 360 8547 2,200
8Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 8188 7-9-0 350 8638 2,000
9George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 8055 9-7-0 460 8505 1,800
10Skee Foremsky, Houston, Tex. 8065 8-8-0 400 8465 1,700
11Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 8008 9-7-0 450 8458 1,600
12Ron Hamlin, Delray Beach, Fla. 8087 7-9-0 350 8437 1,500
13Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La. 7986 7-8-1 375 8361 1,400
14Harry Smith, Fresno, Cal. 7998 5-10-1 275 8273 1,300
15Jim Godman, Elkhart, Ind. 7951 5-11-0 250 8201 1,200
**16Richard Canicatti, Hialeah, Fla. 7884 6-10-0 300 8184 1,100


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Cal.4814$950
18Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Cal.4811850
19Jack Biondolillo, Gilroy, Cal.4809800
20Larry Laub, San Francisco, Cal.4806750
21Jack Getzen Lansing, Mich.4803700
22Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N.Y.4800626
 Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wisc.4800625
24Steve Wallace, Houston, Tex.4792580
25Roland Alexander, Los Angeles, Cal.4788670
26Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Cal.4786560
27Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.4783650
28Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.4780536
 Eddy Patterson, Dallas, Tex.4780535
30Bill Tucker, St. Louis, Mo.4763620
31Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.4761510
32Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash.4758500
33Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Cal.4754490
34Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.4743480
35Larry Lichstein, Windsor Locks, Conn.4741470
36Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.428455
 Paul Petescola, Oradell, N.J.4728455
38Eddie Cook, Florence, S.C.4711440
39Bill Jargella, Irvington, N.J.4699430
40Lamar Keck, Reseda, Cal.4696420

*Alternate. **Local Entry. ***Davis received $100 for 300 game. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-Davis, 5136 24th Low-Canicatti, 4819. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Jim Stefanich, Mike Limongello, Ralph Engan, Billy ardwick, Bill Tucker, Jim Godman.