Showboat Hotel & Lanes, Las Vegas, Nov., Jan 19-23, 1971

Johnson Rocks The Boat

Don Johnson's first triumph of the season was a whopper. In moving from third place to victory in the Showboat Invitational-once again a $77,777.77 event-Don overcame three opponents, the clincher being a 269-223 win over top-seeded Barry Asher.

Totaling 734 for his three games-an average of 244-the veteran righthander had to be good, for all participants in the TV finals were at the top of their game, all shooting 200 or better. The Showboat Lanes provided ideal scoring conditions, as witness three 300 games and a championship round that saw Dick Weber down Allie Clarke, 247-228; Johnson rip Weber 257-203 and Johnny Petraglia, 208-203 and then Johnson tripping eight straight strikes to vanquish Asher in the finale that returned $11,111.11 to the winner.

Asher earned $7,777.77 and each of the perfect games-by Asher, Clarke and Don McCune-were rewarded with $100, courtesy of the host Showboat.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio734 (3 games)$11,111.11
2Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.223 (1 game)7,777.77
3Johnny Petaglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.203 (1 game)5,000
4Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.450 (2 games)4,000
5Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio228 (1 game)3,600

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Weber defeated Clarke, 247-228; Johnson defeated Weber, 257-203; Johnson defeated Petraglia, 208-203; and in the championship game, Johnson defeated Asher, 269-223.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
**1Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 9264 10-6-0 500 9764 
2Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9135 11-5-0 550 9685 
3Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio 9074 10-6-0 500 9574 
**4Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio 9035 9-7-0 450 9485 
5Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 8961 10-6-0 500 9461 
*6Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8931 9-7-0 460 9381 $3,050
7Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 8971 8-8-0 400 9371 2,800
8Larry Lichstein, Windsor Locks, Conn. 8886 9-7-0 450 9336 2,600
9Jimmy McHugh, Newark, N.J. 8967 6-10-0 300 9267 2,400
10Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 8824 7-8-1 375 9199 2,200
11Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 8834 7-9-0 360 9184 1,950
12Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8834 7-9-0 350 9184 1,950
13Ted Hoffman, San Jose, Calif. 8778 6-10-0 300 9078 1,800
14George McDonald, Denver, Colo. 8760 6-10-0 300 9060 1,700
15Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 8780 5-10-1 275 9056 1,600
16Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif. 8764 6-11-0 250 9014 1,600


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.5253$1,060
18Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.5251900
19Dale Seavoy, Birmingham, Mich.5247800
20Mike Durbin, Dayton, Ohio6243700
21Mike Limongello, N. Babylon, N.Y.5239660
22Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.5230600
23Dick Battista Astoria, N.Y.6225560
24Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y.6219500
**25Don McCune Munster, Ind.5216485
 Wally Wagner, Santa Ana, Calif.5215485
27Jack Biondolillo, Gilroy, Calif.6207476
28Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif.5199460
29Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.5183460
30Vern Downing, San Francisco, Calif.9182440
31Craig Mueller, Union, N.J.5181430
32Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y.5180415
33Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas5180415
34Terry Booth, Mountain View, Calif.5171400
35Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif.5176390
36Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.6169375
37Ernie Schlegel, Flushing, N.Y.5169376
38Mick McMahon, Portland, Ore.5158365
39Pete Mylenki Emerson, N.J.5162360
40Al Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio5138355
41Lee Taylor, San Diego, Calif.6127350
42Tom Long, Los Angeles, Calif.5120346
43Les Schissler Denver, Colo.6109340
44Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif.5101335
46Roy Own, EI Paso, Texas5092330
 Pat Paterson, St. Louis, Mo.5076326
47Don Glover, Bakersfield, Calif.5076320
48Bob Cardoza, Atwater, Calif.5074315

*Alternate. **Clarke, Asher and McCune received $100 for 300 games. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-Asher 5606. 16th Low-Lichstein 524.