Hilander Bowling Palace, Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 26-Sep 1, 1973

Anthony Does Hilander Fling

Earl Anthony, wound up his tournament activity on the summer tour by winning the $70,000 Home Box Office PBA National Championship at Hilander Bowling Palace in Oklahoma City.

Anthony defeated Sam Flanagan, 212-189, in the championship game to record his second title of the year andseventh in his professional bowling career. He won at Seattle, Wash., in June. The victory was worth $8,000 to thecrew-cut veteran who has gained national prominence on the tour in the last four years.

For Flanagan, the defeat was a heart-breaker. It was his highest finish ever in PBA tournament warfare, and he mastered three opponents to make it to the championship game against Anthony.

Anthony, Flanagan, George Pappas, Gary Dickinson and Dave Davis made up the finals field. Anthony was top-seeded because of some superlative bowling throughout the week at Jack James' establishment.

In the championship finals, televised via pay cable television to parts of the East Coast by Home Box Office, Flanagan clashed with Davis in the first match, and when Davis missed two spares and left two splits, Flanagan claimed an easy 193-145 victory.

Two-time champion Dickinson was next up and Flanagan mastered him, 236-218; then in the next game, Flanagan closed with nine straight strikes after two early splits to topple Pappas, 247-236.

In the title match, Flanagan continued to bowl well early in the game, opening up a 19-pin lead over Anthony in the fourth frame. Flanagan then was victimized by a 4-6-7split in the eighth frame, and Anthony's three closing strikes cemented his victory.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.212 (1 game)$8,000
2Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.865 (4 games)4,500
3George Pappas, Charlotte N.C.236 (1 game)3,000
4Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas218 (1 game)2,500
5Dave Davis, Miami, Fla.145 (1 game)2,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS--Flanagan defeated Davis, 193-145; Flanagan defeated Dickinson, 236-218; Flanagan defeated Pappas, 247-236, and in the championship game, Anthony defeated Flanagan, 212189.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 12235 16-8-0 480 12715 
2George Pappas, Charlotte N.C. 12241 12-12-0 360 12601 
3Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 12042 14-10-0 420 12462 
4Dave Davis, Miami Fla. 11991 15-8-1 465 12456 
5Sam Flanagan Parkersburg, W. Va. 11995 13-11-0 390 12385 
*6Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 11902 13-11-0 390 12292 $1,850
7Tye Critchlow, Los Angeles Calif. 11867 14-10-0 420 12287 1,700
8Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo. 11851 14-10-0 420 12271 1,600
9Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 11896 14-12-0 360 12256 1,550
10Mark Roth, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11855 11-13-0 330 12185 1,475
 Ernie Schlegel Ft. Lee, N.J. 11825 12-12-0 360 12185 1,475
12Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 11810 11-12-1 345 12155 1,400
13Norm Meyers St. Louis, Mo. 11771 12-12-0 360 12134 1,350
14Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif. 11833 10-14-0 300 12133 1,300
15Les Zikes, Chicago, Ill. 11769 11-11-2 360 12129 1,250
16Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 11736 13-11-0 390 12126 1,200
17Art Trask, Miami, Fla. 11784 11-13-0 330 12114 1,150
18Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La. 11800 10-14-0 300 12100 1,100
19Steve Buell, Salt Lake City, Utah 11705 12-12-0 360 12065 1,050
20Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y. 11710 10-14-0 300 12010 1,000
21John Handegard, Eugene, Ore. 11613 10-14-0 300 11913 950
#22Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 11520 11-13-0 330 11850 900
#23Bruce Ritchie, Seattle, Wash. 11527 9-15-0 270 11797 850
24Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 11431 10-14-0 300 11731 800


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Bob Perry, Ft. Wayne, Ind.6718$715
26Dennis Turner, Stockton, Calif.6712605
27Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.6700570
28Don Bell, San Francisco, Calif.6696535
29Adam Toney, Oak Hill, Va.6677500
30Ted Malicki, Cleveland, Ohio6672480
31Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.6650460
32Mike Lemongello, Islip, N.Y.6616410
33Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Cal.6640420
34Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo.6633405
 Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif6633405
36Maury Newman, Houston, Texas6584390
37Doak McDonnell, Burkburnett, Texas6580380
38Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.6572370
39Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.6563360
40Preston McEady, Detroit, Mich.6553350
41Pete Brown, St. Petersburg, Fla.6517340
42Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.6509330
43Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio6489325
44Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio6172320
45Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.6455315
46Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif.6443310
47Sandy Finkelstein, Cortland, N.Y.6432305
+48Chris Buck, London, England (26 games)5365300

*Alternate. #Received for 300 games. 32-game qualifying leader-Flanagan 7,000. 24th low-Buell 6,723. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Skee Foremsky, Sam Flanagan, Tim Albin, Bill Beach, Jim Stefanich, Don McCune.